The Hatfields vs. the McCoys
“We got too many Jim DeMints (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburns (R-Ok.). It’s the southerners. They get on TV and go ‘errrr, errrrr.’ People hear them and say, ‘These people, they’re southerners. The party’s being taken over by southerners. What they hell they got to do with Ohio?’ ”
This quote is from Republican senator George Voinovich (R-OH). This seems to be the prevailing sentiment in many circles, given the overall performance of the republican party in the past two elections. The party has a rock solid grip on the south, but other regions of the country are beginning to lean heavily to the left, with almost the entire Northeast portion of the United States without a single GOP representative in the house. The “populist party of the people,” cannot be that if its representative strength is limited to one part of the country. Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele has an enormous task before him.
So what do you think? How can republicans expand their influence to other regions of the country besides the South?