Dowd holds out some hope for Republicans however, and sees it in a Teddy Roosevelt type of populism. The person he describes as giving the GOP its best shot in 2016 can easily have the name "Sarah Palin" interchanged in the paragraph and "she" for "he". Last year, I made exactly this comparison-Palin and T.R. and found the similarities striking. Dowd is right in his final summary and Palin supporters are right in the name they believe should be inserted in the paragraph.
"And if the GOP thinks this election was about bad polling, or Mitt Romney, or outdated tactics, then it will find it very difficult to win national elections again. The party needs to find leaders and candidates of a new generation and have a brand that is more in tune with the ocean of politics in the 21stcentury. And in my view, going to their roots as the Teddy Roosevelt party might be a good start. He was a Republican populist fighting against both oppressive government and corporations and big business — a Republican who believed in the vigor of the individual, the power of a community, and the value of shared sacrifice at all levels."
Here is a comparison of the lives of Teddy Roosevelt and Sarah Palin (the latter to date of course), I find the parallels instructive and in Sarah Palin the answer to Mr. Dowd's call for a new T.R. to lead the GOP to victory in 2016.
T.R. THE GREAT CONSERVATIONIST
ON A WOLF CULL.PALIN CRITICIZED FOR EXACTLY THE SAME CONCEPT.
AND A BEAR HUNT IN LOUISIANA !
T.R. ELECTED TO NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL IN HIS 20's
S.P. ELECTED TO WASILLA COUNCIL IN HER 20's
T.R RAN FOR MAYOR OF NEW YORK IN HIS 30's-LOST
S.P. MAYOR OF WASILLA IN HER 30's
S.P. RAN FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF ALASKA-LOST
T.R. APPOINTED TO MAJOR OFFICE AS CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSIONER
S.P. APPOINTED TO MAJOR OFFICE AS OIL & GAS COMMISSIONER
T.R. ELECTED GOVERNOR AT AGE 40
S.P. ELECTED GOVERNOR AGE 42
T.R. NOMINATED FOR VICE-PRESIDENT AGE 42
S.P. NOMINATED FOR VICE-PRESIDENT AGE 44
T.R. AUTHORED BOOKS INCLUDING 'AMERICAN IDEALS'
S.P. AUTHORED BOOKS INCLUDING 'AMERICA BY HEART'
T.R AND S.P. HUNTERS AND CONSERVATIONISTS.
OUTDOORS PEOPLE WITH ROOTS IN IDAHO,THE DAKOTA'S AND ALASKA.
FEARLESS DEFEATERS OF CORRUPTION.
STRENGTH OF CHARACTER, LEADERSHIP, HONESTY-PAST PRESIDENT
STRENGTH OF CHARACTER, LEADERSHIP. HONESTY-FUTURE PRESIDENT
SARAH AND T.R. TOOK ON THE CORRUPT ESTABLISHMENTS AND WON
"IF I DIE I DIE" IN THE ATTEMPT- SARAH PALIN. "IF HE FAILS HE FAILS WHILE DARING GREATLY"-TEDDY ROOSEVELT
A BULL MOOSE? NO WAY TEDDY-A CARIBOU
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