A letter from the Conservative Grassroots

Anne Sorock at LegalInsurrection.com reprinted this letter from the conservative grassroots.  It’s spot on.  The key point, and a mistake Scott Brown made is attacking the base.  The incessant I love Planned Parenthood ads turned off many people I know.

Dear Republican Establishment:

We hear you. We hear you blaming us for Mitt Romney’s recent defeat in the Presidential election. Now hear us.

Over a year ago, we told you that Mitt Romney would not be able to energize the base. You responded that anger at Obama would provide all the energy we needed. You were told that affection FOR a candidate is always a better model than depending on anger AT another candidate. You disagreed. And now, the votes are in. You were wrong.

We also told you the 2012 election would be centered on turning out the GOP base. You insisted the election would hinge on winning independents. We now know that Romney did, in fact, win independents. Congratulations. He won those who showed up. Unfortunately, 10 million 2008 voters failed to get up off the sofa to vote for Romney. Nice job picking candidates!

The grassroots predicted Obama’s victory model: to pivot hard left and drive up turnout of his base, to make independents terrified to vote for Romney, and to dispirit the GOP base. We noted that Romney was the candidate who best fit the Obama victory model, the only candidate who could deliver the one thing a billion Democrat dollars couldn’t buy – a dispirited GOP base. You rejected that idea outright. Well, we have the results. Obama successfully delivered his own base to the polls….while doing such a good job of destroying Romney that 10 million 2008 voters failed to show up at the polls….while a dispirited GOP base complained about the lackluster Romney campaign which failed to attack, failed to defend, etc.

So now you blame the grassroots for all that? We would remind you that State & National GOP leadership leaned heavily on the grassroots this election cycle NOT to repeat the tactics which delivered victory in the 2010 mid-term elections. We played along, and quietly did the hard, grassroots work of walking streets and pounding phones for Romney. And look what happened. We did what you asked, the way you wanted it. Rest assured, the grassroots will not repeat this mistake again. Until you figure out how to listen to us as equal partners, we will not play with you. We will attack as we see fit.

We also warned you that the nomination of Mitt Romney would totally remove Obamacare from the election. It most certainly did. The single greatest policy vulnerability Obama had was totally neutered by virtue of Romney being the ideological godfather of the policy in question. Thanks.

Oh. Stop hanging Akin & Mourdock around our neck. We didn’t know they didn’t understand how conception works. You didn’t know that the word “macaca” was part of George Allen’s vocabulary, either. And you didn’t blame him for the loss of the House and Senate in 2006. Interestingly, you put him up again this time around. We might make mistakes, but we don’t make them twice. So stop the scapegoating, please.

A word about demography: Women aren’t the problem, although we need to (and can) do better with them. Hispanics aren’t the problem, although we need to (and can) do better with them. The biggest nut of the problem is this: our campaign inspired 10 million… 10 MILLION… voters from 2008 who decided not to vote for Obama to stay home rather than come out and vote for Mitt Romney. We lost because we did not present bold colors, big ideas that could inspire a nation to join us.

We lost because Mitt Romney, a man we immensely admire and respect, was the wrong candidate on just about every level. Mitt’s failure to do the obvious and select Marco Rubio as VP makes it much, much harder to win the future Hispanic vote. It’s not impossible. It can be done. Don’t worry. The grassroots will fix this for you. Please stay out of our way. And don’t do anything stupid like granting citizenship to 15m illegals. We have to persuade Hispanics they are conservatives who belong in the GOP, just like that County GOP Chairman in New Mexico did with Susanna Martinez. We win Hispanics by persuading them that conservatism, that free enterprise rather than entitlement, is the path to the American Dream of individual liberty and prosperity.

Let it be known that we were good soldiers. We got on board and worked as hard and cheerfully as anyone else on the team. But please let the most important lesson of 2012 sink in: If we don’t nominate candidates who can inspire the grassroots of this country, we are not going to win, no matter how excited we think the independents are going be about them. If you cannot fire up your base, you are not going to fire up independents.

You cannot win without your base.

You cannot win by attacking your base.

Ok. Enough. We will not harp on it any more. You can poke us all you want. From here on, we’re working on 2014. And 2016.

We hope you will join us. And LISTEN.

Sincerely,

The Conservative Grassroots,

AKA Tea Party, 912, Liberty, precinct Republicans, silent majority Americans

About Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

  • edfactor

    Where to begin?  

    I love it how nothing is ever the fault of the far-right. Not losing Senate seats in Connecticut, Nevada, Delaware, Indiana, or Missouri. Not turning the 2012 presidential primary into a conservative freak show, promoting unfit candidates and driving Mitt Romney to go the right of Rick Perry on immigration.

    Yes, anonymous fool, losing Hispanics by 40-80 points is demographic suicide. Going on univision and giving your position on immigration (deport yourself!!) was a killer. If we had halved the Hispanic gap, Romney would have won easily. Everyone but you admits we must change dramatically on Hispanics and immigration. I know you think legal Hispanics don’t care about how we talk about immigration. But your right-wing media is constantly abusing Hispanics (English-only, Mexican invasion, anchor babies, and more). I think the Hispanic voters hear that and think that we don’t want even the legal citizens as neighbors.

    25% of all American children are Hispanic. They will grow up and vote nativists like you out of the party. I hope we don’t have to wait for that to happen.  

    Oh – and I forgot – you said, as you do every year, that we just have to convince Hispanics they are Republicans. Whatever. You say that every time. You fail every time. Your angry white, exurban army will never do that.

    Oh – and I love how you talk about the “establishment” picking Romney. Did you not see that we have a primary system and not smoke-filled rooms? In fact, our primary system gave your folk – conservative, know-nothings, enormous influence in the process. It was kow-towing to you that damaged Romney so badly. Just look at his negatives before and after the primary!!!

    But it is just easier to make it sound like he was picked in a back room than that he had to earn votes of real Republicans for months on end.

    I could go on and on about your eighth-grade logic and sloppy use of statistics. But I won’t.

    I don’t care if you stay Republican. I don’t care what you do. But the GOP has a massive, fatal, demographic problem. You know what that is? Too many people like you, not enough of everyone else.

    Don’t worry. We will fix that. Your help will not be required.

  • MerrimackMan

    Christine O’Donnell, Ken Buck, Sharon Angle, Linda McMahon, Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, and Joe Miller (almost cost us a seat).

    Also, I wasn’t aware that George Allen isn’t considered a conservative anymore. He only had a lifetime ACU rating of 93%.

    “We hear you blaming us for Mitt Romney’s recent defeat in the Presidential election.”

    Why don’t you blame Barack Obama? He’s the one that beat him. I did everything I could to help out Mitt and the GOP.

    “Nice job picking candidates!”

    So you really think Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, and Gary Johnson would have done better? Mitt was not the best person in the country to be the GOP nominee. However, he was by far the most credible candidate in that horrible batch of candidates. The others would have failed to win over the center, AND failed to raise the money to get the base out. Yes, Romney’s organization failed on the two yard line in getting the base out thanks to project ORCA, but if you think Romney was drowned by Democratic ads, you can’t imagine how bad it would have been with the broke joke candidacies of the other primary contenders. They wouldn’t have gotten within 5% of Obama.

    “Mitt’s failure to do the obvious and select Marco Rubio as VP”

    You sure Marco Rubio was interested?

    10 million 2008 voters failed to show up at the polls

    2 Million votes have yet to be counted in California. When it is all said and done, Mitt will have more votes than McCain, and a couple million short of Bush. A defeat for sure, but Obama as you indicate, will be down even more. You assume those voters should have been Romney voters. You fail to realize that nearly 1.5 Million Obama voters didn’t turn out in NY and NJ. 800k McCain voters didn’t turn out. My point is you can’t assume low turnout means low enthusiasm for Mitt. Naturally Democratic constituencies might have stayed home instead of voting for Obama, or people may be struggling with a hurricane.

  • I also experienced some Republican/conservative activists who were turned off by the Brown campaign focus on his pro-choice on abortion views.  I received a handful of phone calls & emails stating how they refused to support him on the matter despite his fairly pro-life voting record and endorsement by pro-life organizations.

    Most of those people who contacted me understood that Scott Brown, despite his campaign rhetoric on his crucial issue, fell solidly within Ronald Reagan’s 80% rule and that on pro-life issues, even if he wasn’t in 100% locked step with me & others on the Culture of Life, that he was absolutely, positively, without a doubt infinitely better to have in the United States Senate then Elizabeth Warren!

    Of course, some were absolutists and wouldn’t follow the Reagan precedent.

    Yes, the Brown campaign hit a few discordant notes with me as well – for example pushing the pro-choice mantra to its Catholics for Brown group – but again, when it comes down to it I, as a Catholic following the dictates of Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) encyclical by Pope John Paul II and as a socially conservative Republican could labor on behalf of, support, and cast a vote for Scott Brown without hesitation.  

  • Vote3rdpartynow

    I have seen brilliant political analysts predict something spot-on one day, and be made a fool of the next.  

    Time for the GOP to get over this thing and back to work…