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Ironically, the institution in which conservatives had their greatest success is the one most besieged by conservatives today: the Republican party. To listen to many grassroots conservatives, the GOP establishment is a cabal of weak-kneed sellouts who regularly light votive candles to a poster of liberal Republican icon Nelson Rockefeller.

This is not only not true, it’s a destructive myth. The Rockefeller Republicans were purged from the GOP decades ago. Their high-water mark was in 1960, when the Goldwater insurgency was temporarily crushed. Richard Nixon agreed to run on a platform all but dictated by Rockefeller and to tap Rockefeller’s minion Henry Cabot Lodge as his running mate. When the forebears of today’s tea partiers threatened to stay home or bolt the party in 1960, Senator Barry Goldwater proclaimed, “Let’s grow up, conservatives!”

It’s still good advice. It’s not that the GOP isn’t conservative enough, it’s that it isn’t tactically smart or persuasive enough to move the rest of the nation in a more conservative direction. Moreover, thanks in part to the myth that all that stands between conservatives and total victory is a philosophically pure GOP, party leaders suffer from a debilitating lack of trust – some of it well earned – from the rank and file.

But politics is about persuasion, and a party consumed by the need to prove its purity to its base is going to have a very hard time proving anything else to the rest of the country.

The point here is what I often end up telling the members of my RTC, we are not supposed to be sitting around preaching to the choir. We’re supposed to be out in the community presenting our philosophy and policy prescriptions in an effort to convert the convertible (ie. unenrolled voters). Sitting around a table once a month telling each other we’re right just doesn’t cut it.

We need to change our tactics to ensure a more effective presentation to the larger community of our sound strategic vision.

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  • Because it is made up of two factions that want to sing two different songs at the same time. It is full of purists who can only sing the song they were taught when they became involved in politics, who would rather the choir not sing anything at all if it is not singing the purist song.

    We need the BrockC/JohnD “no compromise on gay marriage ever” faction to meet the Edfactor/ScottB “we should accept gay marriage” faction in the middle, at Civil Unions that are not juridically equivalent, that are defined as “marriage minus conception rights.”

    And if that means rejecting the Libertarian Transhumanist faction completely, then so be it. Let them go join the Democratic party, we can pick up many more responsible government conservative Dems when they see we have rejected the radical element and become a functional meaningful party of useful ideas and principles again.

  • The tent gets smaller and smaller.

    A senior aide to a House Republican leader summed up the feeling: “Corporate America isn’t the friend to Republicans that most people assume. So I think there is a healthier sort of skepticism that is brought into those meetings” with business leaders.

    Some of the Republicans’ distancing from big business is a matter of political tactics — to alter their image as the party of wealth and corporate power. A writer for the conservative Weekly Standard said of the fiscal fight last month, “While big business cozies up to Obama once again, Republicans have an opportunity to enhance their reputation as the party of Main Street.”

    Full story at CNBC

  • edfactor


    I talk about it more on Facebook than here, but yes, and especially online, Republicans are not spending time figuring out how to convince any independent voter of anything.

    So my Facebook feed is lots doctored photoshop pictures of Democrat politicians and mockups of quotes about resistance to tyranny, etc. As for the posts, lots of them condemn people for not being conservative enough, lots of totally out-of-control language about politics.

    Are these people nasty? Mostly not. But once you get sucked into the right-wing world of conservative one-upmanship, you end up practicing ways to alienate regular people.

    It’s like what happened to Rick Green when he was on the Kuhner Report recently. He said:

    “One of your callers talked about the organization of the Governor. The Democratic Party, the gentleman, John Walsh, who chairs their party, his union thugs have created quite an organization, but is has yielded one of the most corrupt states in the country.”

    Now, I am not in favor of the unions, and there has been some thuggery once in a while. But to characterize the entire Democratic organization as “union thugs”? Really? Is that going to convince anyone that we are reasonable people who should be given power? No. (And I don’t think Mr. Green believes that. It’s just too easy to use that language in front of an audience that eats it up.)

    As Karl (the author of this diary) said about that interview, we should be pointing out how project labor agreements cost taxpayers more money and other ways that union power hits your pocketbook.  Amen!

    Another friend told me that a lot of Republicans don’t know “how to talk in a non-offensive manner.”  Agreed. Look at the stuff here on RMG!? What would an unenrolled voter think? Hey – I want those people in charge!

    Of course not.

    We have to remember that if the primary activity of the activists is to conduct a series of heresy trials in the name of finding the “true conservative” that there is little chance we are then going to be able to go out on the street in a general election and convince anyone of anything. (Like the article says.)

  • Ryan

    And say that we’re focusing on the wrong policy choices, for the wrong times; and also that we need new idesa, built in a conservative framework, that meet 21st century challenges.

    I’m not a fan of the Neocons of the party, but I will give them credit that they thought big, and brought forth new policy and new ideas.

    A lot of the rabble rousing, deep base populist rhetoric is good for the passions and all.  But middle ground Americans are looking at that and asking how the hell is it supposed to help them at best, or at worse not make their lives any worse.

    And we don’t have answers; only that we either believe in it, or push it so we don’t get primaried by a very vocal minority of the party.

    We’ve ceded so much ground to the Dems, because the base thinks those positions by default are “liberal”, that it’s not even funny.  It creates a vacuum, and the Dems are happy to fill that vacuum with only their ideas and ideology.

    The GOP could easily have Conservative solutions to global warming, healthcare, the environment, energy, education, oligarch and plutocratic business / moral hazard, ect.

    We’ve long fetishistized on taxes and starving the beast.  Unless our goal is to bankrupt the federal government and the ultimately the American economy, we haven’t accomplished much in the last 15-20 years.

    We need to stop applying what worked in 1980, to the challenges we face today.  And we need to not just offer good stories, but results to the American people.

  • In 2010 health care plan design for cities and towns was our issue. The Dems were against it in the election and then went and put it in place themselves once we were out of the way.

    An important fiscal issue right now is lifetime health benefits for part time municipal employees (which is state law). It should be our issue, but was we are of no consequence in this state, we’re not in the current discussion.

  • AlysiaHardy

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