Tom Cole (R-MSNBC)

After two Presidential election defeats people seem agreed that the GOP can’t keep doing what it’s been doing and hope to win the White House.  What that change is really is the big question for GOP.

There seems to be a group that recognizes the party is going to really have to moderate itself or face even worse electoral fortune.  The problem is that group is only being paid attention to on MSNBC and other liberal outlets.  Talk radio, influential political blogs, and many FOX News contributors want no part of it.

So from now on the Republicans who want moderation are going to be called MSNBC Republicans.  Chief among them is Congressman Tom Cole from Oklahoma. Although he gets high ratings from the American Conservative Union and the National Right to Life, Cole seems to understand something needs to change.  Check out this quote in a recent Washington Post story:

“Republicans need to understand that their political problems are neither tactical nor transitory. They are structural and demographic. The hard truth is the GOP coalition constitutes a shrinking portion of the electorate. To change that daunting reality, Republicans must appeal to groups that are currently outside their ranks or risk becoming a permanent minority.”

Of course, who those people are and how to appeal to them is the tough part.  But give Cole credit for wanting to start the conversation.  Will people, outside of the panel on Morning Joe, listen to him?

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