RMC Friends Discuss the Future of the GOP, Charting a New PathPosted: April 15, 2013
|Last week’s reception and political roundtable, ‘Charting a New Path for the GOP’ was a huge success! Thanks to the continued support of our committed members, friends, and esteemed guests, we enjoyed a thought-provoking debate about the rebuilding of the Republican Party. Our incredible panelists, Congressman Richard Hanna (R-NY), acclaimed Writer and News Anchor Campbell Brown and Political and Media Strategist Steve Grand, shared their knowledge and insights in a discussion critical to the Party’s efforts to rebrand in the wake of the 2012 elections. We were pleased to also be joined by 2012 GOP candidates who were brave enough to put their beliefs into action and run for public office. It was an honor to have the opportunity to present them with RMC’s 2013 Courage Award.
Some takeaways from the evening:
We, as mainstream Republicans, believe in the big-tent and encourage tolerance for differing viewpoints. We know that commonsense solutions are achievable. However, we cannot ignore that socially extreme GOP leaders are themselves a brand, and their ‘base’ may never willingly move to the center. The question is can we live and work together, and form coalitions and alliances, while agreeing to disagree on some issues? Bringing more mainstream Republicans into the Primary process should be a top priority, but at the end of the day politics is a numbers calculation, and the GOP needs a far stronger coalition. The Republican Party must be less concerned with exclusionary labels like pro-choice vs. pro-life, and approach issues with successful outcomes and real solutions in mind.
As the Party continues on the rebranding path, they must reconnect with the founding Republican values of limited government and personal liberty. The GOP must stay true to these principles while modernizing their agenda for a changing world. This directly supports our belief that by finding areas of common ground— such as the shared desire to prevent unwanted pregnancies—and working together, we can create long-term cost-effective solutions to our nation’s problems. After all, that’s what makes us real Republicans.