Over the past few weeks, the Republican Party has been less concerned with the fact that its popularity is dwindling and more so with the debate of who is the real Republican—Cheney or Powell? Instead of trying to unite the Party and move forward using the original big-tent philosophy of the GOP, key members of the Party have set out to divide, with the only consequence being the ultimate demise of the once majority-holding GOP.
Last night, however, Newt Gingrich offered a new message, one of inclusion. Gingrich and other Party leaders are finally responding to the mainstream majority in the GOP who know that the promotion of a true big-tent is the only way our Party will ever win elections. Gingrich said, “History teaches us that there is a road back to the majority, if we are prepared to be inclusive and not exclusive. I am happy that Dick Cheney is a Republican. I am also happy Colin Powell is a Republican.” He reminded members at the annual GOP fundraiser that within a majority-holding party there would always be debate about he direction of the Party, but it is only with the support of conservatives, moderates, and even Democrats that the GOP will have a chance of defeating their opponents.
We at RRM have long championed the return of the Party to its core big-tent beliefs and hope that Party leaders have finally joined us in supporting this call. Please let us know what you thought of Newt Gingrich’s speech and other statements made at last night’s fundraiser.
For full audio version of Newt Gingrich’s speech please visit this link.