Austin Bramwell, over at Frum Forum, makes a good point. While the Tea Party is certainly driving some energy into the Republican Party, it is also leading them towards long term disaster. He is referring to a must read post at the National Journal (sorry… link no longer works) that he finds some disagreement with.
I disagree with Rauch’s conclusion that to win over conservative independents, the GOP will need to adopt broadly unpopular anti-government policies. On the contrary, I think the data, properly understood, support the political case for a mix of policies that addresses (or, more importantly, for better or worse, is perceived to address) wage stagnation and the unhappy economic plight of the middle and working classes. That is, those conservative independents aren’t looking for extreme libertarian policies but rather a party that they feel they can trust.
Its more than just feelings. Some of these conservative independents are extremists that don’t think the Republican party is right wing enough, while many are moderates who think they’ve gone too far and become too monolithic and small tent. If the Republicans stay so monolithic, they can’t have both. They can however choose to be bigger tent, but that seems unlikely, at least in the short term.
They aren’t at all likely to see this until they see a series of losses, as the Tories did across the pond. (See my post about this HERE)
But if the Democrats continue to push harder left, as they seem intent on doing, the only thing that will bring it back from the edges is if the center organizes and rises up against both of them.
Read on at Frum Forum…