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The silver lining under the dark cloud of the Republican debacle of 2012 is that the so-called “leaders” have it all figured as to what went wrong.

You can read all about it in their own words right here.

These leaders – the same ones who selected Mitt Romney as the nominee of the party – believe success in the future means they need to be the ones to pick nominees for the Senate, rather than leaving that up to Republican voters.

In other words, they still believe they lost the unloseable election to the most failed president in American history because of Todd Akin. Never mind the fact that they lost every Senate race where their chosen candidate got the nomination. They were just too hands off in 2012. They don’t plan to make that “mistake” again in 2014.

Isn’t that good news?

Even Sen. Jim DeMint, who has bucked the Republican establishment in the past by supporting upstart Marco Rubio, says he won’t do that in 2014 by getting involved in primary challenges against RINOs like Lindsey Graham and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Thank goodness there’s at least one Republican senator who is skeptical about this planned micro-management of state primary races by the Washington establishment – Sen. Rand Paul, who won his 2010 primary race despite support for his opponent by McConnell.

In other words, it seems the Republican establishment hasn’t figured out that it is the problem with the Republican Party. It’s hard to point the finger at oneself. Instead, it has learned all the wrong lessons from 2012.

There are several people who have to go if the Republican Party is to reinvent itself in a way that will allow it to be more competitive in future elections: McConnell is one. John Boehner is another. And Karl Rove is the third member of the arrogant, self-interested triumvirate.

McConnell and Boehner, for instance, are tripping over themselves to accommodate Barack Obama in his second term – offering up support for “comprehensive immigration reform,” a euphemism for amnesty for millions of illegal aliens who will vote Democratic in 2014 and 2016, raising the debt limit again to ensure Obamacare is funded and not even considering how this complicity will position the Republicans as a non-viable alternative to the Democrats in future elections.

Not one of them has publicly acknowledged the role organized voter fraud played in the 2012 elections. They haven’t publicly challenged the campaign finance violations that played a role in the 2012 elections. They haven’t publicly recognized the obvious mistakes they all played themselves in clutching defeat from the jaws of victory in 2012.

And I want you to notice how the Democrat-loving media cheerleaders are loving and applauding and encouraging every self-destructive move the Republican establishment is making in the aftermath of the election.

The Republican leadership is busy writing the epitaph of its party rather than being introspective, thoughtful and applying the principle of self-examination about what went wrong.

What’s the answer?

It’s not throwing up our hands.

It’s probably not forming a viable third party, though I wouldn’t be against it if there were enough money and organization to support it.

It’s probably an organized grass-roots effort, like we saw in 2010, to take over the levers of power in the party badly in need of new ideas, new strategies and new courage and conviction.

It’s time for conservatives to avert another disaster by getting to work right now.

The Democrats are already at it.

Now’s the time to stop licking wounds and start organizing for meaningful victory in 2014.

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