Americans Believe In Conservative Principles, Distrust Big Government
The problem isn't that the GOP is "too conservative", as the establishment Republicans (think Karl Rove) like to say, it's that the Republican Party is not seen as trustworthy to be the standard-bearers of conservatism. They're pretenders.
After eight years of George Bush and Republicans being Democrat-lite on spending, immigration, and foreign and domestic policy and trade, who can blame voters for rejecting them?
The problem is that for too long, moderates in the Party have told us that we need to compromise with liberal Democrats, and that Americans just want us to "get along". But, it's amazing that compromise, in their vernacular, means that we as conservatives need to move the ball to the liberal side of the line, but rarely if ever vice-versa. Compromise to them is accepting a decrease in the amount of increase in the budget, which is seen as a "cut" in Washington-speak.
DO What You Say
The public indicates that it agrees with much of what Republicans say, but feel betrayed by what they actually do. Cutting spending and shrinking the size of government reverberates as a message and as a platform, but when all we ever see is more spending, and the government expanding year after year, people are going to become tired of these "promises". And we are.
A huge part of the problem with the GOP is that there is nobody in the leadership who is both capable of communicating, and then actually willing to carry out, a coherent, conservative message and principles. There are rank-and-file conservatives that are capable, but they are relegated to being foot soldiers, while the "establishment" Republican leadership limply gets rolled over by the hard-core leftists of the Democrat Party.
GOP Leadership Is Flaccid
Social and Economic Issues
One challenge is that the future GOP are going to need to be teachers as well as politicians, The 2012 election is a glaring example of how ignorant a large portion of the electorate is on many of the issues that are out there. The Democrats were able to get away with a campaign of smears and lies precisely because of this ignorance. The whole war on women meme was driven by outright lies! "Republicans want to deny you contraception". "Romney will overturn Roe v. Wade." The fact is that Romney and the Republicans couldn't do either. The contraception issue was settled in the 1972 case of Eisenstadt vs. Baird. Both are settled law. Romney could no more deny women contraception or abortion than he could walk on water. But this didn't matter. There was literally no one on the Republican side to make this rather simple case: The contraception issue was not to deny women the right to contraception, but whether other people should be required to pay for the sexual behavior of others.
The left has been able to smear the GOP as being anti-"Immigration". Yet no one, no one(!), from the GOP challenges the Democrats on the fact that the issue is not about "immigration", but IS about allowing individuals to enter the U.S. "illegally", and at will. The Democrats have been able to steer the debate as an "anti-Latino" issue, when in fact it is a law and order issue, as well as a national security issue. It is well known at this time that jihadist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah are exploiting the lax security at our southern border to move people across, and that it is only a matter of time before many of the major drug cartels savagery spills across the border into California, Texas, and the other border states. Some of it already has. Even though over one-third of Americans believe that securing the border is more important than "comprehensive reform", John Boehner is already out there talking about comprehensive reform, and how to work with the Democrats to make it happen. And he thinks this will get Latinos to come to the GOP? It won't. History proves it. What is going to get any group to the party is to bring them together around common ground and a common message. We know that the Dems are going to try to keep the country divided along every line that they can. The challenge for conservatives is show how their individual success is intimately intertwined with the success of the nation as a whole. There are many successful people today because of the likes of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Ray Kroc, and countless others. Because of Berry Gordy and Motown, many others became successful beyond their wildest dreams. Success needs to be celebrated, not demonized. Yet there are few on the conservative side who are out there trumpeting success. Worse, the GOP leadership is more likely to try to find common ground with the Dems in punishing success to make them seem "compassionate".
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BREITBART/JUDICIAL WATCH POLL: A WARNING AGAINST COMPROMISE
The Breitbart News Network/Judicial Watch post-election survey released today is a warning to those who have argued, in the wake of the 2012 election, that the way for the Republican Party to broaden its appeal is to compromise on core principles of limited government and the rule of law.