Friday, December 21, 2012

Rumors Of GOP's Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Buoyed by what they see as recent GOP stumbles in Congress, a few of my dear liberal friends are ready to dance on the grave of the GOP.
Do you know how many times the Republican Party has been declared "dead?" The Grand Old Party (which held its first convention in Philadelphia in 1856) has been declared "kaput" countless times only to rise again stronger than ever. The party was out of power for 20 years from 1932 to 1952 at one point claiming only a handful of seats in Congress, Yet, it still came back to produce five presidents from 1952 to 2002.
In my lifetime, the party was declared dead after Watergate (when I was a Democrat) but it arose like a phoenix to produce the greatest president of the second half of the 20th century and one of the ten greatest of all time (the one man who made me a Republican).
Indeed, many of those who are writing the GOP's obituary now are the same ones who declared it dead in the 70s and 80s, calling Ronald Reagan a "wacko extremist" and (when they were being "kind") an "amiable dunce." They were wrong then and they're wrong now.
So here's my message to them: You can count the Republican Party out if you'd like -- if that will make you feel even more superior -- but be forewarned: You do so at your own peril.

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