President Obama and the Democrats blame the Republicans. The Republicans blame themselves. Even the chairman of the Republican National Committee revealed that voters see the GOP as "scary." After its brutal loss in November, the lingering question is whether the GOP will survive, rebuild and strengthen or become part of political history.
The report released this week by the Republican National Committee is the first step in acknowledging the technological, grassroots and messaging deficiencies in the party and the tools needed to compete for votes. Republicans also need to learn from the states where 30 Republican governors are succeeding and growing their grassroots efforts.
If CPAC was any indication of the future of conservatism and the Republican Party, the GOP will make a strong comeback. The halls of the Gaylord hotel were filled with energetic young students, women and men making the case for a more accountable efficient government and individual empowerment. The speakers spoke passionately about the need to fight for freedom (both economic and religious) and limit government intrusion in our lives as well as protecting the most vulnerable in our society.
What hurts the GOP is when we have leaders placing the blame on other leaders within the party. Governor Sarah Palin's attack on Karl Rove was unnecessary. Their petty back and forth does not advance the cause. Trying to make Karl Rove enemy #1 and pit so-called establishment against the Tea party movement further breaks down the party. All the while President Obama and his followers are smoking cigarettes on the White House balcony and laughing at how silly the Republicans appear as they attack their own.
The Republicans should heed the advice of the first Republican president Abraham Lincoln: A house divided against itself cannot stand. Republicans need to unite to succeed. They also should focus on President Obama's inability to govern and his weak policies that fail to lift Americans out of despair and poverty. Health care premiums are rising; more people are receiving food stamps; children are stuck in mediocre schools with few options and more government spending is simply resulting in a bloated inefficient government.
The Republicans have a chance when poll after poll shows that the majority American people do not agree with President Obama's policies although they may "like" him and the Democratic Party. The soul searching is over and this is moment for the Republicans to unite, market themselves effectively and not let the other party define them.