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If the Republicans had a brain ...
Posted by: McQ on Monday, June 30, 2008

They'd take these Gallup numbers to the bank.




The top two make a very strong case that pandering to voters with promises of expanded government isn't what they want to hear or see.

And look at the last one. There's your majority. Conservative Republicans, 47% of the independents and enough "blue dogs" to put Republicans over the top.

What is the GOP doing instead? Its usual job of sounding like Democrat-lite. If the GOP wants to energize its voters, it needs to start talking about less government, less intrusion and less spending again - but this time, the party has to mean it. And that means a actual executable plan to be implemented within the first 100 days if elected. An updated "Contract with America" which backs government intrusion down instead of continuing to expand it as it has in the last 8 years.

The winning majority awaits such action (not talk, action).
 
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The Republicans are pandering for air-time which they feel translates to votes, they aren’t appealing to voters directly.

Attention is something the media will give them under the right circumstances like pitching big government because it reinforces and/or validates the Democrat’s message and where the Left wants to go.
 
Written By: jpm100
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It is still frightening how many people think the government should ’do more to solve our countries problems’. I would like to have seen a follow up question asked along the lines of ’do you feel the government IS the problem’.
 
Written By: meagain
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I forget how many times I’ve pointed out that the GOP’s biggest victories in the last thirty years were when they stood up unabashedly for small government principles (Reagan, and the 1994 Congress takeover).

WHY DON’T THEY GET IT?

I thought these guys want to be elected! I thought they wanted to stay in the majority! WTF?!? Are they just stupid?

I really, really don’t get it. I understand that politicians are often not that bright to start with, and that they’ll pander at the drop of a hat. But how many lessons do Republicans need in what works and what doesn’t?
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Billy,

Its no fun to cut government programs. Its much more fun to have officials be obsequious to your power, show benevolence to certain groups, and to claim credit for helping people.
 
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