“Do we stand for principle?”
It’s what Sen. Ted Cruz asked the other day during an appearance before Tea Party regulars in South Carolina.
Now, for his immediate audience, it was a rhetorical question. They stand for principle. But Cruz was really asking it of the Republican establishment types, Washington politicos, and GOP moderates who keep pushing the unhelpful advice that the road to the White House runs through the “mushy middle,” as Cruz put it.
“You know what electability is? Nominate the candidate who is the closest to the Democrats,” Cruz said of the conventional wisdom.
Somehow, it’s okay and it works when the Democratic “stand for principle.” This moderate to conservative country elected a principled, unabashed Leftist president, twice. How did that happen?
It’s because Americans respect principled leaders and are inspired by ideas. And because the Democrats found every last voter in their base and got them to the polls. That’s the strategy that will guarantee Republican success in 2016.
A survey just out today gives Hillary Clinton a double digit lead over either Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney, the two leading lights of the establishment. This despite the fact that those two have about the same name recognition as her, and despite all the bad publicity she’s had lately with her faulty book tour.
A base-driven strategy will take a lot of work and organization. Only a commitment to ideals can motivate campaign workers to get out the vote and motivate the vote to get out of the house.
Moderation isn’t going to solve this country’s immoderately large problems. That’s the message voters need to hear.