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Article for Thursday and commentary

May 7, 2009

Should the GOP forget Reagan?   It certainly seems like a silly idea to forget about the greatest politician to have been a part of your party and Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal addresses exactly how ridiculous it is. Many pundits have questioned what the Republican Party should do as it crumbles apart, with most saying that it needs to become more moderate and welcome in more people. True conservatives, however, would argue just the opposite. The GOP tried to run the moderate candidate in John McCain and they got blown out. George W. Bush acted like a Democrat when it came to spending and he was heavily criticized. Republicans are now trying to figure out what their next step should be in rebranding the GOP image.

I initially thought that the listening tour, called the National Council for a New America created by House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, was a good idea. After listening to the opinions of other conservatives, however, I realized that listening is the last thing Republicans need to be doing. Republicans need to start telling Americans exactly what their plans, ideas and policies are.

Americans want the same things that Americans have always wanted. The most important thing is to have the ability to have a job and to provide for their family. People want a fair chance to earn success when they work hard and that is exactly what the American Dream is all about. Republicans need to get to work and tell Americans how their economic policies will take care of this first want and to convince people that their plans will benefit everyone. They don’t need to become more moderate, they just need to do a better job of articulating policies and convincing people their ways will help them out.

The second thing that Americans want is leadership from their politicians. Whether or not you like his policies, everyone can agree that President Obama is the undisputed leader and voice of the Democratic Party. It can be argued, and has been, that Obama’s style of leadership does not work for a president, but any leadership is better than the zero leadership shown by GOP members. Someone needs to step up and present not only forceful opposition to President Obama’s policies, but articulate conservative policies to the American people and let them know how those policies will assist Americans.

The third thing Americans want from politicians is consistency. Being called out for “flip-flopping” is not a good thing in the political world. People want to know exactly where their representatives stand on issues. Staying on message is another thing President Obama excels at and Republicans have recently struggled with. Conservatives and fiscal responsibility have usually been connected to the Republican Party, but Republicans have not acted fiscally responsible at all as of late. They need to re-establish themselves as the party of fiscal conservatism and get back to the message that won them so many voters.

Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp were fabulous at articulating policies, staying on message and providing leadership. The last thing Republicans should do is stray away from Reagan. While it is very sad to see a great person and politician like Jack Kemp pass away, the names of Kemp and Reagan are now back on the minds of conservatives, which has to be a good thing. Maybe Jack and Ronald will be able to provide some more guidance from up above in a time when Republicans desperately need it.

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New CNN Poll: Americans okay with Bush administration’s enhanced interrogation methods

May 6, 2009

CNN has an article up on poll results of Americans on enhanced interrogation methods. In a CNN research poll, 60% of Americans believe that some of the enhanced interrogation methods used by the Bush administration, such as waterboarding, qualify as torture, while 36% disagree. At the same time, half of Americans believe that using these enhanced interrogation methods was okay, while 46% thought it was not okay. 57% of people think that Bush administration officials should not be prosecuted and 42% thought that they should not be.

SPECIAL SPORTS POST: The New York Yankees suck and it is really upsetting

May 6, 2009

I’m a New York Yankees fan. The tradition, pinstripes, magic and aura of the organization is amazing to me. I used to be a Yankee hater, but I was just conforming to what other people were doing. When I finally had the ability to think for myself, I realized that the Yankee franchise is what sports is all about. A passionate ownership, a constant striving for championships and nothing less, intense fans and magical moments throughout their history. The Yankees are the American Dream, building up a conglomerate from a simple baseball squad.

The problem is that the magic has faded over the past few years. Instead of the homegrown talent like Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Bernie Williams, the Yankees have relied on buying the best free agents on the market and hoped that putting together an all-star roster will help produce a championship. Recently, however, it has been well documented that this approach does not work. You need tough players who play hard every day and have chemistry. The Yankees have really focused on just buying the best players instead of putting together the best roster.

What makes things worse is that their arch-rival, the Boston Red Sox, have done everything perfectly over the past few years, including getting some lucky bounces. The Red Sox attempted to get Alex Rodriguez but the Yankees traded young superstar Alfonso Soriano to get A-Rod. After all of the issues that A-Rod has been through and all of the playoff disasters he has been a part of, its clear the Sox lucked out. Soriano, in the meantime, has blossomed into the best leadoff hitter in the game. The Yankees also outbid the Sox for Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras, who turned into a huge waste of money for the Bronx Bombers. Again, the Sox lucked out. This past winter, the Red Sox tried to sign blue-chip free agent Mark Teixeira. At the last second, the Yankees came in and signed Teixeira, which according to many baseball experts was the move that would lead the Yankees back to glory. As Teixeira struggles to hit over .200 in the first month and the Yankees hover around .500, Yankee fans wonder why all the luck has turned against them.

I would have to say that the new Yankee Stadium is just depressing. Actually, I haven’t been there so I can’t say for sure, but every time there are Yankee highlights on ESPN, all I can see is empty seats behind home plate. It looks like an exhibition game or something other then Yankee baseball. The old Yankee Stadium had so many amazing moments in it and early indications seem to show that it will be a while before we see any more magical moments in the new ballpark. As Robinson Cano stepped to the plate with the bases loaded Monday night against Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon, it seemed as though this would finally be the new moment for Yankee Stadium. Down two, against the hated Red Sox, this would be the baptism of Yankee Stadium. A glorious comeback that could finally turn momentum around for the Yankees.

Cano struck out swinging to end the game.

The Yankees have a pathetic bullpen. They completely overpaid for reliever Damaso Marte, who has been horrible this season. Rivera has already blown a save against the Sox. Chien-Ming Wang, who was thought to be a solid starter for the rotation, was miserable in his first three starts and couldn’t make it past the fifth inning in any outing. Offseason additions to the rotation, C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, have both been inconsistent, with Burnett blowing a six run lead against the Red Sox. There is a lack of clutch hitting in big games and injuries have already hit hard, leaving Jorge Posada, Xavier Nady and Brian Bruney all on the DL.

Right now, there seems to be no avoiding it. The New York Yankees suck. But there is plenty of time to turn things around. A-Rod will come back from his hip injury to provide more power and protection for Teixeira. Wang has looked much better in minor league games. Bruney will help the bullpen once he gets healthy. The MLB season is very long and gives plenty of time for teams to come back from tough starts. For now though, Yankee fans will have to accept that their team just isn’t very good.

Should GOP leaders be teaching conservatism?

May 4, 2009

 

Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh believes Republicans need to teach Americans about conservatism and Ronald Reagan

Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh believes Republicans need to teach Americans about conservatism and Ronald Reagan

It has been widely documented that the Republican Party has totally come apart over the course of the past two elections. The reasons for the collapse, however, are greatly disputed. Some say that the party has drifted too far to the right, not wanting moderates to become part of the party. One of the people that believes this is senator Arlen Specter, who has just changed sides to the in power Democratic Party. While many suspect this was purely a move based on political perseverance, Specter contends that the Republicans had moved too far to the right. Others, like radio host Rush Limbaugh, believe that in reality, Republicans have become too moderate and there doesn’t seem to be a difference between most of their policies and those of the Democrats. Limbaugh says that GOP leaders have forgotten the principles of Ronald Reagan and conservatism and that has led to their demise.

 

Conservatism has been a concept that many people no longer understand. It is based on what the Founding Fathers wrote about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This focuses on people keeping and controlling their private property, which includes income and real property. This is the first point of the Republican Party’s platform, which is otherwise known as fiscal conservatism. GOP leaders need to teach people what fiscally conservative ideas actually are and what the differences are between them and the Democratic Party’s economic ideas. The fact is, Republicans have not ran a truly fiscally conservative president since Ronald Reagan. George H.W. Bush raised taxes. His son, George W. Bush, spent out of control. Although they were both Republicans, neither of them were truly conservatives and this hurt the image of the party that Reagan had spent eight years building up. Younger voters don’t remember the values of Ronald Reagan and many people have no idea what his values actually are. This is why GOP leaders need to get back to actual fiscal conservatism and teach people what that means and how a free market empowers and helps everyone instead of a government tearing down some to give hand outs to others.

Lots of pundits argue that the religious right has taken over the Republican Party and this has turned voters off because of their “controversial” views on social issues. My question is, when did it become controversial to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman? When did it become controversial to oppose the killing of innocent children? In reality, more people share the views of the religious right on social issues than the media would lead you to believe. In a recent Pew Research Center poll, views on gun rights and abortion seem to be turning towards the conservative point of view. California recently voted in favor of Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in what is thought of as a vastly liberal state. According to exit polls, African-Americans and Hispanics, two minority groups that are largely thought of as being excluded from the Republican Party, were a huge part of passing Prop. 8. GOP leaders could connect with these two groups on these social issues and then proceed to help them understand how fiscal conservatism and a free market will benefit them.

Republicans tried to become moderates with the nomination of John McCain in the 2008 election and they got destroyed. Instead, Republicans need to re-educate Americans on conservatism and how it has worked in the past, instead of liberal ideas that have never in history been able to work. As a start, I would suggest these leaders and other people who want to learn about conservatism read the book “Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto” by talk radio host Mark Levin. It is a simple, brilliant way of breaking down conservatism and how it relates to the Founding Fathers of our nation and how it is undisputedly a better option than Statism, which is the term Levin uses to describe liberals. Congressman Eric Cantor of Virginia did a great thing by organizing the National Council for a New America and making sure GOP leaders listen to the concerns of Americans. It would be a better thing, however, if these same leaders taught the basics of conservatism to those same American people.

Article for Sunday; Opinion on the Supreme Court

May 3, 2009

Neither a Souter nor a Specter be   William Kristol of the Weekly Standard writes about the rather dismal week the Republican Party just went through. The defection of senator Arlen Specter to the Democratic Party was bad enough, but then liberal Supreme Court Justice David Souter announced he will be stepping down soon. It would be easy for Republicans to be worried or upset about the departures,especially that of Specter, but Kristol argues that this gives Republicans many opportunities to counter and rebuild. It is undoubtedly Obama’s Congress now and what he says will go. This means the GOP will have ample opportunity to provide alternatives. There will be no excuses if Obama’s plans do not work out because it is all on the Democrats now. Kristol concludes that in the end, neither Specter nor Souter were going to help the conservative movement. There is much work to be done, but conservatives now have a better chance to present a reasonable, unified alternative.

That leads to what my opinion is of what will happen in the new search for a Supreme Court Justice. The chance of nominating a justice is a fabulous opportunity for Democrats. This gives Barack Obama the ability to nominate a younger liberal judge that would establish the presence of a long term liberal Justice. The average age of the three remaining “liberal” judges is 78 years old, while the four judges that are thought of as conservative only average out to be 61 years old. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is thought to be the swing vote of the Justices, is 72 years old. With this info, it is reasonable to assume that Obama will be able to nominate more than one justice during his term.

The process of naming a new Supreme Court Justice is a interesting one. After Obama makes a nominee, they have to be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, a 19 member committee. Of course, Arlen Specter was the ranking Republican on this committee, so it only makes sense that he will have an impact on who the new Justice is. If the SJC approves the nominee, the entire Senate votes on approval of the nominee. All that is needed is a majority vote to approve the nominee. While there is no doubt that will happen in the Senate with plenty of Democrats willing to carry out Obama’s agenda, there seems to be a bit of an issue about the SJC which was brought up Rush Limbaugh on Friday.

Because Arlen Specter has now switched to the Democratic Party, he is no longer part of the minority party, the GOP. For a Supreme Court Justice nominee to be approved by the SJC, he or she needs ten votes of approval from members of the SJC. The catch, however, is that one of those votes must be from the minority party. Had Specter remained a Republican, he would have been the easy vote for Democrats to get from the minority. Specter, however, switched parties so if the remaining Republicans wanted to, they could band together to prevent the approval of a liberal Supreme Court Justice. This all of a sudden doesn’t look like such an easy path for Democrats to get what they want.

Now, on the topic of an actual nominee for the Supreme Court. Many sources seem to indicate that the early betting money is on Judge Sonia Sotomayor, currently a federal appeals court judge on the 2nd circuit. Sotomayor is getting early attention not because she is qualified or because she has been highly regarded as a fair judge, but because she is of Latin descent and a female. Hispanics are begging the first African-American president to name the first Hispanic to be a Supreme Court Justice. Obama has long campaigned when talking about the Supreme Court that a new justice should have “empathy” and have real-life experiences. Hispanics believe that Sotomayor brings these qualities to the table and they also believe that they are owed a favor for their historic turn out in the 2008 election in support of President Obama.

Call me crazy, but shouldn’t a potential Supreme Court Justice be nominated on a basis of accomplishments and qualifications, instead of her heritage? It seems a little dangerous and irresponsible to be using the Supreme Court, the highest court in our nation, as a platform to give political paybacks for certain groups of people. We shouldn’t be looking at this as an opportunity to name the “first this” or the “first that”. Instead, the nominee should be the person who has been most reasonable as a judge and has the most qualifications to become a Supreme Court Justice. It shouldn’t matter what the person looks like or where the person’s parents come from. What if there was a male, white, Christian liberal judge who has all the qualifications and experience needed to be a Supreme Court Justice, more so than any other nominee? Will Obama pass over that person because he is a white male and we already have those? Doesn’t that sound like racism? So does picking a judge just because of how she looks.

If Sotomayor has more experience and qualifications to be a judge than anyone else Barack Obama can find, then she should be the nominee. Just because she is a female of Latin heritage, however, doesn’t mean she is a good nominee and people that say she should be because of her gender and heritage border on promoting racism. The political correctness that has run amok in this country will prevent anyone from truly calling out this disturbing trend of racism. Let’s hope that President Obama refuses to cave in to doing political favors for minority groups and instead picks the person who has earned the nomination.

New Articles for Friday, my opinion on the future of the GOP

May 1, 2009

Torture? No. Except…   The brilliant Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer writes about the use of enhanced interrogation methods. He first begins by saying that in a time of crisis, the CIA did what it needed to do to save lives. If we had reacted differently and another terrorist attack had happened, Bush administration officials would probably be prosecuted for having not done enough. They tried countless other methods to get information from 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed but he would only respond with “Soon you will know.” So they stepped up their intensity with waterboarding and got results. Officials from the Bush administration say this, officials from the Obama administration say this. It is now undeniable, waterboarding worked. Now, members of Congress are attempting to prosecute those who kept our nation safe during the past eight years, citing that these methods look so horrible on “a bright, sunny, safe day in April 2009”. The reason we have a bright, safe, sunny day in April 2009 is because these methods worked. Memos also show that members of Congress approved of these methods, even going as far as to ask the CIA if they needed any more help from Congress. Nancy Pelosi was one of these members of Congress that was briefed by Congress. Her attempts to deny any knowledge of waterboarding are cowardly and nearly criminal. Krauthammer covers all of this in his usual brilliant, simple style.

A Blow for Income Equality   National Review Editor Rich Lowry writes that President Obama might be enjoying this economic crisis a little more than he is letting on. Going to back to Obama’s most infamous slip up (of course it came while not using his teleprompter), Obama had stated its better when we “spread the wealth around”. It was genuine, but it only would have been approved in a communist or socialist nation, two things America has never been. During the economic crisis, many wealthy Americans have been hit the hardest. Problem solved for Obama. While there has certainly been less wealth and less inequality, there have been 1.2 million jobs lost since Obama has taken office, squashing the statistic he told America that 150,000 jobs have been created since the passing of his stimulus bill. Now, America closely resembles socialistic-Europe. Is this what President Obama wants? Good article by Lowry.

The GOP After Specter   The debate rages on about how Republicans should react to the departure of veteran senator Arlen Specter to the Democratic Party. While one side of the argument favors Specter leaving, saying now the Republican Party is more together and purer in their conservative ideals, the other side complains that there is no room for moderates in the Republican Party.

Here is the way I look at it. Moderate, to me, means that you don’t really know what your ideological beliefs are. You can be swayed from issue to issue and you will vote how you want to vote. In that case, it doesn’t matter what actual party you are counted as being a member of. Although Republican Senate members thought they had enough votes to stand up to the president’s mammoth spending bill, which goes against the true ideological beliefs of conservatives, they actually didn’t because there were some Republicans, like Specter, who had different views. Therefore, these people should just be called independents. Specter made the switch to the Democratic Party to save his political career. He knew he was going to get destroyed in the Republican primaries against a conservative candidate, Pat Toomey, who actually acted like a Republican is supposed to. Hmm, what a novel concept! I do believe that even though there will be less Republican senators, there will now be more unity amongst them. This presents an image of togetherness and actual political theories and concepts that can either be accepted by Americans or rejected by Americans. The theory that conservative values have been rejected by Americans in the last election is false. Republicans have only paid lip-service to being true conservatives and instead acted like weaker Democrats. This notion of having no idea which direction the party cost them in the elections. The Democrats were organized and true to their beliefs and had a plan, which although many Americans still lean center-right, appealed to Americans because they at least had a plan while Republicans had nothing. Now is the time for a stronger, more conservative Republican party to rise together with a united message for the American people.

Obama’s “swagga” takes over moderate CNN

April 30, 2009

And people wonder why conservatives believe the media overdoes its love for President Barack Obama. I could not believe this segment actually aired, especially on CNN, a channel I tended to think of as most in the middle. If Glenn Beck had done this exact same segment, the liberals would have screamed for head and riots would have taken place. Fast forward in the video to the :46 second mark. Words can’t even describe it. Kyra Phillips and T.J. Holmes on the report for CNN.

BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court Justice Souter Retiring

April 30, 2009

News broke late Thursday night that Supreme Court Justice David Souter intends to retire within the next year, giving President Barack Obama a chance to make his first impact on the nation’s highest court. Souter has often been associated with the liberal side of the court, so because Obama’s choice will likely be a judge that has a tendency to rule in favor of the liberal position anyways, it is unlikely that the next Supreme Court Justice will bring much change to the Court. In the past 14 years, only two new judges have been named as new Supreme Court Justices. Former President George W. Bush appointed Associate Justice Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John G. Roberts to the panel of judges. Roberts, who as Chief Justice is the highest judicial officer in the nation, was confirmed on September 29, 2005, and Alito was confirmed on January 31, 2006.

Obama will clearly look to pass a liberal judge and because he will have 60 Democratic senators, it should be a fairly easy task. The Senate also only needs a majority vote to approve. Politico has a story up on who Obama could choose and a list of other factors that will go into his decision. Being Harvard Law student, it would make sense that Obama would look for someone from that academic area. It would also make sense that Obama would attempt to nominate a minority, as Clarence Thomas is the only current minority serving as a Justice.  

Although nominees for the role as a Supreme Court Justice are made by the president, the judges still need to be confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee as well as the entire Senate. While many veteran Justices passed the Senate vote with ease, recent nominees have faced lots of opposition. Alito was formally opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Senator John Kerry attempted to have him blocked as well. After much debate, Alito was approved by the Senate with a vote of 58 to 42. Roberts also faced initial opposition but was passed with a vote of 78 to 22. The case of Roberts was unique because President Bush originally nominated Roberts to replace the retiring Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Conner. After Chief Justice William Rehnquist unexpectedly died, Bush withdrew the original nomination and renominated Roberts to become the Chief Justice.

The real interesting debate will be if a Justice that tends to vote conservative retires or passes away. Obama would then have the power to nominate another Justice that could potentially swing the Supreme Court towards the left. Antonin Scalia, widely considered to be a conservative Justice appointed by Ronald Reagan, will be 74 years old this year.

The Media’s Overreaction to Swine Flu

April 30, 2009

Over the past week or so, the popular item of the media has been swine flu and its coverage of this new epidemic has been relentless. I guess it is good that the media has been letting people know about it, but at the same time swine flu has been completely overblown. It seems that on every channel there’s another “health expert” estimating this could be the one that takes out millions of people. Of course, the hosts are quick to point out that they don’t want to freak people out or make them panic, but then they have these experts come on predicting catastrophic results. Vice President Joe Biden went around the morning broadcast talk shows saying that people should basically avoid confined places, like traveling on airplanes. That, of course, kills the airline industry even more, which is in dire straits as it is. American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith said Biden’s advice borders on “fearmongering”.

On a quick side note, I understand that a lot of people were turned off by Sarah Palin’s perceived lack of intelligence, but I am fairly certain she could not do worse than Joe Biden. Has he done anything have significance? He has basically been nothing but an issue for President Obama, with people constantly trying to cover up for statements made by the VP. Check out this list of Biden’s flubs over the past year and a half

Again, in regards to swine flu, there has been a ridiculous amount of hype for the disease that really has barely done any damage. It seems as though once every year or so, scientists and the media get fired up and freak out over a potential sickness or disease. Remember bird flu? Remember West Nile Virus? How about SARS? None of those diseases wound up causing any large damage to Americans. They were overhyped by the media and caused way more panic and anguish than it should have.

According to stats I found on CNN’s Jack Cafferty’s blog, they really downgrade the significance of swine flu. Although the World Health Organization has graded this outbreak at a level 5 pandemic alert, the second highest level, there have only been 257 confirmed cases of it worldwide. Not just Mexico or the U.S., but the entire world. And out of 300 million people in the United States, only one person has died of swine flu so far. Since January, there have been 13,000 deaths connected to seasonal flu in the United States. Why has there been no rampant media coverage of that? Swine flu is also being found in more countries because doctors are now actually looking for it. Scientists also believe that in the current form of the swine flu virus, it won’t be as harmful as the regular flu virus. The fact that it is called swine flu has done huge damage to the pork industry as well. Countries have blocked pork imports from Mexico and the U.S. because they believe the swine flu virus comes through pigs, which is actually false in this case of the virus.

While many people believe that the media, newspapers in particular, is changing or dying, this example of an overblown virus shows that the media still has plenty of power over the people of this country. President Obama did a great job of simply stating that people should wash their hands, cover their mouths while coughing and stay home from work or school if they are sick. If people calmly start doing that, swine flu will become irrelevant, just like every other potential disease epidemic in the past few years.

UPDATE: GOP leaves social issues behind on new council

April 29, 2009

 

Virginia Representative Eric Cantor is said to be the mastermind behind the new GOP initiative, National Council for a New America

Virginia Representative Eric Cantor is said to be the mastermind behind the new GOP initiative, National Council for a New America

UPDATE (4/30): Fresh off Ben Smith’s blog on Politico, the new GOP council created by Eric Cantor, called the National Council for a New America, has released the set of issues they will be speaking about in the town-hall meetings across the nation in the upcoming weeks. The list includes the economy, health care, education, energy and national security. Notably missing are the social issues that have been a problem for Republicans, like same-sex marriage, abortion and immigration. I would have to say this is a fabulous decision by Cantor, showing the signs of a young, promising decision by one of the new leaders of the Republican Party. While many people agree with the GOP on these social issues, just as many people disagree on the left and both sides are prone to getting heated and defiant on these issues. The point of this council is to listen to all people, which includes conservatives, liberals and, most importantly, independents. Social issues are not very high on the priority list of the majority of Americans. They want to hear the solutions that the GOP has to the economy, energy independence and health care. If the GOP can regain the trust of Americans on these issues, they will be able to talk about social issues at a later date. The council needs to be able to not only come up with alternatives to the liberal agenda taking place in Washington right now, but they need to present them in an articulate, simple fashion. At the same time, Republicans cannot come across as disagreeing with the president just to disagree. Obama is still three times as popular as any important GOP politician so Obama will get the benefit of the doubt from the people if the council members present anything less than stellar ideas. Cantor understands this and has made a wise decision to focus on the relevant issues. 

ORIGINAL STORY (4/29): After taking shots from President Obama, seeing a veteran Republican senator defect to the Democratic party and basically seeing their image and named destroyed, the GOP looks like they have finally stood up and began their attempt to recreate the Republican brand. With the full report coming from CNN’s John King, the GOP will announce Thursday their intentions to began an initiative called the National Council for a New America. This council will include a “National Panel of Experts”, which include some of the biggest names in the Republican Party.

 

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour will all be members of the panel, as well as Arizona Senator John McCain and former Florida Givernor Jeb Bush, brother of former President George W. Bush. The panel will hold town-hall meetings across the nation with the America people to listen to them and reconnect with voters, as well as pass on legitimate alternative solutions promoted by the GOP. The panel will report to the Republican congressional leaders, including House Minority Whip Eric Cantor. Cantor is said to be the mastermind of this project.

Will this be the start of the Republican Party’s movement to reshape its image? Will it be effective? How will Democrats respond? I am looking forward to the official announcement of this panel and how it will affect Washington.