My Advice to Republican Presidential Candidates

Remember the Tea Party? That force of sweeping outrage that brushed a whole new Congress into power? It seems that every time I turn on the television (or, come on, glance at Google News), there’s some burning hot talking point espoused by Republican presidential candidates that would successfully enflame their indigination.

For relentless months, candidates have flaunted their spirituality, disparaged (or tried to) President Obama’s foreign policies, tacitly embraced anti-gay sentiment, practically screamed their stance against raising taxes, pledged their dedication to cutting spending, government, and regulation, generally frothed about the mouth when immigration comes up (except for Gingrich) and even advocated for more wars in the Middle East.

Great, these candidates are just what  Tea Partiers wanted. But… what about everyone else?

The biggest problem with almost every platform and belief that Republican Presidential Candidates stand for is that they are, for the first time, slipping into the minority. 

Let me first concede that it won’t be impossible to win the Presidency by going against these tenets, but that window is narrowing. Quickly. By 2050, white Americans are going to be in the minority. Sooner than later, the party that has always aligned itself with the loud and proud anti-immigration groups will be scrambling to shift gears and throw extremists who were once bobbing buoys of boisterous beliefs back overboard.
Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove are worried about this and have started a slow backstroke, but other candidates aren’t following suit. They’re still concerned about primaries – understandably – but my advice to Republican Presidential Candidates would be to ignore the Tea Party altogether. 
Who else are Tea Partiers going to vote for? Candidates should be manipulating the disillusioned Obama supporters, who voted for fantasy and got reality, and now feel cheated by the pragmatic, fallible,  middle-of-the-aisle, inexperienced commander-in-chief, healthcare reform be damned.
I suspect that candidates are saving the inevitable hosing of their previous Ultra Right remarks for the actual race against Obama. Suddenly, all of the things said to court the Tea Party will be watered down into a thin broth of *fingers crossed* actual issues of taxing, spending, and the economy (as to the taxing, I’m not holding my breath for Republicans to see the light, not as long as Grover Norquist holds any sway on Capitol Hill).
It’s a funny thing when a segment of your party base is driving you into an inescapable corner, but it will be tragic in the real election. I know that the Chosen Candidate will immedaitely start blurring extreme views with moderate ones, but… politicians seem to still have trouble realizing that we have YouTube now.
The real question is: When President Obama is re-elected, will Republicans finally realize that their short-term interest in their base is actually killing them in the long run?

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