A number of people and institutions let down the Republican party in general and the Romney campaign in particular this past election cycle. The institutions that failed ought to be dramatically reformed and the people who failed ought to be deprived of any future in politics unless they sufficiently abase themselves for their failures and demonstrate that they have formulated concrete plans designed to improve their performance levels going forward. There should be no sacred cows amongst either campaign operatives or campaign institutions; if they failed to do their jobs, they need to either be improved or eliminated. To wit:
- Karl Rove failed. Unless he admits failure, takes responsibility and shows how he will do better in the future, he ought to have no future in politics.
- The people who came up with Project ORCA failed. More here. I am pretty much prepared to advocate shutting those people out of politics no matter how sincere their apologies and no matter how much and how concretely they promise to reform themselves; so seriously did their failure set back the Romney campaign’s chances of winning the election.
- Republican pollsters failed. Maybe they and others should spend less time attacking Nate Silver and more time learning from him.
This list is not exclusive. The 2012 election cycle featured a widespread breakdown on the part of the Republican party and on the part of those working for the Romney campaign. Those of us who identify as Republicans and who supported the Romney campaign expect better and if it is necessary to cut out the deadwood in order to do better the next time around, I am all for that. Elections won’t be won if Democratic personnel keep outclassing Republican personnel and for the past two election cycles, Democratic personnel have outclassed Republican personnel in dramatic fashion. It is time to get a better starting team to take the field on behalf of the Republican party in future election cycles and it is time to tell past starters that their time may well have come and gone.