Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) at a senate hearing
Republican leaders and voters want change, but both are split over the party’s direction. This, according to a recent poll from the Pew Research Center, and evident in all kinds of political mudslinging between GOP insurgents and establishment Republicans is just evidence that the party much change directions. After losing two presidential elections, most republicans feel the party needs to address major problems.
The Pew Research study found that six out of ten republicans believe that messages alone are not enough, but that the GOP has to change some of its core positions. But there is little agreement on the direction of the party’s future policy or strategy. The GOP is divided in their fight over the implementation of Obama’s healthcare law, immigration policies and national security. But one of the biggest problems is lack of leadership. When asked to identity a leader of the party, the Pew poll found that the number one response was “nobody.”
Who should be the leader of the GOP? What changes should the party make to grow? Should the party move in a more conservative or moderate direction on policy?
Doyle McManus, Washington Columnist, covering national and international politics, Los Angeles Times.
Reed Galen, Republican Political Consultant