Statement by Lou Zickar, editor of The Ripon Forum, on yesterday’s results:

“This is the best day Republicans have had since the 2004 election, not just because the party picked up two governorships that had previously been in Democratic hands, but because it reaffirmed that the path back to power is found by turning toward the center, rather than veering to the right.

“Just as important, Bob McDonnell’s victory in Virginia provides the GOP with a blueprint for victory in 2010.  It’s a blueprint that shows Republicans that the way to win independent voters is by focusing on value, not values, and one that will take the party one step closer to reclaiming its majority on Capitol Hill next year.” 


The Ripon Forum is published by the Ripon Society in Washington, DC. Founded in 1962, the Ripon Society is a public policy organization that takes its name from the town where the Republican Party was born in 1854 — Ripon, Wisconsin. One of the main goals of the Ripon Society is to promote the ideas and principles that have made America great and contributed to the GOP’s past success. These ideas include keeping our nation secure, keeping taxes low and having a federal government that is smaller, smarter and more accountable to the people.