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Divided We Stand

Divided We Stand
New book about the 2020 election.

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Way to Victory

In The Weekly Standard, Gary Andres addresses the common assumption that the GOP, as a whole, must shift in a certain ideological direction.

This view assumes all voters place the entire political world on a single, left-right spectrum and support candidates and parties closest to themselves on this hypothetical scale. They don't--or at least many do not. Instead, they view electoral choices through a less ideological prism. For them, electoral choice transcends ideology. ...

The way to victory for both parties seems pretty clear. It's about winning on the margin and realizing Americans are not homogeneous in the way they conceptualize politics. So the key is to retain and mobilize those who agree and think ideologically, and persuade enough of the rest ... They don't ask if a politician's or party's views are "correct." They ask, "Will they do a good job?" These are the voters Republicans lost in droves in the last two cycles. Thinking that winning them back means simply "moving to the center" is a prescription for more electoral failure.