Republicans must pursue a path that starts with unity
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The Republican Party has been working for this moment for decades. With dominance in the federal and state governments, those just elected cannot squander it.

Elected Republicans must be focused and clear-eyed on the fact they were put in office to tear down the barriers to creating jobs, increase the amount Americans have in their bank accounts and protect our personal security.

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To that end, imagine our country being a place where employers compete for employees, and thus, raise incomes. Workplaces are freed from senseless regulations placing the emphasis on customers.

Current roads and bridges are updated and new ones are built ensuring safe travel. Law enforcement officials are trained and given state-of-the-art equipment, which in turn makes our neighborhoods safer. Our national defense receives the funding needed to assure it is second to none, making our country safer.

With Republicans elected to the Presidency and majorities in the U.S. Senate and House, there is every reason to believe this can be done. Add to this the opportunity to produce similar success at the state level with Republicans elected to 34 of 50 governors’ offices and majorities in 69 of 99 state legislative chambers (as of this writing as results are still be finalizing in select states).

In fact, Republicans now have the office of governor and control of both legislative chambers in 25 of 50 states. How Republicans meet the clearly stated desires of American voters matter little. At the same time, big, positive improvements have occurred in our country when ideas that unite like-minded Republicans, Democrats and Independents lead the national discussion.

Given the diverse coalition that elected President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' MORE, congressional Republicans and state-level Republicans, there are many ideas that can be advanced from a position of strength and unity. Take, for example, the voters who supported President Obama twice and cast their vote for Donald Trump last week.

Their goal in each election was to give Americans more paths to succeed. It stands to reason that elected Republicans and these voters could rally together to fix our tax system to make it fair and simple. Those willing to take on the massive machinery of government may even include elected Democrats who accept the desires of the voters in their states.

At the federal level, with 11 Democratic U.S. Senators facing re-election in 2018 in states that were carried by the President-elect, there is no shortage of individuals who have an interest in passing ideas to give Americans more, better-pay jobs and protect them in their communities. If for no other reason, these elected Democrats want to join for their own political survival.

Five Democratic Senators represent states where Mr. Trump won by nearly 20 points or more — Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillLobbying world Dem candidate has Hawley served subpoena at CPAC Annual scorecard ranks GOP environmental efforts far below Dems in 2018 MORE in Missouri (19 points), Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterSanders, Ocasio-Cortez back 'end the forever war' pledge Dems wrestle over how to vote on ‘Green New Deal’ White House pleads with Senate GOP on emergency declaration MORE in Montana (20 points), Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyLobbying World Lobbying World Overnight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down MORE in Indiana (20 points), Hedi Heitkamp in North Dakota (35 points), and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinRomney helps GOP look for new path on climate change Manchin says he won't support LGBTQ protection bill as written Senators offer bipartisan bill to fix 'retail glitch' in GOP tax law MORE in West Virginia (41 points).

To be clear, Americans are not looking to wait until 2018 for results. However, come Election Day 2018, if these 11 Democrats have blocked and obstructed an agenda that has public support, Republicans could well be on their way to achieving 60 seats in the U.S. Senate.

For these elected Democrats to pretend the election was anything but a disaster for the progressive agenda that has been forced on the American people the last seven years, they are whistling past the graveyard. Regardless of whether elected Democrats join, the standard for Republicans’ success is impossible to miss.

Republicans must be focused, clear eyed and deliver on policies that allow all Americans the opportunity to benefit. It cannot become politics as usual between Republicans and Democrats. That our demography is changing is beyond dispute. That this change involves growth in minority communities is also not up for debate.

Decency and political common sense demand the inclusion of all Americans. There is every reason to believe this can be done, but Republicans must pursue a path that starts with unity. At the same time, Democrats ought not fight the American people’s desires for two reasons. First, the data would strongly indicate it is counterproductive to their political self-interest.

Second, and by far more important, all Americans want security — both economic and personal. In other words, it is the right thing to do. So, elections do matter.

David Avella is the GOPAC Chairman and a veteran Republican strategist. 


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