It's not helping the GOP that some of its conservative leaders are acting thoroughly intimidated.
On the Feb. 10 "Meet the Press," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the Republicans needed to "connect our conservative principles with helping people and making their life work again." This only invited NBC anchor David Gregory to interrupt. "But Leader, it's core beliefs. ... There are core beliefs of the Republican Party that the polls show were rejected by a national electorate that you want to try to recapture some of if you're going to get to become a national party."
This is what they're transparently trying to do: remove any obstacles to the Obama agenda by remaking the GOP into a 1970s-style Me-Too Republican Party.
Gregory claimed the Republicans are in danger because 2012 exit polls (conducted for the liberal TV networks) showed that "60 percent said income tax rates should either go up on all Americans or those with incomes above $250,000, 59 percent said abortion should be legal in all or most cases, and 65 percent favored giving illegal immigrants a path to a legal status."
Notice the games they're playing here. Saying there is 60 percent support for raising taxes for all and just for those over $250,000 blurs two very different positions. Saying there is 59 percent support for abortion in all or most cases again is two different positions -- and omits that a majority of Americans now call themselves "pro-life." And giving illegal immigrants a path to legal status is not citizenship.
Let's look at it another way. Obama and the Democrats want everyone's taxes raised. They want 100 percent federally funded abortions until the moment of birth. They want citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. This is not what the vast majority of Americans believe. So which party is out of sync?
And surprise, surprise, there are the exit poll questions themselves. Take immigration, where they asked this either-or question: Should illegal immigrants "working in the United States" be "offered a chance to apply for legal status" or simply "deported to the country where they came from"?