, “Into the wilderness”

November 11, 2008

Republicans try to rediscover themselves, and puzzle over Sarah Palin’s fate

“Rediscovering small government may offer one possibility. Americans fight taxation more than most voters in industrialised countries. And in much of the country, especially the West, light regulation on business, lax environmental rules, gun rights and the like sell well. Resetting the party in this mould would push the religious conservatives into a junior position and it is unclear if they would accept that role. Others think that a stridently small-government party would fail in the current era of economic angst, and that the Republicans should reinvent themselves as the party of Wal-Mart shoppers as much as of Wall Street brokers