If the Obama wave continues to grwo (big if) I wonder whether the survival strategy for moderates like Reichert may be to declare themselves “New Republicans” in the same fashion as the DLC Dems of the 90s?
Imagine this scenario:
McCain Whitman vs. Obama Clark
Snegger gives the keynote at the Reprican party and announces the creation of the New Republican Party .. themes, fiscal responsibility, traditional family, America as a n immigrant society, national defence, judeo-christian charity.
“I am an American. Our country was built by those who chose to commit themselves to this new way of life, a way of life rooted in the concept of opportunity.
That conflict with the old world, the fight led by General Washington, has always brought us together, native born and the immigrants who chose this way of life.
I am an American who can not be President , but I can support the candidates who stand for that tradition of choice .. John McCain and his running mate, the next vice President of the Umited States, a woman who has shown the courage to stand against our own party when it was wrong, Christie Todd Whitman.
I am an American. who knows that our New Republican Movement has deep routes in the very first moments of this country when another immigrant stood beside General Washington to bring order to this new nation. General Alexander Hamilton! Like Mr. McCain, Hamilton was a war hero. Like Governor Whitman, Alexander Hamilton served in the cabinet in difficult times. This war hero founded our system of currency and antional banks, setting the country on the course of over 200 years of opportunity for all.
Yet, this great man, could never have been president for the same reason that many new Americans, Americans by choice, can never serve in that office. Secretary Hamilton, Washington’s closest aide, was a Caribbean, born where many of todays’ new Americans were born. Like my predecessor Alexander Hamilton and many other great immigrants Einstein, Fermi, Chavez, Gompers, ,,,, I am an American, an American by choice.
I am an American by choice. Those of us who choose to be Americans, make a commitment that is almost religious. Abe Lincoln, though born an American, made the same decision by joining the then new Republican party. Hamilton, and Lincoln gave their lives for the cause they joined. They would understand all to well the commitment of our candidate, John McCain as he sat in a damp prison cell committed to his dreams for our country. Christie Whitman, faced with the refusal of her own party to understand the science of global warming, made her own choice as well.
The courage of McCain and Whitman does not diminish the heroism and good intent of President Bush or of the young American heroes fighting to defend us all in the Middle East. Rather, the special courage of our new leaders, illuminates us all and strengthens the core commitments of the GOP to a USA devoted to opportunity for all tis citizens. John’s life and amazing courage teach us all the need for straight talk and recognition of hard edged realities that must be our policy.
Our opponents are good men, but they offer fantasies rather than realities. The Iraq war was necessary, all true Americans know that. It is still necessary that we win. How do we do that? Our opponents offer only the promise of change and the vague hope that our enemies will treat out defeat gently. President McCain has seen the agony of defeat and will bring us and our allies together to prevent that fate from overshadowing America or other good people inthe future.
We, the New Republicans, say to the cowards of el Qaeda, “Warch out, America is Back!”
Our opponents talk a lot about equality, yet their candidate, Mr. Obama, is not the descendent of slaves. Where are the succesful African Americans whose ancestors were slaves? Is there a Democratic equivalent of Colin Powell, Condi Rice, Justice Thomas, or JC Watts?
We, the New Republicans, ask all working Americans to join us in creating a society of unparalleled opportunity.
“America, however, is the land of immigrants.” Look at the Democrats confusing stands on immigration. Rather than addressing the urgent need to control the border, our opponents wring their hands over how to award “Amnesty.” Look at us, I am an immigrant, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is an immigrant, Why are WE Republicans? The answer is opportunity. The New Republicans stand not for amnesty but for closing the border now, creating a national identity card. This card will deny shady employers access to immigrants who have broken laws to get here. Shame is not a strong enough word for these employers. Under John McCain’s leadership these modern day slave masters will be shut down.
The tent of the New Republican Party is a broad one. Let me introduce my coChaor of the NRP Council, Mike Huckabee. ……….
He is joined in this effort by Dick Armey, Oly Snow, Newt Gingrich, Colin Powell, Condi Rice, Warren Buffet, Steve Balmer, ????. Lieberman, of course, declares himself a Hamiltonian. Others soon declare allegiance: JC Watts, Al Sharpton, Eddie Murphy, ………