Monday, November 26, 2012

Tea party pushes for a more populist GOP

The Tea Party has never been a friend of Wall Street's, but as the Wall Street Journal notes, they might be getting a second hearing after the candidate of Wall Street got battered around by Main Street voters.

Jamie Radtke, a tea-party activist in Virginia who ran unsuccessfully for the Senate this year, says the party "must change its language and focus" to make itself more viable nationally.

"We express everything in terms of business—business this and business that—which is fine, except that the Democrats talk in terms of people and the middle class, and it gets them much farther," Ms. Radtke said.

Another problem that plagued the Romney-Ryan ticket is that they spoke from their Left brains and wrapped the issues with an analytical bow and not a heart-felt tie.

When they were at their strongest (e.g. Romney's first debate), they married the two, but too often it was Romney and Ryan, dancing to the great analytic, Philip Glass. Meanwhile, Barack Obama's rhetoric was all emotional and John Denver (But John Denver with a few minor chords thrown in just for good, destructive measure).

As the GOP goes forward, the WSJ accurately notes that Bobby Jindal seems to be positioning himself as a conservative populist, but really, all of the major GOP contenders talk in more emotional, everyday terms than Romney.

Rubio's extraordinarily gifted at talking about the humanity of the American dream, Jeb Bush is touching while talking about education, Susanna Martinez adds a personal touch on just about everything.

So really, the GOPs next batch seems to be in pretty good shape on this score.