Former Gov. Jeb Bush, Rep. Eric Cantor and former Gov. Mitt Romney (left to right in center) lead a “Conversation for a New America” on Saturday in Arlington as part of a listening tour meant to revitalize the Republican Party
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Saturday that it’s time for the Republican Party to give up its “nostalgia” for the heyday of the Reagan era and look forward, even if it means stealing the winning strategy deployed by Democrats in the 2008 election.
“You can’t beat something with nothing, and the other side has something. I don’t like it, but they have it, and we have to be respectful and mindful of that,” Mr. Bush said.
The former president’s brother, often mentioned as a potential candidate in 2012, said President Obama’s message of hope and change during the 2008 campaign clearly resonated with Americans.
This is what his father did during his disasterous Presidential term which ended with eight years of Bill Clinton and what his brother did in taking the GOP into minority status in his Presidency.
Reagan offered “hope and change” from the stagflation and weak foreign policy disasters of the decade’s long rule of the Democrats in Congress and Jimmy Carter’s failed Presidency.
Jeb should be saying: “Build on the Reagan Legacy with a new generation of conservative leadership.”
Sadly, he didn’t.
The national GOP needs to go beyond the Bush legacy and Reagan conservatives must retake the party policy machinery.
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