Republicans, It's Time for a 'Second GOP'
David Brooks thinks the current party mindset is too far gone to fix
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2013 12:29 PM CST
GOP campaign buttons.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(Newser) – Republicans these days are talking a good game about the need to reform—witness Bobby Jindal's plea to stop being the "stupid party." But David Brooks in the New York Times says so far it's been more about sloganeering than actual reform. In fact, he thinks it's "probably futile to try to change current Republicans" and their all-government-is-evil mantra. Better, he writes, is "to build a new wing of the Republican Party."

These new Republicans might have "recoiled" at President Obama's inauguration speech "because of its excessive faith in centralized power." But they would recognize that government must play some role in helping Americans and in narrowing the gulf between the haves and have-nots. "Would a coastal and Midwestern GOP sit easily with the Southern and Western one?" he asks. "No, but majority parties are usually coalitions of the incompatible." This is Republicans' only chance. "The question is: Who’s going to build a second GOP?" Click for Brooks' full column.

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Jan 30, 2013 10:23 AM CST
Maybe the Tea Party fascists can call themselves "The New & Improved Know-Nothing Party".
Jan 30, 2013 5:52 AM CST
Brooks joins the massive chorus of Republicans chanting, "If only everyone was like me, we'd have a better GOP!" They all think that their brand of conservatism will save us all. No reflection. No compromise. Blame everyone else. Great teamwork, gentlemen. The only thing they agree on is that Obama is a socialist and that rape is bad (when someone talks about it at the wrong time). Good luck.
Jan 29, 2013 11:52 PM CST
How about no GOP???