David Kirkpatrick

December 6, 2008

Nate Silver on the Dole Institute’s post-mortem

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:28 pm

The Dole Institute of Politics held it’s second post election conference this Thursday and Friday to take stock of the recent election.

FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver ran a post with six key takeaways from the get-together.

Here’s a sample of where the GOP-centric crowd sees the current Republican Party right now:

From the second link:

3. The Republican bench is relatively inadequate at the present time in terms of candidates for national office.
3a. On the other hand, the 2012 Presidential cycle is already being looked at as something of a lost cause. Some of the stronger candidates — both known and unknown — might want to wait until 2016 to run.
3b. In the long-term, the future of the party probably lies in governor’s offices. If the Republicans are smart, this may be their major focus in 2010-12, as opposed to the Congress and even perhaps the Presidency.

4. Sarah Palin is, for the time being, the public face of the Republican Party.
4a. This is not necessarily a good thing for the Republican Party.