HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — Beth Cox, 44, arrived early to begin to dismantle the Republican Party campaign office here, after having planned a victory party. “I will be okay,” she told her friends as they called to console her in the aftermath of the 2012 election.
Cox, like everyday American conservatives everywhere, has begun the process of recovering after what turned out to be a surprising election. And others are joining her. Political defeat often offers the chance to re-think, re-invent and rebuild.
William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, writes in his latest article, “Losing Can Be Liberating,” that conservatives have an important role to play in reigning in liberals in the next four years, certainly but, more importantly, conservatives can re-invent the Republican Party. “That won’ happen because of a few poo-bahs in Washington,” says Kristol. “It will happen spontaneously and organically.”
Back in Tennessee, Republicans, after all, won 95 percent of the local races around Hendersonville and secured a super-majority in the state legislature. What do you think? Can conservatives build a new Republican Party? How?