As 16 of the nation’s 21 GOP governors meet in Florida, they seem to be clear on the bleak status quo of the party nationally, if not on what to do about it. Said Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (in photo): “We cannot compete, and prevail, as a majority governing party if we have a significant deficit, as we do, with women, where we have a large deficit with Hispanics, where we have a large deficit with African-American voters, where we have a large deficit with people of modest incomes and modest financial circumstances. Those are not factors that make up a formula for success going forward.” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said of voters: “They fired us with cause.” But Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour advised that things could be worse, as they were after Watergate: “I have looked down at the grave of the Republican Party, and this ain’t it.”
Meanwhile, Sarah Palin urged her fellow GOP governors to be reformers who “show the federal government the way.” She also said: “We are now the minority party, but let us not resolve to become the negative party, too eager to find fault or unwilling to help in this time of crisis and war. . . . Let us build our case with actions, not just with words.”
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