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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sorry Liberals, but being more like you is not the GOP key to winning elections

Gallop has a poll out showing "Conservatives" as the single largest ideological block with 40% willing to label themselves as conservative or very conservative. 35 % claim to be moderates and only 21% own up to being liberal or very liberal.

I have been sickened since the election by disingenuous members of the media and liberal bloggers claiming that GOP's only hope of survival is to become more liberal. I have difficulty telling whether they really believe this tripe or if they are merely making it up as a talking point to convince people to believe it. I lean toward the latter.

This poll shows that this is still a very conservative country. I also believe the number to actually be higher. Many people might espouse an ideology, but do not want to be labeled with either brand. Each brand has been successfully stigmatized to some degree. I talk to people all the time that claim to lean left and vote Democrat. Yet when you discuss things issue by issue almost always you walk away thinking the person is not only a conservative, but a strong one. Usually there is one issue they lean left on but the rest they are strongly to the right. I've said to more than one person "Dude, you don't realize it but you are a conservative." Their initial response is horror and often the conversation is over.

The biggest shortcoming of the Bush Administration is that they did not take the opportunity in political battles to educate the people. They could be very slick and cunning at times and somehow get their agenda through, but they did not use the process to draw the distinction between conservative and liberal principals. The key to winning elections in the future is not becoming more liberal. The key to winning elections in the future is educating the people and getting them to realize that they are actually conservatives. I think that the biggest voting block that is very, very conservative but votes Democrat are Hispanics. Karl Rove and the Bush Administration courted Hispanics, but they did it in a way where they acted like Democrats instead of making the conservative case.

Of course the education strategy is dependent on one key factor: Republicans as a whole must, must begin to act like conservatives. The "big tent" strategy has destroyed this party. That does not mean we exclude people. We make it clear that in certain groups many agree with 80% of conservative principals. They should be welcome in the GOP but don't expect the GOP to cater to your 20% liberal views.

The Obama Administration has handed us a case study where we can clearly draw the distinction between conservatism and liberalism. We must take this opportunity to educate. We cannot wobble. We cannot muddy the waters with "bipartisanship" and "reaching across the aisle". I have always maintained that when there is an opportunity to clearly debate the two sides without spin and without heavy handed tactics that conservatism wins the debate every time. We must win the debate.

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  • At 8:31 PM, Blogger SkyePuppy said…

    Rassmusen noted that Obama went negative in the weekly poll charting the difference between Strongly Approve and Strongly Disapprove of his performance. Two percent more people disapprove of him than approve. The longer he's in office, the more he reveals himself for the Hard-Lefty he is, and the more people don't like that.

    By the 2010 elections, people are going to be ripe for another Change, and they're going to Hope the GOP can sweep control of Congress again.

  • At 7:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    All hail the GOP - righteous defender and THE Party of Family Values!

    Mark Sanford - affair DURING Father's Day
    John Ensign - affair
    Newt Gingrich - affair
    David Vitter - affair with hooker
    Sarah Palin - pregnant teen daughter and her desire to split up the United States

    Blatant hypocrisy! THAT'S the key to winning elections! Good luck with that!

  • At 10:33 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…


    Hypocrisy and inconsistency is quite thick among members of both parties. I am not sure what your point is but my guess is that substituting snarkiness in place of reasoned thought somehow makes you feel better.

  • At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Don't be daft. "Reasoned thought" and real facts are not valued on this blog. But we all know that for every single election the GOP drags out its tattered "Family Values Voter Guide" and sits on its high moral horse casting judgment on everyone except themselves, but 4 of the 5 people on that list have been considered serious GOP presidential contenders for 2012. Maybe not so much now.

    Democrats are reviled "because they're immoral and have no code of values" so you can't really call them hypocrites.

    Republicans write out strict moral codes that they use as a political mace and battering ram..... and then flagrantly violate those codes..... and then expect everyone to excuse them or think it irrelevant "because Dems do it too".

    THAT'S hypocrisy.

  • At 6:07 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…


    Now it is unsubstantiated insults instead of reasoned thought. I guess you have no real response to my contention that the GOP will not win more elections by acting like DEMS.

    If you wish to discuss the topic at hand, fine. Otherwise I have no interest in rabbit trails.

    I do hope to get time by this weekend to create a separate post to address the moral breaches and the hypocrisy issue.


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