Gingrich: GOP Needs to 'Stop Talking,' Start Thinking
Newt Gingrich on the future of the Republican Party
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2012 11:10 AM CST
In this Sept. 30, 2012, photo provided by CBS News former House Speaker Newt Gingrich talks on CBS's "Face The Nation" in Washington Sunday.   (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)

(Newser) – In a less-than-subtle column for Politico, Newt Gingrich blasts the GOP for being downright "wrong" about pretty much everything from voter turnout to the best advertising messages to "the makeup of the electorate." Bottom line: "Republicans spent more and achieved less than Democrats in 2012," Gingrich writes, resulting in a failure not just for the Romney-Ryan ticket but for the entire party. He lists a number of other races the GOP should have won, but didn't: In short, "This was a party-wide defeat and should be thought of as a profound wake-up call."

All the analysts who are responding by coming up with explanations and solutions need to stop and take a breath, Gingrich says. It's only been a week, and no one can really know yet what happened or how the GOP should respond. The Republicans need to spend some time thinking—"this will be the work of six months, not six days," he says—and then work to develop "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." Click for Gingrich's full piece.

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piankeshaw
Nov 13, 2012 7:47 AM CST
The GOP has become a hodgepodge of nutbags and wingnuts with no real cohesive philosophy. It is hard to take the party seriously when they decry Big Government and,yet, want to legislate contraception, conception, sexuality, morality,medical practices,voter IDs,on and on.
sfreeman
Nov 12, 2012 11:10 PM CST
As long as someone like Neuter is considered to be a great "thinker" by the GOP it's not likely that the Party will win another national election. Let him and his wife, Clamydia (or whatever her name is), fly up to the moon and establish their own colony cum "think- tank" there.
793tango
Nov 12, 2012 8:19 PM CST
Thinking isn't the GOP's strong suit. They seem to believe that if they simply talk long enough and loud enough opposing voices will disappear and they'll magically be elected.