This is all good, but it faces a terrible obstacle: the desire of elected Republicans for "good press."
This is especially a problem in the House of Representatives, whose members face re-election every two years. Just about the only way they can get even a judicious nod from their regional press organs is to vote to the left of the GOP's nominal platform. It's an effect that will become ever more important as the Left marshals more and more of its activists to the task of taking back the House.
Courage of conviction would help...but who, among our elected Republicans, has demonstrated any of that lately?