David Cameron avoided tough talk on Great Britain's looming fiscal crisis and the voters there, bone tired as they are of Gordon Brown and Labor, did not reward Cameron with a majority. Candor about the exceedingly difficult choices ahead would have given him a mandate and perhaps a majority. Now he looks doomed to muddle through with Labor carving up his every move. The lesson: The Opposition must articulate not just what their opponents have done wrong but what they will do to right those wrongs, and they must do so with the specificity that this age of information saturation demands. The vague is quickly marked down as not credible. Specifity is candor's companion in any successful appeal for trust.
The GOP must learn from the UK vote. It's leaders and all of its candidates must spell out the danger ahead, must point to Greece and tell voters that is where we are headed – fast – if we don't change.
And they must reject the tax hikes that Democrats will push as "necessary." They need to grab Paul Ryan's "roadmap" and spread it on every table in every congressional district
The Democrats have a map, too, and it ends up in Athens.
The GOP has to reject the soft politics of David Cameron's Tories and embrace candor, specificity and seriousness. The voters are ready but not for babble, but rather for a plan that will put the government back in a fiscally sane box.
The GOP needs to give it to them.