Daily Archives: Nov. 20, 2012

After defeat, GOP still has reasons for optimism

Though Republicans failed to regain the presidency and lost seats in both the U.S. House and Senate, the future isn’t as bad for the party as some contend. Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post wrote that the GOP has reasons for optimism, including: The party’s superstars (Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan) are coming of age, there is a historic number (30) of GOP governors, and “presidential politics in the post-World War II era tend to be defined by the pendulum effect.”

Is it only GOP rhetoric that is the problem?

When speaking last week at the Kansas Agri Business Expo in Wichita, talk-show host and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (in photo) blamed the GOP’s loss this election on the harshness of Republican rhetoric, not on the party’s underlying message. Huckabee has been more sensitive about issues of poverty and race than many Republican leaders. But is it really only the tone that is the problem, not the message – particularly on immigration and women’s issues? At a book-signing event in Kansas City, Mo., this past weekend, Huckabee criticized “the Republican Party’s complete abandonment of Todd Akin.” Huckabee stood by Akin after the Missouri congressman said that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Kansas Chamber can be at odds with local concerns

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce’s new president, Mike O’Neal (in photo), said that the focus of his organization is on what benefits the state as a whole from a business perspective. “There may be times there’s a local issue that affects you that may not fit squarely with the legislative agenda at the state level,” he told members of the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce last week. The Kansas Chamber’s push for tax cuts, regardless of the impact on schools and other important services, and the hundreds of thousands of dollars it spent trying to defeat local legislative candidates have caused a number of local chambers to pull out of the state organization. O’Neal also said that he does not believe there will be a state budget deficit, even though state revenue estimators recently forecast a $705 million drop in tax collections next fiscal year.