On why the GOP has lost in recent years:
We need to be talking about what the world looks like today and what it will look like going forward, rather than speaking in nostalgic terms about the past. Put the principles of our philosophy in the context of 2009 and beyond. That would be helpful.
I'm not saying abandon our principles. To the contrary: Find creative ways of expressing the principles.
This should be a renaissance time. Whether it's education or health care or energy or the environment, or whether it's the scale and scope and size of the governments all around us. This should be our time. But it isn't, is it?
On, well, just read the passage:
[Bush laughs when he hears that Joe the Plumber briefed House Republicans on Gaza. He doesn't seem to really believe it. Brother and son of recent Republican presidents, he doesn't seem to fully understand what's going on in the party his family has dominated for more than two decades. "Joe the Plumber? Really?" he says. "Well, that... Really?" In response, he mounts a defense of erudition and expertise.]
I think it's okay to have a deeper understanding of things. I think it's okay to talk in three-syllable words. The world we're living in is incredibly complex. And simplifying things to the point where you're misunderstanding where we are as a nation isn't going to help people overcome their fears or give them hope that they can achieve great things. I don't get inspired by shameless populism.
Better yet, read the whole thing.