Democrats and their media allies are very good at suggesting that people have problems that can be solved by liberal policies. Democrats imply or suggest that these problems — poverty, racism, violence, whatever — are somehow the fault of Republicans: “Corporate America,” for example, being a handy code, a way of telling the working class that those greedy Republicans are ripping them off. Mitt Romney was made into a proxy for irrational economic resentments, and his GOP handlers were unable to figure out how to combat this cunning theme.
Hey, guys, how about telling the simple truth? Like for example: “The Democrats are stirring up irrational economic resentments. Rich people aren’t the cause of our nation’s problems. You can’t blame ‘Corporate America’ for the job-killing effects of Democrat policies that most business leaders warned would be bad for the economy. And whatever your problem is, ‘vote Democrat’ is never the solution.”
(Crowd at Ohio rally goes wild with applause.)
No GOP consultant would ever approve that speech. A phrase like “irrational economic resentments” isn’t the kind of dumbed-down language GOP consultants recommend: Too many syllables — it sounds too smart. But voters are much smarter than GOP consultants give them credit for, and they don’t like being talked down to, as if they were too dumb to understand anything except Fourth-of-July platitudes about “good jobs” and making America great again.
It’s amazing how much better people respond when you talk to them as if they were intelligent grown-ups, and tell them the plain truth.
I have said much the same thing many times. Conservatism can sell itself, maybe one day the GOP establishment will try that route. They might even win elections if they did.