Hugh Hewitt’s “GOP 5.0”

Republican talk radio host Hugh Hewitt has a book out illustrating his vision for electoral renewal for the Republican Party. Here is the synopsis:

The GOP’s fall from the triumphant elections of 2004 to the consecutive defeats in 2006 and 2008 didn’t have to happen, and doesn’t have to be prolonged. But change in crucial aspects of the party’s message and messaging must occur quickly if the potential pick-ups of 2010 are to be achieved, and the White House reclaimed in 2012. As soon as the dust settled in 2008, Hugh Hewitt began an intensive series of interviews with key GOP leaders and political analysts and tacticians across the ideological spectrum. The blueprint for Republican renewal presented here reflects the best of that thinking.

Hewitt’s not a dumb guy by any means, but higher-ups in the Republican Party should be very careful. I recall Hewitt talking around 2006-07 about how Bush’s economic policies were being vindicated by the then booming housing market. He wrote a book called A Mormon in the White House predicting an executive branch headed in 2009 by Mitt Romney. (That book is probably lucky to be in the discount rack and not the recycling bin at your local Half Price Books.) It’s an understatement to say that he doesn’t have a fantastic track record of predicting political outcomes.


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