OCALA, Fla., November 16, 2014 — The Republican Party scored big in the midterms. It outperformed virtually all expectations and now enjoys its largest U.S. House majority since Herbert Hoover was in office.
This isn’t to mention how the GOP racked up victories at the state level. From reclaiming the New York Senate to clenching victory in the Maryland gubernatorial race, nary a stone went unturned. When all was said and done, Democrats retained full control of just eleven legislatures.
While we should question what this means for the future of our country, it is also wise to wonder about how the GOP will handle such newfound power. With all but the presidency in its grip at the federal level, Republicans have the exceedingly rare opportunity to redefine themselves for millions upon millions.
Which path will the GOP wind up following? Two men with ample experience in American politics share their perspectives.
Fred Karger is career political operative who rose to prominence by consulting the campaigns of such notables as Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bob Dole. His most famous cause, though, is not for a single politician but for marriage equality.
Karger brought much attention to the matter when he ran for the GOP’s presidential nomination during the 2012 primaries. In doing so, he became America’s first openly gay candidate for the presidency.
John Derbyshire made a living in America’s conservative commentariat for decades, but became a virtual household name after he was, many say wrongly, fired from his longtime post at the National Review that prompted extensive criticism, and for many highlighted the increasingly waffling nature of center-right institutions. It also didn’t keep Derbyshire down; he remains busy as ever with a strong reader base.
Hear what each has to say on the next episode of Cotto & Company; a thirty-minute-or-so online radio program featuring independent voices who shape our society. Regardless of partisan registration, political philosophy, or personal worldview, the goal is sharing diverse, and often innovative, ideas that we all can learn from.
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