Brooks is missing the point that there are now a lot of former Republicans who are calling themselves Independent until the GOP gets the message and completely retools.
In August, polling showed that a significant (election changing) percentage of otherwise apolitical Independents agreed-in-principle with the conservative/libertarian (small’c’ and small ‘l’) message of the Tea Party Movement....
The Bipartisan Washington Elite Establishment ignores this to its own peril....
I grew up in NC and moved to Va. When you register to vote in Va it’s as and independent. When I moved back to NC was so pissed @ the GOP for becoming Democrat lite and registered as and independent. I’m actually a conservative. Jesse Helms is my hero.
Yrp, Brooks always misses the point. He’s as delusional as any other NYTImens faux Conservative.
You seem unwilling to address the fact that “independents” were attracted to the Dems by a set of carefully constructed campaign lies by the Democrat Party Propaganda machine.
How quickly Mr Brooks you forget the 2008 promises of your idol Dear Reader i.e. “Tax cuts for 95% of Americans) “Most transparent Administration in History” “Energy Independence in 10 years) etc etc etc
What is the one thing the bulk of “Independents” consistently vote against? Fiscally irresponsible spending and corruption.
They fired Bush and the GOP based on the notion that they had become entranced in the corrupt practices of DC and were irresponsible with the people's money.
They hired Obama on the mistaken notion that he was going to ride into DC clean up the corruption (Most open administration in history) who would be a “post racial” president while giving “tax cuts to 95% of Americans”.
Slowly, because the “Independents” are sheep easily lead by the Junk Media, the “Independents” are waking up to the fact that Dear Reader is every bit as corrupt while being even more irresponsible with the Public Purse.
Independents are at heart conservatives in outlook. The recent Gallup poll validated that data.
A bold Conservative agenda that focuses on the traditional values of the USA (fiscal responsibility, open, honest, smaller Government, moral accountability in leadership, a principled strong national defense, while also presenting a serious rational approach for addressing such issues as Energy Independence, real health insurance reform, and lead by someone untainted by the inherent corruption of DC will attract them in droves to GOP candidates. It did last week in VA, in NJ, and it will in 2010
I’ll tell him what I want. I want a government that lives within its means.
To varying degrees substantial numbers of voters are schizophrenic. These voters often demand actions that are contradictory. For example, they demand more programs and then complain about government spending. Because the programs these voters demand often affect the rights of others who in turn look to lobbyists to present their views. Then those who demanded these new programs bellyache about lobbyists. Some people aren’t happy unless they have something to complain about.
No, that's not it. It wouldn't help if he did the same thing more slowly. It's what he's doing, not the speed at which it is being done.
The Terri Schiavo tragedy and intelligent design -- and how those matters were/are played by the dying media -- turned a lot of them away.
And now it's just starting to dimly dawn on some of them why you have to put principles first.