TNR: The Joe-the-Plumberization of the GOP

goplogosI have very little to add to Patrick Ruffini’s excellent take on CPAC this week :

In these serious times, conservatives need to get serious and ditch the gimmicks and the self-referential credentializing and talk to the entire country. If the average apolitical American walked into CPAC or any movement conservative gathering would they feel like they learned something new or that we presented a vision compelling to them in their daily lives? Or would it all be talk of a President from 25 years ago and Adam Smith lapel pins? This is why I love Newt’s emphasis on finding 80/20 issues and defining them in completely non-ideological terms.  We need to advance our ideas without ever once saying the word “conservative” or “Republican” in a speech. We need to define these ideas not as conservative, but as American. We need to be confident, like the left is, that we are the natural governing party because our ideas are in alignment with basic American principles, and quit treating middle class, working class, or rural Americans like an interest group to be mollified by symbolic, substance-free BS. 

Read it all — you’ll thank yourself for a wise decision five minutes from now.

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