For Republicans, the election results are a cause for reflection and re-evaluation. Democratic success in U.S. Senate races owed more to Republican candidates with foot-in-mouth disease than an embrace of Democratic solutions. Those races showed that Republican voters must do a better job of evaluating nominees in the future. In politics, the message and the messenger matter.
Furthermore, Romney got fewer votes nationally than 2008 nominee John McCain, who got fewer votes than George W. Bush in 2004. The party has lost the support of millions of citizens in recent years. To connect with those disenchanted voters, the GOP has to better communicate how conservative policies translate into pragmatic results that benefit average citizens. Ronald Reagan built an electoral majority by adding groups to the Republican Party. The modern GOP must do the same.
Romney displayed a graciousness in defeat that illustrated the characteristics we believe would have made him a good president. He's to be commended for running a serious campaign that focused on reviving the United States.
“The nation, as you know, is at a critical point,” he said. “At a time like this, we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing.”
We hope President Obama and members of Congress take Romney's words to heart.