But we Republicans didn't win that election. The independent voters won it for us. And they didn't vote so much for Republicans as against Democrats.
The Republican base has shrunk to just over 25% – or a little over one in four voters – while the Democrats have maintained about 35% for the last 18 years. Meanwhile, the number of independent voters has grown to one in three – 66 million voters. And abut 14 million of those are former Republicans who've become disenchanted with what they see as a party of left-handed Democrats.
What message do we have to bring those disenchanted republicans back to the Republican Party? What message do we have to convince those 66 million independent voters to vote for the Republican Presidential candidate in 2016?
First of all, we've got to have an appealing candidate. We've been told twice that a RINO John McCain or a one-per center Mitt Romney ain't gonna fly. We need a Ted Cruz or a Rick Perry – someone who has not been endorsed by the Washington Republican's Club. Someone the voters can see is not part of the problem.
Next we need a positive and serious agenda. The keystone pipe line is a good place to start. From there we can go on to push for more offshore drilling and opening of federal lands to oil exploration. Simultaneously, we've got to push back against the coal war. Those 66 million independent voters are not envirofreaks. They're energy users like the rest of us, and we've got to become known as the pro-energy party.
But whether it's energy, or applying sound economic principles of laissez faire, or strengthening our national defense, we've got to be aggressive and we've got to be consistent.
And whatever we decide to do, we've got less than two years to do it.