Jeb Bush’s March 24 article, The road back to the White House, was right in its frank recognition that the Republican Party is largely viewed as anti-American. Bush is wrong, however, in thinking that the GOP’s principals could have wide appeal.
In addition to confusing the political realm with the social realm the party’s principals generally appeal to the growing minority of white Anglo-Saxon Protestants whose children go to private schools. Suggesting that offering folks on Chicago’s south side or in the blighted areas of the big cities in Florida “greater individual responsibility, more personal freedom and smaller more effective government” would be a welcome message sounds like W suggesting that the folks in Iraq would welcome American troops with open arms. For the GOP to become the face of every American it’s going to take more than couching its efforts in different terms. That road is a dead end.
Jim Crowder, Miami