The Republican strategist who helped Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman prepare for a possible presidential run says the Republican party is in for a devastating defeat if its guiding lights are Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney. "If it's 2012 and our party is defined by Palin and Limbaugh and Cheney, then we're headed for a blowout," says strategist John Weaver, who advised Huntsman and was for years a close adviser to Sen. John McCain. "That's just the truth."I think he's right.
As I posted on Tax Day, we need a new image based on detailing our views (with emphasis on American history, economics and national security). As much as I appreciate Rush's show, Palin's folksy hometown personality and Cheney's stalwart defense of the Bush Administration, they are not future picks in my opinion. The new GOP needs to be able to circumvent pigeonholes the Democrats and leftists try to push conservatives in to. While Rush, Gov. Palin and the former VP represent their respective parts of the GOP, we need others, like the socially moderate, free market advocating Huntsman, to also speak up. Statist Republicans, on the other hand, should kindly not speak.
The future of conservatism rests on our ability to create a new fusion as we did in the wake of the statist reforming of the United States under FDR. We can make America great again, but only if we include all the voices of limited government.