Gov. Sarah Palin speech to the Republican Governors Association was right on the money:
Let us resolve not to become the negative party, too eager to find fault or unwilling to help in this time of crisis and war," she told the gathering Thursday. "Losing an election does not have to mean losing our way, and for governors, the way forward leads through our own state capitals in reforms we will carry on or begin anew.
She's exactly right. After their defeats by Ronald Reagan, the Democrats spent a lot of time whining, complaining and trying to fix blame. It didn't help them out.
Learning from that bad example, the Republican party needs to focus on its core beliefs, articulate a message (based on those beliefs) that the voters can believe in, and not indulge in an orgy of self-immolation. Not things that they've been too good at lately. However, with a new generation of leadership (which I hope is based around Palin), I think that getting back on track may be less difficult than the naysayers think.
My generation may be finally stepping up to the adult table. About time.