There has been quite a bit of chatter the last few days over how Republicans seem to be shooting themselves in the foot by tacking so far to the right. The fervor that is clearly favoring the right continues to lead most observers to predict big gains for the GOP in an upcoming wave election, a probable takeover in the House and likely a comfortable enough margin in the Senate that the Democrats won’t be able to peel off enough moderates to overcome filibuster threats without injecting more of what Republicans want into legislation.
On the flip side, moving so far to the right is turning off more and more moderates, driving many to even leave the party altogether and causing many to wonder whether the strategy of just riding the disappointment with Obama and not providing real policy solutions that the GOP could push for and campaign on in 2011 and 2012 is charting a course for a sure fire loss in 2012.
Fairly moderate Republican, and reasonable analyst, David Frum, has been taking on the mantle of this message of late. He’s a Republican through and through, but sees the long term need for a party that has enough support to win all over the country, not just in limited areas, with shrinking demographics and when the Democrats overstep their mandate.
See this post, by Frum, on why the moderates are leaving the GOP behind, this post, also by Frum, on how they’re going to need to take some well thought out positions if they want to be taken seriously as a governing party, and this exceedingly well done Washington Post article on how the GOP could learn a thing or two from the Conservatives / Tories across the pond, and the leadership of Prime Minister Cameron.