Astute analytical skills aren’t necessary to understand the GOP’s route to its next defeat in 2016.
GOP spokespersons, analysts, experts, pundits, consultants…all much smarter than we mere mortals…are clearly marking the trail, an insightful new path through the wilderness of defeat to the glory days of yesteryear; you remember: Bush 41’s second campaign, Bob Dole, John McCain and, most recent, Mitt Romney. And, the strategy was so brilliantly successful, it’s being doubled down upon.
The GOP elite’s slightly veiled disgust of conservatives has come out of the closet. It’s apparent the GOP will not continue its faux-conservative charade…but will continue to assume it will get our votes because the alternative stinks. The party’s wizards believe they can win without us and are brazen enough to tell us so…but they still will want our votes.
The GOP number crunchers have been busy. Demographic trends, census data, and, of course, the last election’s results are leading to what seems an increasingly common conclusion: “We’re outnumbered; there aren’t enough ‘makers’ to elect us so we’re going after the ‘takers.’”
And, sadly, the young GOP aspirants for high elective office are indicating the same thing. Check out Bobby Jindal’s recent comments. Surprising and disappointing. Marco Rubio, who personifies the classic American success story, in remarks in Iowa, is closing in on Jindal’s stance.
Romney was excoriated for his ‘47%’ comment before the election, then by his ‘gifts’ comment afterwards. Jindal, Rubio and the GOP are straining their hamstrings running away from Romney, more specifically, from the truth of his statements.
But, facts are facts, and the facts are becoming the 800 pound elephant in GOP parlors. For a list of reasons far too lengthy and complex to address in this commentary, a majority of the electorate, as expressed by their votes, are far more desirous of government-provided ‘stuff’ than the personal and financial liberty to provide for themselves.
The GOP’s intellectual and verbal gymnastics over the next four years should be something to behold…note I left out the old-fashioned and outdated concepts of values and integrity. But, politicians have long possessed the gifts of rationalization and verbal alacrity to weasel their way around their consciences…if they ever had one.
But, how can the GOP rationalize ‘cradle-to-grave’ dependency coexisting within a capitalist system? What appeal will they offer the ‘makers’ who are paying the bills? And, in their new found ‘kinder-and-gentler’ mode, how will the GOP tap dance around social, gun rights and immigration issues?
There is no way to forecast the future, but when a political party strays from the values of its traditional supporters, it runs a huge risk. Straddling the fence can inflict great pain. Trying to please everyone pleases no one.
The demographic implications guiding the GOP these days best be given another look. All conservatives will not die before 2016, nor will we abandon our principles. And, we will not vote for a party that chooses to be nothing more than ‘progressive-lite.’
Who we will vote for? Not quite sure yet…depends on the options available in 2016.
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