David Limbaugh

You also must not have seen Obama's top political aide, David Plouffe, on CNN's "State of the Union," say that the only way to move forward is to split the Republican Party into factions in time to impact the 2014 midterm elections.

Meanwhile, the reputedly hyper-partisan GOP House members met in Williamsburg, Va., to discuss political policy and strategy. But did they live up to their reputation as truculent meanies? Did they scheme to reciprocate Obama's partisan hostility and his obvious strategy to pick fights on the budget, guns, immigration and Cabinet nominees?

Apparently not. The Daily Caller reports the Republicans "agreed to back away from a looming debt-ceiling clash with Obama. Instead, they ... decided to emphasize a cautious strategy that scaled back their goals to ensure they keep their House majority in 2014." Just swell.

Personally, I don't understand how it makes sense to conclude that Republicans lost the presidential election because they were too partisan and too extreme, when Obama won while being conspicuously partisan and quite extreme. Conservatives, contrary to Powell's assertion, didn't even present an unambiguously conservative message and bent over backward to play nice, whereas Obama's message was unapologetically leftist, and his (and Biden's) personal approach was anything but nice. (Remember the debates?)

Likewise, I don't understand the argument that the Republicans' path to future victory is to move to the center, whereas Obama's is to be as far left as his leftist heart desires. Besides, conservative ideas are anything but extreme, especially when viewed through the prism of America's founding principles.

While I flat out reject the spurious charge that the Republican Party or its policies are racist, I'm all for Republicans reaching out to minorities, as long as it doesn't involve phony pandering or abandoning their free market principles and their commitment to fiscal solvency, equal opportunity and equal protection under the law. Such outreach is easier said than done, however, given a president and an unfriendly media who are continually misrepresenting the GOP as racist. At the very least, the party must become more adept at combating Democratic racial and class warfare.

Despite all the "well-meaning" advice from disaffected former GOP leaders and an unloving media, Republicans should honor their conservative party platform as if they believe in it rather than become timid mini-statists as their well-wishers are urging.

David Limbaugh

David Limbaugh, brother of radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, is an expert on law and politics. He recently authored the New York Times best-selling book: "Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel."

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