We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Everybody's probably sick of reading pontifications about the election, but I think Ponnuru's The Party’s Problem is worth a glance. Here's a quote (my bolds):
The Republican story about how societies prosper — not just the Romney story — dwelt on the heroic entrepreneur stifled by taxes and regulations: an important story with which most people do not identify. The ordinary person does not see himself as a great innovator. He, or she, is trying to make a living and support or maybe start a family. A conservative reform of our health-care system and tax code, among other institutions, might help with these goals. About this person, however, Republicans have had little to say.
In the days since the election, Republicans have received (and given one another) a lot of advice: Step up the ground game. Soften on immigration and abortion. Embrace same-sex marriage. Appeal more to single women, Hispanics, and young people. Run the younger, more charismatic candidates Republicans have waiting in the wings. Some of this advice is good, and some of it bad. But the weakness of the Republican party predates the emergence of same-sex marriage as an issue, the development of Democratic micro-targeting strategies, and the growth of the Hispanic vote. And wasn’t Josh Mandel, the losing Ohio Senate candidate, supposed to be one of those great young conservative hopes? However much charisma and brains the next crop of Republicans brings to their campaigns, they need a stronger party.
The perception that the Republican party serves the interests only of the rich underlies all the demographic weaknesses that get discussed in narrower terms.
1) Talk about how both sides agree abortion should be 'legal but rare.' We can never win the argument on rape/incest/life of the mother. Give it up. I think, though, that many liberals can agree that abortion is a sad, but inevitable thing for some. Talk about ways we should be protecting women in the abortion arena (i.e. can't we agree that teen girls should be protected from adult men who use them and push them into abortions?)
2) Don't be afraid to be specific about your ideas for taxes. I think Romney should have talked openly about which loopholes he would close. Most people don't get the tax code and don't know what these 'loopholes' are. Holding on to that information only made Romney look suspect.
3) Point out all the waste you would cut from the budget. Grab that Pig Book they put out every year and mention all of these things over and over. No matter what department. I think it was a huge mistake for Romney to point out PBS as a problem...when there are plenty of obscure programs he could've chosen. Not to mention the GSA spending scandal, among others, that never came to light during the election.
This is just an opener. I could go on and on. I say go small. Think about the little guy and what he knows about our country. Those are the people who win elections.
The average American described here is, however, a TAX PAYER, and keeping taxes reasonable while getting a good return for our tax dollars should absolutely resonate. Who wants to see their hard earned money get wasted?
The logic here escapes me. We have a majority of people, right now in this country, who seem to agree with the dem party. The republicans want to make their party exactly like the dems to attract voters. WHY would people leave the party they identify with and have grown comfortable with over many decades, for a republican party that is just like the dem party?