And it's mostly of their own making.
Sure, the liberal-biased media is responsible for creating much of the negative narrative surrounding the GOP by their usual broad-brush tactics, claiming that every Republican candidate who doesn't immediately and specifically address some off-the-wall comment from another GOP candidate (no matter how local or obscure that candidate may be) must obviously agree with the off-the-wall statement. As if every candidate has the time to read, let alone internalize these statements in a broader context. Nevertheless, even though the same standard isn't expected of Democrat politicians, if national GOP Candidate A doesn't denounce local Candidate B's Neanderthal-like comment, Candidate A must also be a Neanderthal.
And far too many candidates just spout some lame, pablum-like comment about he or she disagrees with the tone, etc., etc., etc., when they should be taking one of the truly worthwhile pages from the Donald J. Trump School of Media Handling, and say this:
"Look, (Insert first name of reporter), do want to be a serious journalist someday, because I don't have the time or the inclination to read each and every comment some local yokel in East Nowhere has made, nor do I care what they say. In fact, I don't even care what my fellow national candidates say, unless it's about me. This is MY campaign, and I'll address MY message where, when and HOW I want to, and if I'm not clear enough about MY views, feel free to ask me some clarifying questions about what I say, but don't bother me with what someone else says. I have enough problems getting my own message past your bias filters as it is, OK?"
And then move on. But this only addresses the GOP's media problem, not their own self-inflicted problems.
First, they have a sorry record of accomplishment when it comes to doing what they say they're going to do at the national level. The last time the GOP was in power with a President, House and Senate, they spent like drunken sailors (and cut taxes, which sounds good unless you DON'T cut spending as well), started a war that was completely unjustified, didn't address the regulation nightmare they claimed was a problem, didn't address the tax code they claimed was a problem, and did what they always seem to do - focus on social issues.
Hint: About 70% of your base, which equates to about 30% of the country, even cares about social issues.
On abortion, you love to point to polls which show that a majority of Americans personally would not have an abortion (See, Americans are against abortion!), IGNORING the secondary polling question which shows that a majority also thinks that other people should be able to have that choice as an option. Then you waste weeks or months on legislation trying to chip away at Roe v. Wade by narrowing definitions and qualifications for medical offices and personnel.
On gay marriage, state after state keeps approving the right for gays to marry, and even when the Supreme Court rules in favor of it, you STILL rail against it, even bringing up nonsensical arguments about people marrying animals, kids or inanimate objects like their cell phones and tablets.
And the worst thing is, you still campaign on being the party of smaller, less-intrusive government, when you're nothing of the kind. Unless the less-intrusive part is on your terms.
So GOP candidates, stop telling us you believe in the Constitution when you don't believe it's mandates for equal protection and equal rights for all. Stop denying that a right to privacy exists when the Supreme Court says it does. The people of America mainly care about jobs, wages, and their personal safety, and frankly don't give a damn about the personal decisions of other people. This has been shown in poll after poll after poll in every election going back decades, and if you want to get elected NATIONALLY, you'd better start addressing those needs and begin forgetting about a base that is destroying you as a national party.
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