The fact that he reached back to the Great Society instead, knowing that conservatives already view him as suspect, is baffling. Jonah Goldberg wrote a column the other day expressing his mystification at the fact that Jeb seems to feel no need to woo the righty base at all. Granted, he’s not going to be the conservative choice in the primaries, but neither was Romney and he managed to win enough righty votes to build a winning coalition with centrists.
And then lose. Got that, AllahP? And then lose!
Let me try to explain it in simple enough terms that even an intarwebz “journalist” can understand it: No GOP candidate is going to win a general presidential election by alienating the conservative base of the party.
The name of the game is to win the White House. It’s not to just win the GOP nomination. And if the GOP keeps on nominating no-hope “electable” losers, it’s going to disintegrate as a party and be replaced by something that actually understand what “electable” means.
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