Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A Failure to Communicate

In a move that implicitly criticizes former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, new Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is working to build a new communications strategy for senate Republicans.

Better communication is never a bad thing, but one hopes that the Republicans don't imagine that this will solve the problems that defeated them in last year's elections. While they could certainly have communicated their priorities, such as they were, better, ultimately their defeat did not result from a failure to communicate. It resulted from a failure to govern.

In fact, if there is any message that the Republicans should have taken from November 2006, it is this: superior organization and funding by themselves are not sufficient to overcome unprincipled and ineffective governance.

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