Who wants to lead the Republican Party? That’s what even the most casual of observers would have to ask when they see how Republicansreact to any display of leadership. As former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson wrote, we seem to have a “driving desire to lose.” While we complain that there is no Republican leadership in Washington, it seems that anyone who shows leadership gets cut off at the knees.
Last month, House GOP Whip Eric Cantor, an incredibly capable and effective leader, took the initiative to create the National Council for a New America. NCNA is a vehicle to highlight GOP solutions to the problems facing America while offering an opportunity for our leaders to hear directly from the American people. This effort has enlisted some of the brightest stars of the Republican Party nationally, idea people with records of accomplishment — and political success. Leaders like Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Bobby Jindal, Haley Barbour and Sarah Palin.
The political reality is this: Democrats didn’t earn their way into the majority in 2006 and 2008, Republicans handed it to them through our dreadful governance. This is true of Republicans in 1994, as well. We didn’t earn our majority; Democrats squandered theirs.
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