Do you have a viable strategy to get to fifty one?
I agree that sometimes conservatives expect a candidate to be with them on every detail, not only of principle but of strategy, and are unwilling to examine the issues in depth and seriously discuss them. There’s way too much slogneering in the GOP right.
However, when we have elected GOPers who are nothing but Dems in disguise, even if we technically have a majority, this hasn’t helped us because the very liberal GOPers often vote with the Dems. Electing “mavericks,” that is, GOPers in very light GOP disguise who then thrill the Dems by siding with them or attacking conservatives, has never worked and never helped us.
I think we need to have candidates who at least are conservative in principle, and I mean on social issues as well, if we’re going to offer an option and even get them elected in the first place.
Increasingly, people have wondered why they should vote for a fake Dem (a RINO candidate) when they could vote for the real thing, a registered Dem, and this has cost us many elections.
So while it’s true that sometimes people hold up themselves and their every opinion and slogan as the standard of purity, to the point that they won’t even discuss the positions of the candidates on issues unless it is 100% their own, there has to be a limit beyond which one is not a Republican and should consider openly running as a Dem.
I think Romney has passed that limit, and that’s one of the reasons people didn’t vote for him last time around.