It’s not just those on the left, either. Many moderates are telling us how to fix things. You know, of course that they want us to lose again. Whenever your enemy gives you advice their motives are to weaken you.
Before we get started discussing the advice we are getting consider this: In 2008 we nominated a moderate to run for President. Wishy washy John McCain didn’t have any positions that were much different than those espoused by Obama. He was an establishment tax and spend politician. His campaign generated yawns among voters; until he selected a real Conservative spending cutter as his running mate. Suddenly Republican voters began paying attention and Governor Palin generated the excitement that he couldn’t. In spite of running a lousy campaign he came pretty close to a win.
The TEA Party began meeting and working to inject fiscally conservative ideas and candidates into the electorate. The GOP won big in 2010.
In 2012 the Republican party finally settled on a fiscally and socially liberal big spender in Mitt Romney. Conservatives, evangelicals, and others were underwhelmed. He was defeated. We should learn from history.
Yesterday Peggy Noonan, Opinion columnist for the Wall Street Journal opined that “Tea party style of rage is not one that wins over converts”.
It can move forward things in a good way. I think the tea party is going to have to look at itself. It’s been so helpful to the Republican Party in the past. It saved it by not going third party in 2010, helping the Republicans sweep the House. But the tea party style of rage is not one that wins over converts and makes people lean towards them and say, ‘I want to listen to you.’ I think a friendly persuasion has to begin now from the Republican Party to people of the United States.”
It seems to me that she doesn’t have the best interest of conservatives in her heart. We have tried her ideas and they have failed. We don’t need a kinder, gentler, liberal light GOP. History has shown us that the American people want honesty and they want self reliance. I don’t think Romney lost because Americans wanted Santa Claus. Both he and Obama were Santa Claus candidates – just to differing degrees. If the choice is between Santa and Santa light the takers will opt for the bigger Santa. Americans who believe in American excellence and freedom won’t have a candidate. Many of them will stay home. That’s what happened.
Andrew Sullivan is also no conservative. He writes for the Daily Beast.
On Friday he provided some advice for Republicans. “Move away from Rush Limbaugh and Fox News has to be demonized and cut off.”
The first conservative who will be the future of that party will be the one that says Rush Limbaugh does not speak for the Republican Party,” Sullivan said. “He is a poison on the discourse, and until they start — you see, the media-industrial complex on the right is so lucrative they don’t want to lose it. And it is now controlling a political party. That has to be severed. Fox News has to be demonized and cut off.”
Sullivan is not advising us how to win. He is telling us what he, a hard-left liberal, would like us to do. We should do exactly the opposite of what people like he advises.
Next, George Will writes a column in the Washington Post. Will is an old-line moderate masquerading as a conservative. Kind of WaPo’s version of conservatism. In his November 9 column he says that Romney lost because he wasn’t ‘likeable’ enough. He says:
On Feb. 11, 2011, the person who should have been the Republican nominee laconically warned conservatives about a prerequisite for persuading people to make painful adjustments to a rickety entitlement state. Said Indiana’s Gov. Mitch Daniels: “A more affirmative, ‘better angels’ approach to voters is really less an aesthetic than a practical one. With apologies for the banality, I submit that, as we ask Americans to join us on such a boldly different course, it would help if they liked us, just a bit.” Romney was a diligent warrior. Next time, Republicans need a more likable one.”
So he liked Daniels for the job. What he is still promoting is the ‘Santa Lite’ candidate. What we need is someone who will Cut Spending drastically. That is not what Will calls for.
The Republican party has found a way to lose elections. They need to turn away from that and get back to conservative roots of low taxes, small government and frugal spending.