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Charlie Bass' message to GOPers

From NBC's Mark Murray
Earlier this week, we wrote that if Republicans lose the New Jersey gubernatorial race, as well as the special congressional election in NY-23, one of the big stories come Nov. 4 will be the GOP's inability to win in the Northeast. In fact, losing NY-23 -- which could happen if Republicans split their votes between the conservative and moderate GOPer in the race -- would give the Republican Party control of just TWO congressional seats in all of New York state. Wow.

Well, former New Hampshire GOP Rep. Charlie Bass, who lost his congressional seat in 2006, has written an essay for the fall edition of the Ripon Forum, arguing how the Republican Party can bounce back in the Northeast. But his message is FAR different than what we're hearing from the Sarah Palins, Dick Armeys, Club for Growths, and Tea Partiers who have gotten involved in NY-23.

Bass writes:

First, we as a party need to recognize that one-size-does-not-fit-all when it comes to campaigns. It shouldn't be an earth-shattering revelation, but the fact of the matter is that the type of candidate and campaign that can win in Alabama is not going to be the same type of candidate or campaign needed to win in New Hampshire...

Second, we need to emphasize those policies and positions that unite all Republicans – rather than focus on issues that divide us. It was Ronald Reagan who pointed out that someone who agrees with you on 80 percent of the issues is a friend, not an enemy.  Unfortunately, instead of emphasizing those issues that unite us, the Republican Party of today has spent far too much time focused on divisive social issues...

Third, we need candidates who reflect the values of the people of their district and their state. Our party needs to recruit and promote candidates who understand their electorate and who will reflect their values...