Bona fide conservative journalist: Today's Republican Party Is Too Shallow To Evolve.
Nobody at the winter meeting had any illusions that 80ís-style Republican success is even on the horizon for the party. But even though everyone realized the gravity of the situation, there were still questions, as the members left Charlotte, about how the GOP will try to solve its problems. Will it enter a period of fundamental self-examination? Or will it decide that its main difficulties are in communications and messaging, and focus on superficial changes in hopes of winning future elections?
The answer: Donít look for fundamental self-examination. Certainly the partyís leaders are talking about serious change. But the conclusion that emerged from the three-day meeting in North Carolina is that the party by itself cannot make fundamental changes when it comes to the stands Republicans take on some of the nationís most important and divisive issues. The central GOP can improve its technology, its communications strategy, its get-out-the-vote efforts, its engagement with minorities. But a new Republican vision for the future, if there is to be one, will be left for a future Republican candidate to shape.