Back in November of 2008—after Republicans lost to Obama—I urged them to save their brand by looking to their founder, Abraham Lincoln. I wrote that Lincoln's values and policies are relevant today—and can be building blocks for a Republican revival.
That was 2008. Now Republicans have lost to Obama again and thrash around shrieking like a squirrel in the claws of a feral cat.
It is obnoxious for anyone—anyone!—to quote themselves admiringly. But I'm doing it. I know it's risky. As a boss of mine loved to warn, "Today's peacock is tomorrow's feather-duster."
But so be it. I'm strutting my wisdom. I revive my commentary following the Republicans' 2008 defeat and dare to say that it rings true today.
Below is my November 11, 2008 headline and opening. Read the full piece here and tell me if I should continue crying in the wilderness or go to Washington and whisper in Republican leader Boehner's ear.