I DON'T FALL IN LOVE with politicians – the last presidential candidate I voted for with ardor was Ronald Reagan in 1980 – and my heart doesn't break when those I support don't win. Nor am I a party loyalist. As a conservative I vote for Republicans more often than not; for those of us committed to free enterprise, limited government, military strength, and a healthy civil society, there is usually no better option. But the Republican Party isn't the conservative movement. And a GOP defeat doesn't mean conservatism – or the GOP, for that matter – is in crisis....
Conservatism as a whole, and the republican party (which are unfortunately not the same things today) have excellent messages. The problem is that there are very few who are good at communicating the message. We hear much about the democratic "machine", and I've yet to see a republican or conservative machine in place. A machine by definition is an entity in which all parts are working in unison toward the same goal. Until the republican party begins to truly coordinate at a national level, meaning, determine what should be said (and more importantly what should not be said) among their members so that everyone is saying the same thing all the time, the problems which plagued the last election cycle will continue to do so.
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