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NASCIMENTO: Dave McCormick’s Book Is an Outline for PA and US

With State Sen. Doug Mastriano taking a pass on the 2024 Senate race against Bob Casey and a book tour that has taken him across the commonwealth, the likelihood of David McCormick as the Republican U.S. Senate nominee looks more and more certain. His book, “Superpower in Peril,” shows why that is a very good thing, not only for the GOP but for a United States facing grave challenges at home and especially abroad.

In it, McCormick lays out not just that path forward for his (likely) future Senate campaign but for the Republican Party and for the country in general.

Weaving together lessons from his military service, his successful business career, and his 2022 Senate run, and using (among others) twin examples of the Reagan recovery of the 1980s and, closer to home here in Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh renaissance of the 1990s, McCormick makes a compelling case for a muscular, common-sense conservativism as the solution to the national malaise that we find ourselves in.

True to its subtitle, McCormick’s book offers a “battle plan” designed to gain economic, technological, and innovation superiority over China and, by doing so, lift the U.S. and its citizens into an era of prosperity. With a foundation of recognizing American exceptionalism, McCormick lays out the economic and cultural steps needed to regain a position of strength at home and abroad, calling out critical areas that need addressing lest we lose them to China once and for all.

Just as critically for Pennsylvania Republicans, McCormick’s book lays out a thesis on a successful future direction of the GOP and a framework for the type of issues-based campaigns that will likely resonate with voters of all political stripes throughout, but especially in more populous corners of the commonwealth like the Delaware Valley.

And this is not a dry policy book. McCormick is not afraid to address the current philosophical and spiritual issues we face (called the “culture wars” by some), and the recommendations McCormick makes address the issues facing what he calls America’s “national software – the spirit within every American.”

By rejecting some of the traditional dogma of the party while doubling down on areas that have proven successful, McCormick melds some of the populism of the Trump era with the classic conservatism of the GOP into something that meets the moment – reflecting not just a response to the evolving challenges that we are facing as a county, but a hopeful strategy in line with the mindset of voters in places like Montgomery County, where they are searching for solutions, not just rhetoric.

These are the very places where McCormick, and in truth, all Republicans running statewide or nationally, will need to do well in. “Superpower in Peril” lays out the battle plan to win in those areas and, by doing so, reverse the decline that our great nation is wrestling with.


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