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Federalism Could be the Solution to GOP Branding Problem

Stuart95 Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 10:33 AM
Given that the Republicans could not muster enough votes to beat a really bad incumbent president, Goldberg's right - it's time to change the brand. Critical to that change is (a) defusing the traditional liberal demagogue subjects (abortion, gay rights, religion, affirmative action, etc.) and (b) opening the tent to recruit more voters. Unless the Republicans plan to lurch leftward, it is the libertarian-leaning voters who are most easily recruited. And as Goldberg points out, federalism is a good starting point to recruit those who think the federal government is getting to big for its britches. Let the states handle everything from Medicare to marijuana. Let the federal government protect the Constitution.

To understand why Republicans have a "branding problem," you first need to understand how the system is rigged against conservatives.

Such is the schizophrenic dysfunction of our politics: We constantly demand "conviction" politicians who will "do what's right" and then condemn them, often in the same breath, for being unwilling to put aside their conviction and their sense of what's right.

But such condemnation does not fall equally on conservatives and progressives alike. For the progressive's principle is, at its core, more. Do more. Spend more. Spend more doing more. Any compromise of progressive principle in this regard is seen as...