Opportunity Knocks

Adam Nagourney writes:

At a moment of what appears to be great if unexpected opportunity, the Republican Party continues to struggle with disputes over ideology and tactics, as well as what party leaders say is an absence of strong figures to lead it back to power, from the party chairman to prospective presidential candidates.

I guess I don’t really understand what it is that the GOP has a great opportunity to do. The view they’re articulating at the moment is that (a) the deficit should be lower, (b) taxes should be lower, (c) Medicare shouldn’t be cut, (d) defense spending should be higher. With unemployment at 10 percent, this is a somewhat potent political message that helped them become only slightly less popular than the other party. That’s a huge improvement from where they were 18 months ago. But it’s not a governing agenda. What would they do if they took over?