The Republican Party’s Leadership Vacuum
The Republican Party has effectively shown Mitt Romney the door, thanks to his controversial comments about Obama’s ‘gifts.’
So who is the voice of the GOP now?
The party finds itself in the unenviable position of having to reinvent itself — something most top GOP strategists and lawmakers agree needs to be done — without an obvious standard-bearer to carry that message on a daily basis.
Even in 2009 and 2010, before the GOP presidential race, Mitt Romney was pretty clearly the presidential frontrunner and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was coming off his presidential campaign. McCain might have lost, but he did so with his reputation largely intact and had been a big voice in the party for a long time.