Wednesday, November 07, 2012

reaching out for empty victories

Since the election, I keep reading posts where Republicans say they need to "reach out" to some group or other if they ever want to win the presidency in the future. But is winning really the point? What about doing what is right? Should Republicans give up the rule of law (at least in the area of immigration law) in order to woo Hispanic voters? But if Republicans aren't for the rule of law, what good are they? Should they give up on the right of unborn children to life in order to woo single women? But if Republicans aren't for the fundamental right to life, what good are they? Should they endorse special privileges for blacks like Democrats do in order to woo black voters? But if Republicans aren't for racial equality, what good are they?

I can see the value of compromising on some principles in order to advance others. I don't have a really huge problem with the way that social conservatives have found common cause with fiscal conservatives and libertarians, for example, even though those two groups tend to favor the forces of cultural decay (not to mention the murder of innocents), but you have to draw the line somewhere. After all, what is the point of winning an election if you elect people who aren't going to do the job that you want them to do?

2 comments:

Marcel said...

This is the David Brooks approach - if the Republicans would only nominate Hilary Clinton she could build a coalition with the moderates, and maybe even attract the Reagan Democrats. Then the Republican nominee would win, woo hoo. It seems like it would be easier for Brooks to just go join the Democratic Party. Romney was about the most liberal Republican who could have been nominated. If he'd won, it would be him raising taxes in January instead of Obama (and Boehner.)

Foxfier said...

The really funny thing? I've seen folks arguing that because "social conservatives didn't show up," this is proof that we need to actually remove social issues from the party instead of just ignoring them like we did this time....