Kurt  Schlichter

Start by promising you’ll back whoever wins the GOP nomination – yeah, even if it isn’t you. We’ve had it with huffy establishment types who take their ball and go home if they don’t nab the nom. That will tell us you’re in it for a cause greater than the glory of Chris Christie. We sure are.

Next, reach out to conservative leaders. Call up Rand Paul and suggest a beer summit. We’ll need to work together if we are going to prevent Clinton II: Revenge of Bubbaette.

The one thing we like about you is that you like to brawl. Here’s an idea – try brawling people who aren’t Republicans. Show us you are prepared to hit Hillary with harsh words the media will label “mean,” “sexist,” and probably “racist.”

Mitt Romney brought a hug to a gunfight. Are you tough enough to point out that a woman who allowed her tacky husband to publicly humiliate her isn’t tough enough to defend this country? Prove to us you aren’t one of those GOP wusses who thinks telling the truth about the liberals who are beating your brains out is somehow unseemly.

Reach out to us via talk radio. It’s baffling, but Republicans perceived as moderate avoid the “Big Ten” conservative radio shows like the plague. Hugh Hewitt, Sean Hannity and Rush – they’ll have you on in a heartbeat. We listen to these shows. You won’t reach us going on the mainstream media’s Sunday morning snorefests – judging from the commercials, you’re only talking to impotent men who need reverse mortgages.

We have big problems with Rubio on immigration, but we respected that he went on with conservative hosts and talked to us. Well, until we realized he was lying to us. Now he’s toast. Remember that when asking us to read your lips.

How should you talk to us? Show us respect. We are hardworking, loyal Americans – with a huge veteran contingent – who believe that their concerns are being overlooked by a bipartisan elite that is interested only in consolidating its power and position. Try not treating us like we’re crazy for opposing that.

Once you do all that, we can talk about how you need to change your stupid positions on guns and immigration. And you do need to, if you want to represent the party of freedom and the rule of law.

You have a shot at winning the nomination without us, but you won’t beat Hillary without us. It is on you to earn our support. You hugged Obama. Now you need to hug us.

Kurt Schlichter

Kurt Schlichter (Twitter: @KurtSchlichter) was personally recruited to write conservative commentary by Andrew Breitbart. He is a successful Los Angeles trial lawyer, a veteran with a masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, and a former stand-up comic.