who are the ones the republicans looked to to motivate the base in 2000,2002, and 2004?
It was the same 'elitists' they are now condeming.
Their influence goes beyond their home states. Such a comment is ridiculous.
The administration and the party powers are cutting off their own noses. They'll come back to these 'elitists', hat in hand, when they need their support in whipping the base back up.
Not if they've lost their audiences.