GOP: Rally the base, don’t broaden it

GOP: Rally the base, don’t broaden it

At least one Republican understands how to respond to electoral loss: You don’t morph into your opponent who beat you because it was the loss of your true identity that lost the election in the first place.

I don’t know about you, but I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, “We must broaden the base of our party”—when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.

It was a feeling that there was not a sufficient difference now between the parties that kept a majority of the voters away from the polls. When have we ever advocated a closed-door policy? Who has ever been barred from participating?

Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?

So who is this prescient Republican? John McCain? Rudy Giuliani? Mitt Romney? Fred Thompson?

Not quite.

[Thanks to Kathy for the link.]

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Domenico Bettinelli
3 comments
  • So far, the GOP doesn’t seem to be getting the message; the big push seems to be for “win, no matter what the cost”, and the consensus is that Giuliani is the “sure win” candidate.

    If Giuliani gets the nomination, I’m changing my voter registration to “Independent/Undecided” the next day.

  • Reagan’s speech was great, insightful, and prescient.

    Unfortunately, we are dealing with somewhat of a different situation today.

    If you go back to 1974 and look at the crosstabs, one will see a dramatic loss in turnout among the Republican base.  Basically, the Goldwater conservatives stayed home.

    If you look at the post-election 2006 crosstabs, one will see that the Republican conservative based turned out, and turned out strongly.  The fall-off were those surburban Republicans towards the center of the voting bloc….. The ones most likely to be economically conservative and socially liberal.

    When you test these people, you’ll find that Iraq was the main driver.

    During the next two years, almost all major dem initiatives will be aimed precisely at this bloc.

    The question is, how do we get them back, and sustain the base at the same time?  Base issues, are the ones important to both you and me.  The guys we lost hate them.

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