The test for the GOP now comes not from elected officials not being conservative enough, but more from an electorate that seems to be craving moderation from both sides of the political aisle. Clearly the Democrats' "class warfare" isn't working this year. And dislike for their adamant stand for Obamacare is losing a solid majority of American voters.
But Republicans, who continue to suffer from tepid support nationally as well, are struggling with the constant tug-of-war between the Chamber of Commerce crowd that yearns for corporate tax breaks and lax immigration laws, and conservatives who continue to want tougher laws with regard to immigration and an end to "corporate welfare." Neither of which appeals to younger voters.
In the future it may be necessary to gain votes not by simply saying "no" or shutting things down, but rather by opening things up. That would mean not only letting cattle graze of federal property where it isn't hurting people but also letting folks with permits carry protection into locations where, increasingly, those who should not be armed don't play by the rules and wreak havoc.
It might mean letting folks who think smoking pot is no more harmful than slugging down booze have at it in the privacy of their own homes. Not my thing, but I get the trend.
To truly be in touch with Americans who otherwise believe in lower taxes and less government, Republicans might just have to take that philosophy to many other aspects of life. That would mean less protection and inspection from government of entities such as banks and airlines, but less red tape and hassle from Government as well.
In order to gain public support for less government intrusion into our pocket books, the GOP may have to quit pushing for intrusion into other aspects of people's lives.
America might be moving from sipping hot tea to having a quick puff sooner than we think. And the GOP may need to "get the drift."