Hey, Rove and Armey were just trying to deliver a permanent Republican majority, and their polling told them that majorities of Americans favored stuff like Federal education spending and Medicare Part D.
Simply put, the Republican elite knew that a very large fraction of American voters — probably more than half — want more free stuff. One intractable problem is that when Republicans expand government when they control both the legislative and executive branches, many conservatives and libertarians who pay attention to reality don’t show up on the next election day. The other intractable problem is that anybody who wants free stuff and bothers to vote knows that the Democrats promise more of it.
So basically it puts so-called “Compassionate Conservatives” and RINOs in the political “No Man’ Land”. Why vote for Free Stuff-Lite when you can vote for the Full Monty?
You appear to be falling for the Rove trap, that is, take a poll, and then try and position your candidate or your party to agree with that poll, regardless of how misguided it is.
Reagan, Newt in the 90s, (Newt for a while in 2011) - the 2010 mid term agenda, was not about agreeing with polls. Those victories were about convincing voters we are right. There’s a huge difference. The Rove way fails.