Red S.E. Cupp is the home of S.E. Cupp, co-author of "Why You're Wrong About the Right."

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Class Act

John McCain was far more generous in his concession speech than I wanted. And that's because he's not just an American hero, but a class act. The Clintons could take a page from McCain in losing gracefully, and conceding genuinely. I cannot agree that I admire Barack Obama, as McCain said. But I admire McCain for saying he does. And I believe him. Unfortunately for McCain, this is undoubtedly his last presidential race. Maybe in four or eight years though, he can play a meaningful role in someone else's -- Palin, Jindal, Romney, Cantor. The list of rising Republican stars is long...and that's the silver lining here. The next four years will be ours to rebuild. I take that responsibility as a conservative commentator and writer seriously. All conservatives and Republicans should do the same.

1 comment:

John Nesdoly said...

The next four years will be crucial to rebuilding the Republican party. My advise to them would be to look north and take a page out of Stephen Harper's book. Harper has positioned the Conservative Party of Canada nicely in the center-right. The next republican nominee needs to be a moderate republican. Unfortunately Stephen Harper is not an American, otherwise he would be perfect. Harper could consolidate the Conservative base (as he has done here) .... and appeal to independent and even centrist Democrat voters (as he has done here).

The republican party does need to modernize itself for the new reality. It needs to get back to basics and appeal to its grassroots. By grassroots I mean middle america. Middle America has long been the strength of the Republicans. Working and middle class voters need to have their voices heard via the Republicans. They also need to move away from the religious right and appeal more to mainstream America. In a normal year, a moderate republican should be unbeatable...as John McCain would have been this year had he not been saddled with Bush's unpopular legacy.