After an embarrassing defeat of an incumbent president — who probably would have won re-election if he kept his mouth shut and did his job — where does the Republican party go from here?
If I was advising the Republican party, I would not make wholesale changes to the Republican platform after all — swing a couple of states and Trump would have won re-election.
What I would advise right now is to dump all available resources into Georgia since the election of two senators will decide who will control the Senate.
The other thing I would to advise is someone to ask Trump to keep a low profile for the next several weeks.
The Trump team had a winning strategy of a solid South plus key midwestern states.
There is no reason why that strategy won’t be a winning plan for the future.
“I think we just delivered the South to the Republicans for a long time to come.” Those are the words President Lyndon Johnson uttered after signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The South did go Republican in 1964, ending what was known as the “solid South.” Prior to 1964, invariably the South voted Democratic in presidential elections.
The twin towers of low taxes and limited regulation seem to be popular right now.
The Republicans just have to express those polices at the local level without upsetting the various interests.
Whenever a party loses the White House, there is always discussion about how the party needs to change.
But most often, as in 2020, no wide spread change is in order.
Retired Auburn Attorney Don Eddins is publisher of The Auburn Villager newspaper and the online publication, auburnvillager.com. Before going into law, he was state Capitol reporter for The Huntsville Times and state editor for The Columbus Ledger. In college, he was sports editor of The Auburn Plainsman. Email him your comments about the newspaper to firstname.lastname@example.org.