Yesterday a man whose intelligence and business acumen I greatly admire told me that the Republican Party must move to the left if it is ever going to win elections again. I didn’t really get a chance to debate it with him, but it is something I have heard and read a few times since the election.
To be honest, I don’t get it. What is the point of winning if winning means you have begun promoting the leftist agenda? The goal, after all, isn’t the victory of Republican Party candidates. The goal is public policy based on conservative and libertarian values. It makes no sense whatsoever to abandon the goal in order to put people bearing the GOP brand in office.
I know, the one thing I said I wasn’t going to do after last week’s beating is Monday morning quarterback the election or talk inside ball party politics; I am not going to start now. I don’t care a bit about the Republican Party and its strategy for winning except to the extent that it is a proxy for the values I support. If it moves left in order to win elections, it will no longer be a such a proxy and, therefore, of no value to me.
I expect we are going to hear more of this and the GOP will move left in order to win. Evidence of this being the natural evolution of things is that the so-called “conservative” parties of Europe are no more than leftist organizations who claim to be more efficient in running the state apparatus than their even further left opponents. If this is where we are heading in America, we have lost even if Republicans win.