Americans Turned Off By the GOP… But Moving To Their States in Droves

movingLast week, the Washington Post ran an interesting piece by pollster Andrew Kohut, former president of both the Pew Research Center and the Gallup Organization. The column, entitled “The Numbers Prove It: The GOP Is Estranged From America”, cites a recent Pew poll showing that the Republican Party’s public approval rating  now stands at a 20-year low.

Kohut blames the influence of “hard-line elements” within the party for promoting too rigid of a stance on political issues, thus narrowing the diversity of opinions within the GOP, and diminishing the party’s overall appeal to the electorate.

Whether or not you agree with his analysis, the numbers suggest that he’s at least correct from a public perception standpoint. 62% of poll-takers feel that the Republican party is “out of touch with the American people” and 52% said the party is “too extreme”.

None of this should come as much of a surprise. Ever since the GOP’s huge gains in the 2010 mid-term elections, there’s been a concentrated, successful effort by the Democratic Party and the mainstream media to portray Republicans as the party of extremists, and thanks to people like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, it’s been easier than it should have been.

Conservatives like myself can complain about the unfairness of it all, and we wouldn’t be wrong. After all, without a media firmly in the tank for President Obama and the Democratic party, the extreme makeover strategy would have never worked. But that doesn’t change the reality of the situation. The Republican Party just isn’t liked right now.

What’s pretty fascinating, however, is that while Americans are turned off by the Republican party, they sure aren’t turned off by the results of Republican governance.

A column by Arthur B. Laffer and Stephen Moore this week in the Wall Street Journal details the increased migration of Americans from blue states to red states.

As the column points out, new Census Bureau data on metropolitan areas show that the South and Sunbelt regions of the country continue to grow, while the Northeast and Midwest regions continue to shrink.

The data shows that the ten fastest-growing areas last year included Raleigh, Austin, Las Vegas, Orlando, Charlotte, Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio and Dallas – all of which are in low-tax red states. On the other hand, high-tax blue-state cities including Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo, Providence, and Rochester lost the most residents.

As Laffer and Moore point out, the migration is not accidental. The areas with the most population growth have been following the Reagan-era economic model of lowering tax rates and easing regulations, thus creating a more business-friendly environment. They also have right-to-work laws that have been drawing in businesses to set up shop there, and have expanded oil and gas drilling which has created a plethora new jobs and a sharp increase in tax revenue.

Keep in mind that these are the very economic policies that the Democratic party has successfully convinced much of the electorate are not only “too extreme”, but also unfair and harmful to the economy.

Conversely, the areas losing the most people are implementing President Obama’s economic policies of raising taxes on businesses and wealthy people (to fund government projects and maintain union power), and increasing regulations on energy sectors and numerous other industries.

In other words, Americans may not have the stomach for those “extreme”, “out of touch” Republicans, but they’re pursuing prosperity under their “extreme”, “out of touch” policies.

This is counter to the way the country feels about President Obama. Most Americans like him personally, but his policies and views are far less popular.

What does all of this mean?

I think it divulges more than just additional evidence of the wide gap between perception and reality that exists in this country. I also think it offers some hope to the Republican party that they can repair their image problem by demonstrating that action speaks louder than words.

One has to only look as far as Republican governors Scott Walker, John Kasich, and Chris Christie for proof. Thanks, in part, to the Tea Party movement of 2010, all three men came into power not in red states, but in blue states. All three were portrayed as “out of touch” and “extreme”. All three had to deal with state-wide, catastrophic economic situations that they inherited from their big spending, liberal predecessors. All immediately pursued squarely conservative economic policies, despite meeting fierce resistance every step of the way from very powerful groups within their states. Most importantly, all three have demonstrated significant success with those policies in fixing their states’ economic problems.

Voters have noticed.

Walker survived a heated recall election that few believed he would, winning by a wider margin than he did in 2010. Kasich is currently enjoying his highest approval rating since taking office. Christie has the highest approval rating of any governor in the United States. Again, these three are Republicans in blue states.

President Obama and the Democratic party have an adoring national media promoting and protecting them. That’s obviously a huge advantage when it comes to public perception. But what they don’t have is demonstrable success on the issue Americans still say is the most important to them: The economy.

As the red states and the Republican governors continue to dramatically out-perform their Democratic counterparts on the economy, the Republican Party has a prime opportunity to promote those achievements as a real-time alternative to Obamanomics. I emphasize the term “real-time” because, as we learned from the 2012 election, Americans aren’t paying much attention to history or reason right now. They need to be slapped in the face with something tangible and current. And if statistics aren’t enough to do the trick, how about a little bit of envy?

If “envy” is as powerful of a political weapon today as it was during President Obama’s re-election campaign, maybe it’s time for the Republicans to create a campaign of their own that stirs the pot. Instead of stoking envy between social classes, however, how about doing it between constituencies in neighboring states? That way, people struggling under Democratic governorship could be reminded of just how better off they could be right now if they had voted differently… and how much better things could get if they vote differently the next time.

It’s hard to say if that specific tactic would work, but I doubt proven results at the state level could be effectively marginalized by the Democrats as being “too extreme”.

Author Bio:

John Daly couldn't have cared less about world events and politics until the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks changed his perspective. Since then, he's been deeply engaged in the news of the day with a particular interest in how that news is presented. Realizing the importance of the media in a free, democratic society, John has long felt compelled to identify media injustices when he sees them. With a B.S. in Business Administration (Computer Information Systems), and a 16 year background in software and web development, John has found that his real passion is for writing. He is the author of the Sean Coleman Thriller series, which is available through all major retailers. John lives in Northern Colorado with his wife and two children. Like John on Facebook. Follow John on Twitter.
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  • Brian

    Democrats favor marriages between two men or between two women. Republicans oppose such marriages on the grounds that such alliances are absurd and contrary to normal human nature. And you think it’s the Republicans who are extremists? Where is your home galaxy?

  • FloridaJim

    Conservatives have a winning message-small government, low taxes, excellent schools, union-free workplace, wealth based on oil and gas resources[like the rest of the world],freedom, follow the constitution, dismiss all law breakers in congress and Presidential administration, balanced budget, legal immigration, term limits, et al we simply need a powerful spokesman. Against us is an inexperienced community organizer who has lived off the largesse of others all his life and hates America. Our opponent lies daily and should be confronted daily. All we offered against this dolt was another dolt too much of a gentleman to confront anyone or Benghazi. If we lose the House in 2014 we will never become a power in politics and America, the country we love, will sink into the slime of Marxism.

  • alegalcitizen

    owebama is probably sending his amigo friends to the Republican led states to finish us off!

  • Ben1916

    Republican governors have proven effective unlike the Republican house members. Having Paul Ryan’s budget call for the repeal of Obamacare is a waste of time. They have put forth this bill over 30 times. You have made your ideological point. Now stop wasting time and focus on measures that can get passed. The senate is just as much to blame by passing a non starter budget that will never pass the house. Bottom line is if Republicans want to get back control of the government they need to show they are effective not just obstructionists. I’m not saying give up their principles. You can still try to strike down Obamacare but focus on getting specific cuts in social programs that have bipartisan support.

  • Kris

    You must be joking! Where do you get your information? I realize that liberal site make stuff up but this borders on insanity. I would be remiss in not pointing out that the KKK is firmly embedded in the Democrat party. Please let all those that think like you to stay far far away from the red states as much as possible. Let us live our lives without your liberal agenda sticking its nose into every area of our lives. Please- stay right where you are!

    • John Daly

      I never cease to be amazed by how the angriest responses I get to my columns have absolutely nothing to do with anything I wrote.

      For some reason, people like him view these outlets as sounding boards for venting their emotional problems.

  • sjangers

    There may be opportunity for the GOP as people recognize the positive effects of Republican economic policies in high-growth regions, but there is also a real danger, John. The people who are moving to red states, after living for years in places where the political climate has been overwhelmingly blue, may not always vote in their economic best interest if they’re already conditioned to identify politically with social and cultural issues first. I’ve seen something similar happen.

    Starting in the 1960s, Vermont- which had been a reliably Republican state for decades, in a moderate live-and-let-live fashion- started to see an influx of people from other states who were attracted to the natural beauty of our environment and to our way of life. Once here, those people became convinced that they could make our state even better (well, to be fair, they were probably convinced of this long before they moved here). So they invited a lot of friends who shared their views to come join them in the scenic Green Mountains and help us all change for the better. And as anyone who follows national politics knows, Vermont has gone from one of the most reliably Republican states in the nation to one of the most reliably Democratic states in less than fifty years. Vermont natives are still trying to find ways to express our gratitude to our new neighbors and benefactors.

    The problem is, whatever the reasons for demographic shifts, the outcome may not always be what our logic insists it should be. People moving to Texas, Florida, Arizona or other growing red states may not abandon their New York, Massachusetts or Illinois social values when they arrive. And those values may dictate how they and their children vote in the future, despite the fact that we know Democratic politicians aren’t going to sustain the economic policies that are bringing those people to red states in the first place.

    The challenge for Republicans and conservatives in these growing states will be to find ways to encourage immigrants to embrace our sound economic policies without turning them away with social and cultural policies that they find threatening. However our social conservatives might feel about their issues, we need to be careful how we represent them in the public arena when many voters are telling us that they just aren’t comfortable with positions that they find extreme.

    We either need to change voter opinions about those positions or be ready to accept the idea that they shouldn’t be the focus of our electoral appeals. Because however “right” our social conservatives may be in their positions, it isn’t going to do any of us a bit of good if those positions turn off arriving voters in Texas, Georgia, North Carolina or Arizona. Because if those states start to consistently send Democratic Congressmen and Senators to Washington- and representatives to the Electoral College- for the next twenty years, it really isn’t going to matter whether or not the Republican Party is putting forward candidates whose positions are great or merely good. The people who will be in Washington making and enforcing laws are going to have an entirely different agenda.

    • John Daly

      I think you’re right that about that. I live in Colorado where scores of Californians have relocated after they ruined their old state. I think they’re a big part of the reason we’ve finally become a blue state.

      • sjangers

        I started thinking about relocating to Colorado years ago, after it became pretty clear that Vermont wasn’t likely to turn around in my lifetime. But even from a distance I was getting the vibe that your state was also changing, and perhaps not for the better. You have my sympathy, John. And the good news is that I won’t be moving there and driving down property values, so at least you’ve got that going for you.

        • John Daly

          lol. I’d welcome more people like you with open arms, believe me.

  • Kris

    My biggest problem with this migration is this: they bring their crappy attitudes with them!! The very attitudes that ruined the place they left! It won’t be long before enough crappy attitudes move to good places and ruin them too!!

    • John Daly

      I can live with the attitudes. Their voting habits on the other hand… Ugh.

  • kenijon

    as a concervative person I want someone like myself running for office, but I get a–holes who cave in right away to Obama’s crap, is there anyone with balls out there ,, only Rubio has class the rest seem like sheep and the democrats hold together ,,its shamefull to have people like McCain who side with the enemy.. . . and listen to my word ENEMY as its how they see us. wakeup and see our country sliding into the socialist world, where they are stealing our wealth…..and programming our children, turning them into dummys…

  • Mr.D

    Balderdash! Where to start?

    First of all, anything written or said by Stephen Moore should be discounted, which I guess means anything you say should be discounted. Forget I said that. I’m here to reason with the Bubble.

    As for what Moore and Pew said, what a surprise! People are moving, just like they always have from the cold rust belt to the sunny warm sunbelt. If you must see a trend in this, how about, maybe, just maybe cold manufacturing states, because. thanks to the Republican blockade of congress, jobs are scarce in those states are moving to so-called red states. The good thing is migrants from blue states are more likely to vote Democrat than GOP thus expediting the inevitable blue-fication of these already purple states. The fact is Nevada is already Blue. North Carolina and Florida,are purple leaning blue and Arizona and Texas are purple leaning red.but expected to turn blue in 2016 or 2020.

    In case you’re not to good at math. when that happens, The GOP will become an irrelevant regional party, only able to compete in the low population Deep South and plains states. The Elephants in Africa, are endangered and now the Elephants in America are endangered. .

    One more thing. I live in Arizona. It’s policies are terrible for businesses. They even charge a sales tax on new homes. Does your state do that? What’s more each city charges its own sales tax. Is that conservatism? Fact is there is nothing bad about Arizona except the politics. Now that I think about it with all the crazy governors and politicians we’ve had, Arizona is like a microcosm of the Republican Party, which BTW, I used to belong to. It’s not to late to change your colors John Daly.

    • Lc Goodfellow

      “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” –M. L. King
      ARE YOU KEEPING SCORE ? I have, this is what the record show’s.
      Congressional Control: for 62 years
      U.S. House: 1951-2013, Rep. 9 times, Dem. 22 times. Two year terms
      U.S. Senate: 1951-2013, Rep. 10 times, Dem. 23 times. Six year terms
      Need help with the math?
      How did we ever get to where we are today?
      Count it over!

      • Mr.D

        You don’t live on BULLSHIT MOUNTAIN do you? I don’t recall talking about the past. If you want to talk about the past, how about the recent past where the GOP President & congress took us into two unfunded wars (one on fraudulent information) for four trillion ultimate cost, two tax cuts which added two trillion to the debt and a prescription giveaway to big pharma for 600 Billion, plus interest on said debt and interest on the interest for perpetuity. Bush’s cost to the taxpayer so far over eight trillion and counting. Obama’s (The stingiest President since Eisenhower) cost to taxpayer.1.5 trillion including 800 billion to keep Bush policies from tanking the country All other deficits in Obama administration are a direct interest on debt from Bush and previous administrations. And you conservatives didn’t utter a peep as your president and congress took us on a spending spree like the world has never seen.

        As for the future you can spout old irrelevant facts and figures and misinformation til the cows come home it isn’t going to change the fact that by 2020 the Republican Brand will be toast. In fact I expect the GOP to split into two separate factions. GOP Lite and GOP Extreme

  • sheila0405

    Wow, common sense and a reasoned, well articulated argument. Is the American population ready for this?

    • John Daly

      Thanks. I think they can be compelled to care, but it won’t be easy.

  • DOOM161

    You have to look at what questions the polls are asking in order to label the GOP to extreme. If a pollster asked me, I would gladly tell him that the GOP is far too liberal and should stop trying to emulate the democrats.

  • JohnInMA

    Funny how poll numbers seem to reflect media themes……And funny how those poll numbers don’t translate to local elections very well, even though they may have some relationship to national election results.

    I don’t have it at my fingertips, but I recall recent press about polling that showed many of the “Republican” ideas such as smaller government, and ‘leave me alone’ kinds of policies are quite popular until you attach the party label to them. Obviously (to me), the issues are more linked to image and the overwhelming unity within the media to perpetuate it, following the unspoken direction of the opposing party. It’s the basic reason why the Todd Akin’s stand out so prominently – they become the media poster children. Let’s be honest, he said something scientifically and politically stupid, which could have otherwise been reversed had it not become the theme song for the War On Women campaign.

    I compare politics, and especially political strategy, to high school culture. Oddly, we never ‘graduate’. So, while the GOP has many ‘kids’ who might otherwise be more popular because of ideas, they are still grouped with the ‘uncool’ kids. If the party can ever figure that one out, maybe one day future scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, etc. may have a chance of being ‘cool in school’ and maybe even one day becoming the trendsetters….(my best effort at a morning funny analogy).

    But even more sadly, political maturity simply means that you shift from crying “nerds” or “geeks”, or whatever, to crying more derogatory epithets like “racist”, “homophobe”, etc. It will be a long battle with one side fully manned (media and entertainment) and the other ‘uncool’.

    • John Daly

      Good point about the media using Todd Akin as a poster-child for the Republican party, despite Akin not being able to find any allies within the party after those comments. The media always makes the GOP own their nuts, while they go out of their way not to mention the party affiliation of Democrats who say controversial things and are part of scandals.

      Why didn’t the media make Anthony Weiner the face of the Democratic Party? Why not Blago or Jim McGreevey?

      It’s a pretty blatant form of media bias.

      • JohnInMA

        It’s not hard to find examples of media bias as long as you are not a committed ideologue (on the left). But in the case if Weiner, I’m not so sure many on the left (including most who decide what to cover in media reporting, also) consider Weiner’s action so bad. For many I suspect they tell themselves, “It’s a private matter between he and his wife…” They pounce on conservatives and non-Dems simply because they choose to make it a matter of hypocrisy versus a true morality issue. Even when they ‘claim’ it is naturally a news item (the hypocrisy), the truth is they willfully make it so.

        With Blago, perhaps he just looks like “more of the same” for IL and Chicago politics.

        McGreevey? I’m not familiar with all the details, but could it also be a matter of “more of the same” but with a gay twist??? I don’t know. Hey, what’s the big deal about a sexual trist? (perhaps their view)

        For me the real test comes with NJ Sen. Menendez as the federal investigation unfolds. Ignoring the more salacious parts which are so far unsubstantiated, the alleged ‘pay to play’ scheme could be one of the biggest in a long time in terms of money transferred both ways. Since the media runs with the new mantra about the nexus of business (money) and politics, can they avoid associating Menendez with the party? I’m not saying there isn’t merit in the issue of the nexus, I’m just highlighting that most media outlets have danced on the fringe of the issue for as long as I can remember, but now are heavily focused on it. Potentially there will be no better poster child than Menendez, depending on how it unravels.

      • Ben1916

        When Mitt Romney campaigned for Akin and gave to his reelection fund I don’t think you can say he had no allies in his party.

        • John Daly

          Wrong and wrong. Romney did not campaign for Akin, and he was one of the first people to condemn his controversial remark. Google is your friend. Please use it.

  • John Daly

    Any comments regarding my column, or are you just working out some mommy and daddy issues?

    • I Hate Fascists

      “…thanks to people like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, it’s been easier than it should have been”. This is in your column. Did you write it or did Mommy and Daddy write it for you?

      It is largely foreign born residents that are migrating to red states. Charlotte is #5 in population growth of foreign born residents in the past decade, Raleigh #7, Orlando #8, Austin #11. No doubt your White Supremacist bretheren are jumping for joy over that. As for native born Americans, your hypothesis that they are flocking to red states because they prefer say, Texas, which has the highest number of residents without health insurance, to say, Massachusetts where health care is available to almost everyone, is highly questionable. Also that they would prefer “right to work for less” states kind of contradicts your other theory that the 2012 election was decided on the basis of which party provided more “free stuff”. As for Walker and Kasich, where would Wisconsin and Ohio be without the Obama Auto Bailout?

      Anyway, imagine if this migration has the effect of turning these Red States into … BLUE STATES!!! And your stranglehold on the House down the drain! That would be a shame, wouldn’t it?

      • John Daly

        Wow. So let me get this straight…

        I reference Akin and Mourdock’s idiotic sex-related comments, and somehow you think going off on some nonsensical tirade about the KKK, Nazis, and foreign immigrants somehow applies to anything I wrote or even think?

        You throw out these wild, crack-pot charges of racism at me because I write an economic column that has nothing do with race?

        Then… you claim that I hold even more positions that I don’t, before attacking those positions and claiming that you’re right and I’m wrong when you don’t even know what my actual views are.

        We’ve been through this game before, kid… and it’s clear you’re in desperate need of some counseling, and probably a little bit of love. I’m sorry, but I just can’t help you with that. There are resources out there for that type of thing. Instead of wasting your time here, please seek them out.

        You don’t even have to thank me for that advice. Just heal.

        • I Hate Fascists

          I responded to your asinine regurgitation of Laffer and Moore’s equally asinine “economic column”, as well as your backhanded slap at Akin and Mourdock. Spare me your phony outrage. You are not talking to one of your dumb cult followers. You don’t like being conflated with the Tea Party and the KKK? You delighted in using that same argument to link Obama with Jeremiah Wright.

          And yeah, I do know your actual views. You want to hear some?

          “Isn’t it fascinating that the same people who are now complaining about racist elements in the Tea Party were tight-lipped when it came to the indisputable racist elements within Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church, of which Obama was a member?”

          “The most disheartening thing about Obama’s re-election is the reality that we invited this upon ourselves. We didn’t know the real Obama in 2008. He was the cult of personality. He was the guy with the million dollar smile. But we know him now. And by rewarding miserable failure with another four years in office, we’ve wagered American exceptionalism, American solvency, and the American dream on a guy who has proven that he doesn’t believe in any of those things.

          As Reverand Jeremiah Wright famously said, “Our chickens have come home to roost.” ”

          You’ve built yourself quite a little cult following. And you rather fancy yourself as the cult hero, preaching to your acolytes. Well kid, Homey don’t play that.

          • John Daly

            This is great. God bless you, man.

            Let’s go ahead and decipher your post, because you really are a fascinating fellow. Yeah, I know I shouldn’t really bother with this (apologies to the other readers), but you’ve made this just too much fun at this point…

            Your first response had nothing to do with my column. You know that. And you probably feel kind of embarrassed for getting called out on it by me (especially since this isn’t the first time), so you’re trying to figure out a way to save face. I understand. I probably would have done the same thing when I was much younger.

            Thus, you actually took the time (believe me, I’m flattered) to research quite a few of my earlier columns to find some material in order to back your assertion that I’m a racist.

            You couldn’t find any such material, so you moved to Plan B. You tried to find an example of me typing something similar to what YOU did (recklessly comparing people to the KKK and Nazis). Because, if you can do that, it won’t make you seem quite as bad for writing what you wrote.

            Sadly for you, you couldn’t find anything on that front either… but you didn’t let that detour you because you were desperate to really ‘stick it to me.’

            Thus, you cited a paragraph where I called out the double-standard of people’s selective charges of racism, and another where I referenced a famous line from Jeremiah Wright that had nothing to do with race. And then, you said, “Gotcha!”

            But you know you didn’t ‘get me’ because your argument makes absolutely no sense. It’s completely incoherent. But because you invested so much time in your little vendetta against me, you couldn’t help but follow through with posting it.

            Don’t get me wrong… I do appreciate that you think of me as a cult hero. I had no idea that I had a cult or that I’m a hero, but I think its sweet that you view me that way. I really do.

            At this point, I’d like to throw it back to you so you can take some sentence I wrote about foreign policy and cite it as evidence that I hate autistic children… or something equally nonsensical to that. Go ahead. You know you want to…

          • I Hate Fascists

            You say you were not trying to link Obama and Wright? Well they sure come up together in your columns a lot. Coincidence? I think not. Innuendo might be a better word for it. Like if you said “I am NOT repeat NOT linking Obama and Wright”. Like everyone knew when Obama spoke of “lipstick on a pig” that he was referring to Palin. Like when Gingrich and D’Souza spoke of “Obama’s Kenyan anti-colonial worldview [you know KENYA WHERE OBAMA WAS BORN!!!]. You didn’t like when I called you on your subliminal backhand slap at Akin and Mourdock, because it was supposed to go unnoticed, buried underneath your economic diatribe.

            You want some more?


            Here you start out whining about the media bias against Palin, from there you move onto Obama and Wright, the birther movement, then a disclaimer that you do not REPEAT DO NOT believe in the birther movement. Followed by a gratuitous shot at Elizabeth Warren and her heritage, where you claim she admitted fabricating it for personal gain (she did no such thing), then more Obama birther bullshit.

            Unlike you I am not trying to cultivate a cult following. That’s why I included the links to all the original text, so you can’t say I took you out of context, and so anyone can see for themselves and make up their own minds.

            By the way, you maybe happy (or not) to know there’s another right wing blogger named John Daly out there, who is even wackier than you are.

            Look, I’m not the one that labeled your party the Stupid Party or Stuffy Old Men. Your party needs a makeover? Well just keep on pushing trickledown economics, Creationism=Science, Science=Hell, Rape=Conception, Class Warfare, American Exceptionalism, Ryan Right Wing Social Engineering, no taxes, no regulations, dirty air, dirty water, Clean Coal. Put lipstick on a Fascist, you still have a Fascist. Tell that to Reince, Rover, Fido, or anyone else that needs to know.

            Why do I fascinate you so much? Because you know I’m on to your bullshit? Yeah I know bullshit when I see it. You keep writing bullshit and I will be up your butt like a gerbil every time. Count on that.

          • John Daly

            Good lord. lol. You’re clearly incapable of comprehending a single thing I write, huh? No wonder you’re so angry.

            It’s like everything you read is played backwards in your mind and filtered through some nonsensical chant where new meanings drip out in whispers.

            That’s why you feel totally at ease referencing my columns (that I stand 100% behind) and deriving bizarre meanings from them that just don’t exist. Do you really not see this when you re-read your previous posts? If not, ask a friend to read them and listen to what they tell you. I think you’ll be shocked to hear their thoughts.

            I get it. You hate conservatives. And because of that, any conservative viewpoint sends you into some deranged tizzy that won’t let you actually digest the viewpoint itself.

            I wasn’t joking about you needing to seek help. You really do. The fact that you’ve spent so much time Googling my name is pretty concrete proof of that.

            Find some happiness in your life… Seriously.

  • Chuck

    Nice article agian John. I think you are absolutely correct. The Republican Party needs to learn how to define themselves to the public instead of being defined by their opponents. But why are they so weak in being able to communicate their successes? And, why is it you rather than a Republican strategists/politicians pointing out Republican successes to the media? I understand it is a uphill battle with the media but are Republicans just not good politicians?

    • John Daly

      Thanks Chuck. Like I mentioned in the column, the media is a HUGE advantage for the Democrats – one that can never be underestimated. But you’re right in that the Republican Party stinks at public relations. They’re problem is that they overestimate the intelligence of the electorate, by assuming they understand basic budgetary concepts and proven formulas for growth. They don’t. Thus, they can’t figure out why lower taxes on job creators not only helps rich people but helps THEM as well. They can’t figure out why they should care about nearly $17 trillion in national debt, because they buy the inference by the Dems and the media that it’s something the ‘rich people’ can and should take care of.

      • Ken Espenschied

        Probably they stink the same way that a less than indulgent parent stinks to kids when they introduce common sense into a situation – particularly owe that involves buying toys, or going to an amusement park the fourth time in a given week. Popularity may speak more to the maturity of a demographic than it does to policy, or party. People who say “no” even when it’s justified, are often seen as mean. I wonder how much effect public relations can have on the aforementioned mind-set. I would agree, though, much can be done to reason with the folks who bought the media blitz against Romney, and sat home to let Obama and his party take the country. There’s no excuse for that.