Another rule that SE misses is that we have to stop trying to be Dem-lite. We have to stop nominating GOP from deep blue states like we did with Romney.
Romney was a good guy but he wasn't conservative. He could not even articulate it well. He was apologetic for his success, almost sorry that he earned money.
We have natural allies with Libertarians. We have to stop attacking them as Losertarians and kooks when they bring up their favorite candidate Ron Paul.
Here is Colorado I had my college kid and his friends listen to Hewitt berate a Ron Paul supporter and basically called him a fool and an idiot. My kid's friend turned to me and asked why he should vote for a party where he is called an idiot.