The only folk seeming to know that answer are Democrats. It’s clear to them and they make it clear to their spear carriers that Republicans are the out-of-date, selfish and greedy scalawags who stand in the way of progress and try to destroy everything good. And Republicans are liars, too. This sells and the GOP, writhing in its grip, appears unable to respond.
That’s true because the GOP itself is enmeshed in its own battle for control of its ideology and such power as accompanies that control. The sniping between such as Senator John McCain and Senators Rand Paul or Ted Cruz , all Republican stalwarts, illuminates the Republican struggle for a uniform identity.
The recent Presidential election illustrates the dangers of such navel-gazing, the GOP leadership rigged the primaries against a surging, conservative Tea Party element and with gleeful media and Democrat support, emasculated it. And were repaid by watching the reelection of Barack Obama as the Tea Party voters stayed home.
Rather than learning the lesson mastered by past Democrat and Republican leaders who failed, adjusted and progressed in a wiser direction, the party’s leaders are doubling down on the theory, apparently, that they are right, everyone else is wrong and all they must do, is try harder while divesting the party of those who disagree. But those who disagree, is proving to be an increasing number.
The Republican leaders say that the out-of-date Teafolk represent the past; the Founders’ 18th century Liberalism is extinct, a pitch that makes them sound curiously like Democrats. Sounding like Democrats (but slightly watered down) is the magic key to acquiring the youth vote, is the story. And trading in the seniors for the youth is the deal. Forward-looking, right?. .
A major mouthpiece for those erstwhile Republicans being made to walk the plank, is Senator Rand Paul, who recently said that Republicans will win again “when the party looks more like America.” So far, his voice lacks resonance among the GOP mighty, who seem to feel threatened by his rising prominence.
The Democrats have the left sewed up; they own collectivism and its (tax) and SPEND shtick. Rush Limbaugh spoke to the core of the Left with his: “You can’t fight Santa Claus.” A Republican response of: “We’ll spend, just not so much” doesn’t have that ringing appeal, seems to me. GOP’s Congressfolk Boehner and Mitchel have the power, but lack the salesmanship, or the charisma, or maybe just the understanding that big donors are great but you need LOTS of voters, too. Throwing away lots of proven voters in the hope of gouging some young, new ones out ot the Dems’ hide is betting on the come, and it ain’t coming.
The stuffed elephants ‘leading’ the GOP need to go; they’re blocking the door to progress. With them out of the way, the party can re-recruit those it has forced out and yes, even gain some of those youth so ineffectually pursued ’til now. You’ll think me mad, but new Republican leadership might find fertile youthful ground at places like Harvard, as the linked article from the Harvard Crimson shows.
The Democrats fought this battle starting a couple of decades ago.Their extreme Left prevailed but didn’t read the losers out of the party; they were better politicians than that. Today’s GOP can gain from aping the Democrat’s organization…but not from aping its politics. Where is the choice between two parties of the Left?