As usual, Sean Trende provides invaluable sober insights into the post-election self-flaggelation by Republicans as well as the “adapt or die” dishonest counsel from Democrats and weak-kneed Republicans. There are problem with the party, no doubt,but they also have a great many successes. As a party we need to build on these successes and coalesce around a unifying message that brings Americans together rather than pitting one group against another.
Trende lays out the current post-2012 landscape and Republicans are in far better shape than the media dirge would have you believe:
- Republicans are still almost at a postwar high in the House of Representatives, with only 1946 and 2010 resulting in a larger share of the chamber going Republican.
- The Senate picture does show some signs of decline for Republicans, although it is still nowhere near the depths it plumbed from the late 1950s through the early 1970s.
- Republicans have steadily increased the number of governorships they have held since their debacle in the mid-1970s. In fact, since 1876 there have only been six years where Republicans held a larger percentage of our nation’s governorships
- If you look at the number of individual statehouse seats held by the party, once again, Republicans are near postwar high
- These last two data points are especially important for the Republicans, since governorships and statehouse seats represent the “farm teams” for statewide and national office.
Keep fighting the good fight because there are plenty of reasons to be hopeful in 2014 and 2016.