How can Republicans win the presidency?
Matt Bai is a political reporter and staff writer for the New York Times Magazine, Bai graduated from Tufts in 1990 and received a Masters from the Columbia School of Journalism in 1994. Bai began his reporting career at the Boston Globe's metro desk; he spent five years as a national correspondent for Newsweek before coming to the Times in 2002. Bai has covered all sorts of national news: everything from the Columbine shootings to John Glenn's last space voyage to Mike Bloomberg's mayoral campaign. In recent years, Bai has focused primarily on intra-Democratic Party politics. He is the author of The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers, and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics, an analysis of the progressive movement. Bai's work has also appeared in both the 2005 and 2006 editions of The Best American Political Writing. Matt covered the 2008 presidential race for the New York Times Magazine.
Matt Bai: Well I mean they’re in a tough spot because that’s . . . I wouldn’t want to be a Republican candidate right now because the President is so unpopular. He’s so damaged the brand of his party. So has the Republican Congress. And none of these guys, for very practical political reasons, have been able to really firmly break the president’s . . . I would say that a candidate . . . It depends on who the candidate is and how easy this is. But my completely armchair, uninformed point of view would be that for a Republican candidate to win in 2008, they’re gonna have to break strongly with the . . . with the legacy of this administration, and the legacy of Congressional Republicans, and articulate a new way forward that separates them from . . . from the recent past.
Recorded on: 12/13/07
Republicans must break free of their recent past, and articulate the plan to move forward.
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