You got that right! I agree completely with Ms. Sauerbrey—from the ground up and fast (with conservative principles set in stone)!
By the way, I saw a comment yesterday from a Massachusetts conservative who said you can’t win as a watered down liberal—voters will pick the real liberal every time. In Massachusetts, Republicans ran RINOs and lost even bigger than in Maryland.
From the Baltimore Sun (emphasis mine):
Republican former Gov. Robert L. Erhlich Jr. described his gubernatorial election loss this week as the close of a chapter in his life. It could also signal the end of an era for the Maryland GOP.
As Republicans nationwide celebrated a historic victory in the midterm elections, GOP leaders in Maryland expressed worry that Ehrlich’s loss Tuesday to Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley by twice the margin of his 2006 defeat would cement the party’s minority status here.
“Bob gave hope that we might actually move to a two-party system,” Ellen R. Sauerbrey, a two-time Republican gubernatorial nominee, said Wednesday. [Most of us in the Tea Party movement saw no hope from the beginning---ed] “That hope was a little diluted last night. …What I see ahead is a recognition that we have to build the party from the ground up.” [yes! and we said so yesterday, here---ed]
Ehrlich, who has dominated Maryland Republicans for a decade, said in the waning days of the campaign that he would be unlikely to run again for public office.
“I don’t know if we are going to see another [Republican governor of Maryland] in the next 40 years,” said Mary Kane, his running mate. “It is a shame.”
No Mary! not 40 years—but 4 years!