Leaven your new-found enthusiasm for Representative Paul Ryan’s austerity budget with a commitment to combating a disease. Focus on Alzheimer’s. The public is rightly terrified of it. As the population ages, it threatens to blow a hole in an already strained Medicare programme. Independent voters do not want to see you led by the nose by the Tea Party or as a rubber stamp for the House Republicans. Fighting Alzheimer’s is a way to push back against the president and your party.
With the primaries in effect over, there is no pressure to bash illegal immigrants. Follow Senator Marco Rubio’s lead. He is attempting to find a political third way, combining a commitment to securing America’s borders while recognising that illegal aliens are part of the US landscape.
Your wife, Ann, is as good an ambassador to soccer moms as you could have hoped: she is accessible; she has beaten serious illness; her rebuttal of Hilary Rosen, after the Democrat activist attacked her for being a stay-at-home mom, was masterful. It reminded America of cultural faultlines the Democratic party would prefer Americans forget.