CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The GOP took a beating. Obama is the first Democratic president since Franklin Roosevelt to twice win both the Electoral College and popular-vote majorities. Democrats gained seats in the U.S. Senate and closed ground in the House. On the Republican side, neither Mitt Romney nor Paul Ryan carried his home state.
I hope the GOP will regain its footing. Toward that end, my research department has developed suggestions for the Republican Party:
Accept the findings of science. Evolution, global climate change, usefulness of stem cell research and the HPV vaccination -- these are facts. Nonscience is nonsense.
Respect women. GOP candidates told us that women must be required to have medically unnecessary vaginal probes, that rape victims can't get pregnant and that when rape results in pregnancy, God's will has been done. Women were listening.
Tell the truth. Romney said Obama removed the work requirement from welfare, that Jeep was sending "all production" to China, and that his budget had no $5 trillion cut. Worse, Romney persisted in these dishonest statements, well after they had been revealed to be wrong.
Accept that government is necessary and does a number of things more effectively than could the private sector. The country is too large to be governed solely by independent states. Related to that, the GOP should dump Grover Norquist. His "no tax increase" pledge is unworkable. Anyone who signs it is unfit to govern.
Accept the fact that trickle-down economic policy has failed. We do not help the middle class and the poor by giving more money to the rich.