I have been thinking a lot lately about the deep-seated prejudice many voters have towards the Republican brand.
I had it, although I wasn’t aware of it until the Right to Life Party folded and sent me a letter recommending I register Republican. The suggestion to register Republican actually made me feel sick to my stomach. It shocked me no end. I had NO IDEA I had any prejudice buried in my subconscious, much less one so unthinking or so powerful as to make my stomach literally churn.
I’m betting a lot of disillusioned Democrats are in that same place right now.
I registered Republican so I could vote for Pro-Life candidates in the primaries. But it took me making a real effort to learn about the GOP’s history to move me from acceptance to comfort to pride in self-identifying with the GOP. I’m not proud of the RINOs, goodness knows, but it’s not about scum like John McCain. It’s about the principles and the mission. And it’s about reality, because no third party candidate is going to win.
My concern this election season is that disillusioned Democrats may very well be disgusted with their leadership. But will they vote Republican?
As long as they harbor the “Republicans are horrible people, so even a corrupt moronic Democrat is preferable”, I’d have to say, “Probably not.”
And that means we’re going to continue to have trouble winning. So let’s put some effort and advertising dollars into educating the public about GOP history, especially where it counters the “rich, selfish, old, white guys” meme the Left pushes.