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.