The Republican Party’s leadership has become “stuck in the 1950s,” and is “plodding far behind the march of time,” former Ohio Gov. John Kasich wrote Monday.
Kasich, a Republican, wrote in an opinion piece for USA Today that his party’s leaders might “think denial is protection from the change that swirls around them,” and says there’s “no doubt” that they feel “threatened by the new diversity of voices that have joined the public chorus, by the long-ignored problems that a new generation wants to solve, by an unsettled world that no longer follows America’s lead.”
However, the GOP has “learned absolutely nothing from their skunking in the midterm elections. They didn’t watch, or chose to ignore, the new Congress being sworn in the other day. It was a more energetic, diverse, and self-assured group than those chambers have seen before.”
Kasich says that Republicans cannot feign ignorance, writing, “In this changing world, successful leaders must look each problem squarely in the eye, listen to their customers, and realize how dramatically those customers have changed . . . For Republicans, this means breaking their own self-made mold of being naysayers instead of doers. It means designing market-driven, center-right solutions that actually solve problems while revealing their compassion.”
He concludes, “It’s time for Republicans in our state capitals and Washington to get in step with the fast-moving parade. Otherwise, they’ll lose. Because there’s one thing we learn from parades: Anyone falling behind gets swept up by those guys who follow the horses.”
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