Letters

Republican Party looks toward 2014

Sunday, November 18, 2012

To the Editor:

As I continue to sort through and assess the outcome of last Tuesday’s elections, I am saddened by the number of our losses and yet inspired and encouraged by the incredible efforts by our state party staff, our victory staff and especially our activists and other volunteers around New Hampshire. All of you represent the strength and determination of the Republican Party and you are the reason that we will achieve an enduring victory in 2014.

I want to thank all of you and also thank Ovide Lamontagne, Charlie Bass, Frank Guinta and all of our candidates up and down the ballot, in every district and every county. I will always be grateful to all of them for having run the hard and effective campaigns they did. We can be very proud of them.

There is a great deal of “spin” going on right now from many sources. All of us have an opinion on why Tuesday didn’t go well. At least a couple of factors were the value of incumbency, in the case of Barack Obama, and the short memories of the voters, who apparently forgot all the damage that Democrats can do when they’re in power. Despite the best efforts of us all to inform and remind them, it appears they preferred the Democrats’ propaganda instead.

We can take comfort in the fact that, pending a recount, we retained a majority in the state Senate and that the Democrat majority in the House is a slim one. The seats that helped to make it possible are in Republican districts where we should prevail next time, such as Londonderry, Derry, Amherst and Merrimack. The real sign of a party’s strength is at the grassroots level. The counties are at the bottom of the ballot and we retained a solid majority of county officials.

We can look to 2014 with legitimate hope and even excitement. The second midterm election of the party in power is never a good one. Remember, Ronald Reagan lost the United States Senate in 1986 and George W. Bush lost the entire Congress in 2006. Obama lost the United States House of Representatives in 2010, his first midterm election. We have no shortage of good candidates as we seek to re-establish ourselves as the majority party of New Hampshire and that means that we will seek to achieve victory everywhere, especially against Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen. It will take careful and improved planning for us to be successful and some of that is already underway.

Again, I thank you for everything that you have done. In closing, I’d like to share with you the words of a great New England Republican. President Calvin Coolidge said, “Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” My friends, we are going to come back and do so stronger than ever.

WAYNE MACDONALD

Chairman

New Hampshire Republican Party

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