The Littlest Soapbox

August 11, 2010

Stay On Message This November

Filed under: News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 9:59 AM

Via RealClearPolitics, Michael Tanner at National Review Online has a good piece reminding Republicans why they are projected to crush the Democrats in the coming election (taxes, health care, and deficit spending), and what are NOT reasons for the healthy lead in the polls (cultural issues like gay marriage and illegal immigration). His conclusion sums it up best.

If one needs a template for victory, Republicans need look no further than last year’s gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey. Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie did not run as culture warriors. Instead they won their upset victories on issues like jobs, the economy, and a commitment to limited government.

The polls are overwhelming. Those are the issues that voters care about, not whether two men in California get married. Republicans should focus on creating jobs, reducing spending, repealing Obamacare, and cutting the size of government — and leave the culture wars for another day.

Now, I do think that illegal immigration is a fiscal matter (if you don’t believe me, just ask California), and I don’t think making it one of the issues Republicans runs on this year is a losing proposition (the response to Arizona’s immigration enforcement law has been highly positive outside of the mainstream media), but it’s a good point nonetheless. No need to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by reverting to 2004’s “50% + 1” playbook when we can have a landslide build on the same issues that have spawned the tea party movement.

NB: Tanner didn’t say that Republicans should abandon the culture wars entirely, just that they can wait until another day. Indeed.

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