The NRSC has reduced itself to becoming the American Idol version of party politics. Who they are for or against boils down to who offers the broadest appeal. Problem is, who are they appealing to? Elections are won when one person gets more votes than the other, and people only vote when a candidate excites them. If the last two election cycles should have taught the NRSC anything, it is that we, the base and backbone of the party, aren’t excited.
Question, did anyone say “I am excited about John McCain” No. He offered a broad appeal put he didn’t actually stand for anything. Did anyone say, “I am excited about Sarah Palin”? You betcha! That is because Gov. Palin takes clear stands on important issues. She understands that leadership isn’t about winning a popularity contest, it is about leading.
The NRSC needs to learn from its mistakes. In the last two elections they got thumped because they didn’t offer Republicans a choice. They have asked us to vote for candidates who are either Democrats or sorta Democrats. In response, an unexcited electorate has stayed home.
It has been said that people vote for the guy they would like to drink a beer with. If you are a Republican, that still holds true. Democrats may sit around awestruck by the slick Sheppard who deigns to guide them to reason but conservatives favor the plain talker who tells them it how it is. If the NRSC really wants to win they need to get off their broad based butts and return to old fashioned telling it how it is. Will they turn off some voters? Who cares? They don’t vote anyway. But we do.