Republican Signs of Intelligence

In what should be absolutely non-shocking news, Republicans have discovered that it is necessary to appeal to centrists, moderates and working-class families if they want to win elections. So a number of them are doing just that, and seeking in the process to undo some of the damage that conservative grassroots organizations have done to Republican party prospects. This is a good thing, I think. I certainly believe that the Republican party needs a conservative (and a libertarian!) grassroots organization, but by now, there really can be no doubt about the fact that conservative grassroots organizations cost the Republican party a great deal with their demands for a government shutdown and their misguided belief that a government shutdown would somehow serve to defund Obamacare. I hope that the grassroots has learned a lesson from the experience on the virtues of pragmatism and on how to negotiate, but until it shows that those lessons have been learned, other groups within the Republican party will act in order to make sure that the Republican party does not destroy itself. And well they should.

I look forward to the day when grassroots organizations will work more closely with Republican mainstream groups, but until that day happens, I am going to support the work of those who understand that in order to influence policy, one must actually win elections.

Comments

  1. What point is there in winning if you don’t have any American principles left afterward? Better by far would be to expand those American grass-roots organizations so that they can take as many of the state level positions as possible so that they can rework the maps to ensure that our domestic enemies’ votes are meaningless.

    • Not a single person has said “let’s win and have no principles left afterward.” Not one. Not a single person has even so much as thought such a thing. Enough with this strawman, please.

      • It’s not a strawman. You’re saying that Americans need to through aside their principles and pander to those with lower standards of behavior – moderates & centrists – in order to win. Yet, winning on those terms is the same as losing.

        • Nowhere did I say that “Americans need to through [sic] aside their principles and pander to those with lower standards of behavior–moderates & centrists–in order to win.” I did say that “Republicans have discovered that it is necessary to appeal to centrists, moderates and working-class families if they want to win elections,” but “appealing” to a certain group is far different from “pandering” to a certain group, and of course, the notion that “moderates & centrists” have “lower standards of behavior” is ridiculous. Stop lying about what I wrote in my post, as you aren’t fooling anyone.

  2. Grrr, behind a paywall.

    Theologian Francis Schaeffer taught a principle behind Christian evangelism that applies to any sort of persuasion: lead with the other person’s worldview, not yours – and reveal the places where that worldview and the person’s greatest concerns clash. People will be open to a new worldview only when they believe that the old one doesn’t work. You read stories about people like David Horowitz who moved from left to right, you see that principle in action.

    Appealing to the center should consist of showing how the Left fails the center. For instance, appeal to those concerned with the environment by demonstrating where and how mainline environmentalist policy wrecks the environment.

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