Republicans must break free of their recent past, and articulate the plan to move forward.
Matt Bai: Well I mean they’re in a tough spot because that’s . . . I wouldn’t want to be a Republican candidate right now because the President is so unpopular. He’s so damaged the brand of his party. So has the Republican Congress. And none of these guys, for very practical political reasons, have been able to really firmly break the president’s . . . I would say that a candidate . . . It depends on who the candidate is and how easy this is. But my completely armchair, uninformed point of view would be that for a Republican candidate to win in 2008, they’re gonna have to break strongly with the . . . with the legacy of this administration, and the legacy of Congressional Republicans, and articulate a new way forward that separates them from . . . from the recent past.