That they will completely ignore:
Right now, nobody is listening to them and nobody cares what the GOP thinks. As painful as that must be for Republicans, it does provide them with an opportunity to do some thinking, so that when their time-out period is up and they rejoin the class, they will be able to come in with a new approach, some new thoughts and something of a fresh start.
While this line of thinking might sound a bit like trying to turn lemons into lemonade, that’s what life can be about; turning adversity into opportunity.
As long as Republicans were in power, while they weren’t in the mood to make changes, they also weren’t in a position to do the rebranding and retooling that parties are sometimes required to do. That can only be done when that party is out of view.
It’s easier to say that Republicans need to change than it is to say what they should change. But maybe Republicans should take a page from the Democratic playbook.
It would be unprincipled, intellectually bankrupt and pointless for the Republican Party to move from the right to the left on issues or overall positioning. But, on some issues, maybe they would be best off being silent.
I’ve pointed this out repeatedly, but the best play for Republicans is to just be quiet, let the public get tired of the Democrats, and let everyone forget why we hate and how much we hate Republicans. But they just can’t do it, and, as such, we have Dick Cheney with his 19% approval rating and the equally popular Rush Limbaugh out running their mouths 24/7.
Instead of simply sitting back and giving the Democrats enough rope, they have decided that they need to turn the volume up to eleven. The only upside to the sad state of Republican affairs is that “fascist” has replaced “defeatocrat” as the wingnut slur du jour. Variety counts, you know.