By Brian Ochsner (email@example.com) We need to get back to basics, and be the party of big ideas again. Also need to get back to fundamentals. As Vince Lombardi said to his team on the first day of training camp: "Men, this is a football." Or to Republicans: "Ladies and gentlemen, we are the party of lower taxes and spending, limited government, and personal responsibility. Any questions?" Bush and Owens really killed us by abandoning conservative principles. Some folks want to bash social conservatives for the party's problems, but that isn't the cause IMHO. 43 passed, Ref. I failed, that's proof right there.