We were wrong.
We were wrong about the turnout.
We were wrong about the makeup of the electorate.
We were wrong about the advertising mix and message that would work.
We were wrong about the effectiveness of President Obama’s turnout mechanism.
The simple fact is Republicans spent more and achieved less than Democrats in 2012.
For the conservative movement and the Republican Party to succeed in the future (and while they are not identical the two are inextricably bound together) we will have to learn the lessons of 2012.
An intellectually honest and courageous Republican Party has nothing to fear from the current situation.
If we learn and implement the right lessons we will have a tremendous 2014.
If we then continue to implement the right lessons we will win the presidency in 2016.
If in that period we have developed a generation of activists and leaders who understand the modern world and understand modern politics and government we will earn the American people’s support for a generation of growth-oriented, solution-oriented, innovative government that combines the American Constitution and traditional principles of self government with 21st-century solutions to meet 21st-century challenges.
Yep. Fact is the Dems are about two elections cycles ahead and we have to catch up fast. The information is out there, so learn from it. Get rid of the old pundits and consultants who failed miserably. They are no longer needed.