Monday, November 17, 2008

Digesting Mistakes

"Newt Gingrich said Republicans should be honest 'about the level of failure for the past eight years' to avoid repeating mistakes."

Adam Nagourney, "Sparring Starts As Republicans Ponder Future," New York Times, November 11, 2008.

Yet it is just that level of reflection that is unlikely. David Brooks, in "Darkness at Dusk," New York Times, November 11, 2008, concludes that "...the Republican Party will probably veer right in the years ahead and suffer more defeats...Their supposed heroism consists of living inside the large conservative cocoon and telling each other things they already agree with."

For me, this was sadly shown in the recent election, in which attack dog campaigning substituted for coming to grips with the big mistakes. Not that reflection could have trumped timing.

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