Sunday, May 3, 2009


As reported on

WASHINGTON - With its party struggling to define itself, a group of prominent Republicans launched a listening tour Saturday in a bid to boost the GOP's sagging image and regroup for future elections.

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., held a town-hall style meeting at a pizza restaurant in the Democratic suburb of Arlington, Va., to hear about people's concerns on issues from the economy and health care to the rising costs of college tuition.

"You can't beat something with nothing, and the other side has something," Bush told a group of about 100 people at the Pie-Tanza pizza parlor. "I don't like it, but they have it and we have to be respectful and mindful of that.

"I hope across the country people will be excited about the prospect of sharing their ideas to bring about a better America," he said.

It was the first meeting of the GOP group National Council for a New America, which was created to rebrand the party's image. The meeting comes after a bad week in which Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter announced he was switching to the Democratic party and Democrat Scott Murphy won a close U.S. House race in a GOP district in upstate New York.

An Associated Press-GfK poll released in April shows that Democrats outnumber Republicans by 46 percent to 28 percent, including those leaning toward either party.

The Republican party needs to listen to the younger generation as the current group of cronies are out of touch with our country's real issues. We need to fix the environment, health care and the economy. Leave the religion out of the political arena and stop being so darn extreme right on EVERYTHING.

ALSO - having this conference with Jeb Bush is a real bad idea. If I were to recommend one thing for the Republican party - distance yourself from the Bush family and all of their "friends" who have brought shame to our country under the past Bush administration. This seems logical, just tell Jeb your brother ruined it for you - you need to go in hiding with the rest of your unpopular family.

AND - Megan McCain seems to have more intelligent things to say as a representative of the Republican media than Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter or Rush Limbaugh combined. She recently has been working with the log cabin Republicans in giving support for same sex marriage - which is REAL progressive stance for this currently ultra conservative party. She is significantly younger and inexperienced but she seems to get what is really important and what is passe. A new outlook in conservative journalism is needed for the party too!

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