Excerpts from the Republican blog:
The key now will be for Republicans not to form a circular firing squad, but to grasp important lessons as to why we lost.
I wrote on these pages two years ago that Mitt Romney would lose if nominated for president based on the experience of Meg Whitman in California. She was a rich, successful, businesswoman with few core political convictions, but who was able to pour money into the race. Her claim was that she understood business and created jobs in the private sector, so could surely do the same as governor.
Voters knew better that business and government are inherently different. Furthermore, bedrock conservatives were unimpressed with a candidate who seemed to have no real fight in her to cut taxes and spending and take on the unions. So it was Tuesday night with Romney, who took conservatives for granted—as did the Washington GOP establishment.
In the end, the Republican establishment thought they had this election in the bag. They decided to play it safe with a moderate. They stuffed a candidate down the party’s throat who opportunistically had been on both sides of most issues and told people what he thought they wanted to hear, rather than what he believed.
Recovery begins with saying goodbye to this Beltway GOP establishment. No more Romneys. No more Bushes. No more McCains.
There is a new generation of Reagans and Gingriches out there somewhere. There are probably even more than a few of them who are Latino. The task of conservatives and Republicans is to find them, cultivate them, and get behind them.