LAMBRO: GOP’s ‘wake-up call’

Appealing to a broader base is key to 2016

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“We have to blow the whistle at corporate malfeasance and attack corporate welfare. We should speak out when CEOs receive tens of millions of dollars in retirement packages but middle-class workers have not had a meaningful raise in years,” the report says.

The Obama economy is beset by countless ailments — excessive corporate tax rates, declining venture capital for start-up businesses, overregulation and anti-export trade expansion policies. But CEO salaries are not among them.

As for corporate welfare, the tax code is drenched in it and that’s one of the chief targets of the House GOP’s tax-reform efforts. How about blowing the whistle on how the Obama White House has dragged its feet on that one?

There are a lot of common-sense political initiatives in the GOP’s road map to 2016, but speeding up the party’s nominating process is already stirring up fears of political conspiracies and backroom takeover plots.

Many in the party’s base, especially among its Tea Party activists and the growing libertarian bloc, led by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, fear any acceleration in the party primary process will favor the party’s establishment choice over an insurgent candidacy.

Deep anti-establishment divisions were self-evident at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference here when Mr. Paul declared, “The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered. I don’t think we need to name any names here, do we?”

Yet, in the end, the GOP candidate who emerges as the front-runner in the 2016 presidential race must reach out to a far broader electorate than Mr. Romney did in 2012 if the party hopes to win back the White House.

The Democrats proved last year that fear-mongering on Medicare and Social Security, political demagoguery and class warfare still work in a deeply polarized political era.

Someone always comes along who finds a way to break through the political smoke screen and summon the nation to a higher standard and a more prosperous future. In 2012, a narrow majority of Americans were willing to settle for a weakening economy and high unemployment, or what Democrats call “the new normal.”

Voters likely will be fed up with the Democrats, though, if the next four years are not much better than the past four and become known as “the lost decade.” If that proves to be the case, they will be ready for a presidential candidate who offers the country a new beginning.

Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and contributor to The Washington Times.

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Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is the chief political correspondent for The Washington Times, the author of five books and a nationally syndicated columnist. His twice-weekly United Feature Syndicate column appears in newspapers across the country, including The Washington Times. He received the Warren Brookes Award For Excellence In Journalism in 1995 and in that same year was the host and co-writer of ...

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