Not the time for GOP to rest

Monday, December 3, 2012
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While many Republican leaders are still licking their wounds from major defeats in the recent general election, Democrats are already gearing up for 2014. A former GOP presidential candidate recalls that the Democrats didn't give up after losses in 2000, 2004 or 2010, and he says the GOP shouldn't either.

Democrats picked up two Senate seats in November and soundly defeated the GOP in the presidential race. With 20 Democratic seats up for re-election in 2014, Democrats are busy strategizing to not only maintain the party's Senate majority, but also to make gains in the House.

Bauer, GaryWhile Gary Bauer, president of American Values, shares in the frustration with the outcome of this year's elections, he says now is not the time to take a break.

"Good men and women around the country -- conservatives, men and women of faith -- who are saying to me Gary, I'm so disappointed. I need to take six months off now from worrying about this stuff and fighting on this stuff and recharge my batteries and then see what I want to do next."

And while Democrats initially were critical of well-funded super PACs, Bauer claims they plan to keep many political action committees functional throughout the next four years.

"They see this as a war, and they intend to win," he asserts. "Our opponents are building a political juggernaut in their ongoing crusade to remake America into a country that ultimately we will not recognize."

In the next Congress, all the House GOP committee chairs will be white males. For a party seeking to widen its reach, former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) says that set-up is "by definition, not helpful."

"I am optimistic about our chances in two years, but the left isn't waiting a year or more to start planning; it is planning now, and so are we," Bauer concludes.

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