The Republican Party is dead, right?
Well, hold on a minute….
Once all the 2012 presidential votes were formally counted, the final numbers show that Obama received 3.6 million fewer votes than in 2008, and Romney received almost a million more votes than McCain did.
Romney lost 4 states totaling 64 electoral votes, by an aggregate of less than 430,000 votes — 1/3 of one percent of the national total. If he’d captured those four states (NH, FL, OH, VA), he’d be President.
Republicans picked up an additional governorship (NC) for a new total of 30 states. And even though the Democrats picked up 9 seats in the U.S. House, the Republicans retained solid control (233 to 200) after an election where EVERY HOUSE SEAT was put to a fresh vote by Americans.
So…NO, contrary to the gloating by liberal pundits for the last 2 months, obviously the Republican Party is not dead.
But we’ve got a dose of reality to swallow: Republicans didn’t win the presidency as we had confidently expected, and we lost ground in the House and Senate.
And significantly, here’s a point made by DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Nov 14th: “Take a good look when the house convenes, after this next Congress is sworn in, at what our [Democrat] side of the aisle looks like versus the Republican side of the aisle. They got whiter and more male. And we now have a majority minority and female Democratic caucus. First time in history. Pretty amazing.” Her smirk is nauseating, but her words are factual.
As French social philosopher Auguste Comte (1798-1857) is believed to have said: “Demography is destiny.”
Since the 2012 election, we’ve seen much written in newspapers, political websites and blogs about WHO the conservatives need to reach better. But I’m only just beginning to hear ideas about the much tougher part of the challenge: HOW do conservatives convince these demographic groups to stop voting for Democrats?
As I’ve written previously, conservative principles and practices are not easy to understand initially. They’re often counter-intuitive, and easily slandered by opponents. I believe this has resulted in an unwise attitude by conservatives that it’s futile to explain our principles to certain groups, so why bother trying? Well, the 2012 election results show why, now don’t they?
For two months I’ve seen conservative media pundits and bloggers saying “those voters apparently just want free stuff, and they don’t care what it does to the future of our country, for their children.”
But c’mon, conservatives…what do we really expect, if we don’t bother to reach out and connect with “those voters” ? Our instinctive individualism is getting in the way of the need to socialize our message. Here’s an example of how we might be misjudging “those voters”:
In politics, perception is reality. When we as conservatives talk, what WE MEAN isn’t the only important thing. What THEY THINK WE MEAN is just as important, if not more so. Political talk is full of double-meaning words, as I’ve described recently here.
So the theme I’m going to focus on for awhile here at NecessaryAndProperGovt is ideas for effectively communicating our conservative principles and practices to the heretofore liberal shoe-in voters. Call it Conservative Community Organizing.
If you have ideas along these lines, let’s hear them. I’ll share mine soon, along with some I’ve picked up from others.
For now, I challenge you to stop and think about this:
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15 Jan 2013 UPDATE: I was remiss in not stating forthrightly in the above article that I am definitely guilty of being the “pot calling the kettle black.” I have written and posted the following articles that “bitterly bitched” about the entrenched leftists, either seriously or in jest:
So I am certainly challenging myself to rethink the utility of articles like that too, and focus my efforts on more constructive offerings.