The GOP is officially in shambles. There is no denying it.
There is talk of Palin possibly being one of the top choices for President in four years; thank God there are four years for others to prove their worthiness of the nominee.
McCain went down hard in the election. What else can you expect? McCain did not seperate himself enough from George Bush and his policies. How can you expect to win when the Republican platform is flawed in some respects? Is anyone enthusiastic about the platform that was being propped up the past half year? I'm not talking about being enthusiastic about opposing Obama, but being excited about John McCain as President of the United States.
When I look back to the Rally for the Republic, I saw people genuinely excited about change. This change was not the change offered by Barack Obama, or the continuation of George Bush policies that McCain was basically running on (i.m.h.o.). Here we had ten thousand people coming together because they believed in a change that was shunned by the GOP, the supposed "conservative" party of the United States.
What is a conservative/libertarian to do when their candidate for President (or Senate, etc.) is in support of a policy of military interventionism, continuing a failed drug war that has been going on far too long, government intervention into the free markets, etc.? There is too many differences to justify a vote. That is where I stood this year, and that is how I will stand in the coming years.
A couple days back I was listening to Glenn Beck when he said that as the argument continues concerning voting for the lesser of the two evils, as Republicans keep saying "hey, we are more conservative than the democrats, you have to vote for us!" that the party continue to move further to the left. Using this argument, it does not matter how conservative the party is, but only the simple fact that they are MORE conservative than the other guys. I say we hold them to a higher standard when it comes to being conservative.
The election is now over, but for the GOP there is an incredible amount of debate and planning to get done in the short-term. It would do the leaders and higher-ups in the party well to take a step back and ask "how did we get to this point?" What I find negligible is whether or not Sarah Palin 'cost' John McCain the election. Honestly, I think there are much, much, much bigger issues that need to be addressed than whether or not Sarah Palin was a 'drag' on the ticket. Even if she was, McCain chose her and ultimately it would go straight back to him. This blame game is irrelevent.
I think this is a unique time for all who favor liberty and believe the constitution was meant to restrain government, not a document stating what the government is supposed to do for you. If you discount Obama-mania, this small yet growing sect of people calling for a constitutional government is the fastest growing and most exciting movement in American Politics. I think that people that even have a little bit of that mindset in the Republican Party are just yearning for change within the party itself. Imagine a party that stood up for truly limited government and protection of constitutional rights and promoted a restrained government?? It would be historical.
Nevertheless, I do not hold out any extreme amount of hope that the Republican Party will move further to the right. Even if they did, it would be a long and painful process. I will never say it is impossible, and I truly believe motivated individuals can cause much more change than they believe. If there were even 500,000 people who organized (hmmm campaign for liberty?) and shared their political thoughts with friends and colleauges, I do believe change can happen within the Republican Party. As long as the Republican Party is controlled by Neo-Cons, this challenge will be more dificult than it needs to be. This election was the first step, though, in sending a message to the party organizers that there is change that is desperately needed - change in the Republican Party.