GOP rebranding: Fire up the libertarian iron

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 04:19 PM.

 

HOUSTON — Most old school Republicans remind me of a man running for mayor on a platform of outlawing dancing at the high school prom. Obama reminds me of the guy you have dinner with who orders an expensive wine and then makes sure he's in the bathroom when the bill comes.

What if there was a party that espoused fiscal responsibility and minimal government, like the GOP says it wants, and kept its nose out of your personal business as the Democrats purport to? There is. It's called the libertarian party.

 Republicans did an autopsy on why they keep losing to Democrats. They say they need to “re-brand.” I suggest the libertarian brand; it is currently not being used.

Instead of staying with an agenda of minimal government and concentrating on economic issues, the GOP always gets itself in the weeds on social issues and drives moderates and libertarians back to the "undecided" camp.

Republicans seem judgmental and odd, finding themselves out of touch with more and more Americans as they attempt to appease those social conservatives of their party who vote in primaries. The early straw polls are taken at the Iowa State Fair, presumably by Iowa fairgoers. They are given a choice while attending the fair: get in line to pick the GOP presidential candidate or buy a corn dog. Most decide what to do by which line is shorter.

Old school Republicans need to step aside or defer to fresher ideas instead of rejecting anyone or anything new. John McCain's resented Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., calling him a “wacko bird” when Paul took a principled stand on the use of drones against U.S. citizens on American soil.



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