Are We There Yet, GOP?

The election was a rejection not of conservatism but, rather, of the way some conservatives made the case.

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Sadly, it appears the lessons of 2006 and 2008 (or even 2010, for that matter) were not taken to heart or understood. Republicans fundamentally failed to communicate a message that spoke to our hopes for prosperity, for ourselves and especially for our children. Consequently, one good debate notwithstanding, our case fell flat before the American people.

It's time to take this wayward party by the scruff of the neck and knock some common sense into it (yes, that means no more coddling crazy) and emerge out of this election as leaders who will speak with clarity and honesty on the issues that matter to 100 percent of Americans.

So like that kid in the backseat of the car asking, "Are we there yet?" Republicans had better realize that we've been here for some time now, and America is just waiting for us to get out of the car.

Michael Steele is the former chairman of the Republican National Committee and served as lieutenant governor of Maryland from 2003 to 2007. He is currently a political analyst for MSNBC.

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