What is it with the GOP and this incessant need to lurch to the left?
As is typical, conservatives are being blamed for the loss last week. The fact we put Cruz, Fischer, and Flake into office isn’t mentioned. The fact Senator Brown lost his seat running away from the Tea Party as fast as his moderate legs could carry him isn’t mentioned. The fact the Republican nominee was yet another a moderate who, despite some strong positive campaigning, wouldn’t attack Obama a la McCain 2.0 isn’t mentioned. But it must be our fault anyway, if only because Establishment politicians don’t take blame.
There’s just one problem with the theory that we now need amnesty and we can add support by attacking the rich. That brand is already taken. The Democrats own it lock, stock, and barrel, and with the MSM to back them up on retaining it, no amount of liberalism from the Republicans will so much as cause it to be knocked even slightly ajar.
Giving the Democrats what they want or ‘compromising’ with them has always resulted in them getting the credit and the Republicans getting the blame. Bush 41 breaking his no new taxes pledge cost him his job. Reagan granted amnesty in exchange for security considerations he never received and the Republicans promptly started losing percentages of the Hispanic vote (Want to know how to appeal to them? Try looking at Texas first). The House was retaken in 2010 by the efforts of the Tea Party along with gains in the Senate, and two years of the Republicans attacking them for it earned them the 2012 election cycle losses that should have been the other way around. No one who retired over Obamacare need have bothered.
Say they plow through anyway and go full liberal, then what? Not one liberal will peel away from the Democrats. Plus, they’ll get the credit for ‘forcing’ the Republicans into line if the Republicans are even mentioned at all. What’s left of their base will certainly blame them though, and not enough moderates and independents will be gained to make up the difference.
The GOP cannot win as a liberal party because liberal is already taken by a party in no danger of losing the title. No current Democrat voters will want Dem-light if they already have the real thing. At this point though, it might just Whig the Republicans out of existence.
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