In an excellent piece, which, to some degree at least addresses a point some readers have been debating in the comments sections to other posts, Michael Barone suggests that the GOP go upscale by “downplaying the cultural issues that were an important reason for Republican victories from 1980 to 2004.”
Instead, they should target younger voters by pointing out that Democratic policies limit our choices. “Republicans,” he contends, “can argue that their policies will let you choose your future.” Seems like he favors pushing a freedom agenda, adapting Ronald Reagan’s ideas to the world today. Good plan.
Not only does Barone offer the right approach to Republican rebuilding, he also understands the qualities of a woman likely to be one of those at the helm of our party for years to come. Noting the appeal Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has to “downscale voters,” he observes:
Despite the scorn the media heaped on her, she has excellent political instincts and seems capable of developing the knowledge base that would make her a credible presidential candidate in the future.
The more Palin familiarizes herself with national policy at the federal level, the more she’ll overcome the image created during the campaign by awkward moments in interviews with aggressive reporters that hurt her image. Note how her detractors all focus on interviews she conducted before the Vice-Presidential debate. They all but ignored her performance after that.
Once Sarah Palin gained a greater command of the issues, got accustomed to the style and format of these exchanges, as well as the agenda of the national news media, she came across much better in such settings.
I mean, if Sarah Palin kept doing poorly in such exchanges, wouldn’t her detractors focus on more than just the Couric and Gibson interviews?Â Barone has it right.Â Once she develops that knowledge base, she will become a credible presidential candidate.
Oh, and with anything my Michael Barone, just read the whole thing.