The Republican Party Looks to Losers to Tell Them How to Win

Let me say up front, I don’t have anything against Jon Huntsman, folks, and I’m not endorsing anybody. I’m not trying to send any kinda subliminal or other message that you ought to not like anybody at this stage in the Republican field. That’s not the point here. What’s going on is so predictable, and it’s frustrating as it can be. The reason why the media on both sides, the Drive-Bys and even the inside-the-Beltway conservative intelligentsia, there is this paranoid belief that independents do not like conservatives. It’s no more complicated than that. It is the belief that if Republicans are to get the votes of independents that they have to nominate a moderate.

Now, the elections of 2010 throw cold water on that theory. You know it as well as I know it. It’s BS. But it’s a holdover, it’s etched in stone, it’s political consultant 101. And the reason — you put two things together to understand this. If you are a political consultant and your objective, your job is to get somebody elected, then you automatically are going to believe that your work is made up of appealing to and persuading 20 to 25% of the voting population. The rule of thumb is that 40% of the voters are gonna go Democrat, 40% are going to go Republican, and the remaining 20%, the great undecideds who are smarter than everybody else, these are the wonderful moderates, the wonderful independents. You know, these people, you go to the library and you read all about ’em, you’ve seen the book, Great Moderates in American History. I’m sure you’ve seen that book. I’m sure you’ve seen Great Independents in American History. You’ve read those books, I’m certain.



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