Some further thoughts about the election (I noted a few bright points in last night’s results earlier):
There’s going to be a fight—multiple fights really—in the Republican Party over its future direction. That, indeed, would’ve been the case even if Romney had won. But his loss—and a 300+ electoral vote win for Obama—ensures the intraparty conflict is going to be intense. There will be many factions involved, and shifting coalitions.
For my part, I would like to see a GOP that:
Takes environmental issues seriously, rather than mocking them and ceding them to the left. Ditto, issues of science policy.
Has room for multiple perspectives on social issues, rather than being monopolized on them by the religious right.
Offers generally market-oriented economic proposals without reflexively advocating tax cuts and tight monetary policy as if it were eternally 1981.
Seeks to limit the growth of government without unrealistically or reflexively proposing wholesale slashing of agencies and functions.
Recognizes that a key reason why entitlement reform is needed is to enable the federal budget to include adequate discretionary spending.
Includes civil liberties among its key concerns in limiting government.
In foreign policy seems neither to be spoiling for a fight nor eager to retreat from the world.
Shows with its tone as well as its policy substance that it wants new members, rather than just to fire up the old members.
There’s much more to be said about all of that, of course, but it’s a start.