Originally Posted by e1618978
California is a liberal state - and in a liberal state the conservatives have to move a bit to the center to even be considered at all. Do you really think that California Republicans would get more votes if they were more like Utah or Georgia Republicans?
I think that the national Republican party would get a lot more votes if they cut off the religious right, and moved a little to the left (particularly on social issues). I just don't see how the Republican party can stay unchanged and get elected, the bastion of their policy (low regulation/free markets) is in ruins.
Megan McCain may not have achieved as much as Palin, but she has to be better educated and smarter - the big mystery is how Palin achieved so much while knowing so little.
California is a state that passed Prop 13 and measures against affirmative action, immigration and gay marriage. It also gave us Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.
I would say that California does start with a bit of a left bias now with regard to presidential politics but the reason that isn't changed is simply due to the electoral college. California like most places is winner take all and it is a ridiculously large and expensive state to flip 5-10% of the vote in compared to many others.
We had a pretty strong tradition of Republican Governors, mostly elected from So Cal and then Gray Davis was elected mostly on a series of lies (much like Obama) those lies were revealed, he was recalled and replaced by Ar-nald who tried to govern, was slapped down in an election by all the public employees and then simply became Gray Davis 2.0 for the rest of his tenure.
So yes I do think a return to a more conservative, conservative would yield something. The RINO's have done nothing but become complacent with the Democratic lies and get all the blame whenever those same ideas yield a bad result because they were done "wrong" by the RINO rather then simply being a wrong or bad idea.
The religious right is actually a pretty large group from what I have read with regard to size basically being the "African-Americans" of the Republican party. By this I mean they are smaller in comparison to the general population but when voting as a large block or almost exclusively for one party, it creates disproportionate outcomes.
In otherwords it would be like telling the Democrats to give up the African-American vote and would cause them to crash and burn pretty bad.
The Republicans can stay unchanged if they fix the damage to their brand created by Bush and RINOs. They need to stop endorsing any entitlement increases, return to balancing budgets and pushing for spending within bills instead of endorsing earmarks, etc. They simply need to return to being reformers. The Contract with America was composed of poll tested measures that attracted 60% support and none of them were religious in any fashion.
Do you think religious folks would support a balanced budget? I think they would.
Do you think religious folks would support a measure than banned earmarks? I think they would.
Could we find several more conservative measures they would support? I believe it very possible, especially if we get into school choice and other matters that are reform minded.
Meghan McCain has her undergraduate degree from Columbia but given her family background and wealth, is that really unexpected?
Her Wikipedia page assigns the following motivations to her via her own quote...
All I am trying to be is a young, cool Republican woman for other Republican women.
So she wants to be a Republican Paris Hilton. That is what all her actions describe to me.
If the Republicans want to get back to the common folk again, they need a mom who has run a business, not a rich girl who has written a blog for her "job."