Star Parker
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In the Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, 64% of Independents said Republicans should compromise, and not stick to principle, in order to pass legislation.

And the poll shows little national consensus behind the Tea Party movement. Only 29% say they support the movement and 33% say they see it in a favorable light, compared to 37% that see it unfavorably.

The point is that these are not normal times. Fixing our country requires pulling weeds out by their roots, not trimming their leaves.

If the Republican Party is going to restore its credibility, it must provide a clear, principled and compelling conservative alternative to current liberal leadership.

Killing Democrats’ $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill is a good start. But stopping a pork laden spending bill with 6500 earmarks, at a time when the public clearly doesn’t want this sort of thing, is a victory, but not a great one.

Tough battles ahead must be about taking on health care and reforming our entitlements and our schools. And despite sentiment to keep social issues off the table, these issues are crucial for winning over minority voters.

Steele must show he’s up to these formidable challenges if he wants to retain the RNC chairman post.

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Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.