Fox News pundit Dick Morris, who predicted a Romney landslide, said his prediction was wrong because he didn’t take into account how much America has changed. “What this is saying is this is the new America,” Morris told Fox News, “This isn’t your father’s America.”
Morris was betting that America had not changed and that 2008 was just an aberration. “I think that the reason the prediction I made was wrong is that I was criticizing the polling because I said it reflected the same turnout model as there was in 2008. And I said that I thought that was a one-off affair and that it would not continue and it would not be the permanent turnout model for the United States.” Of course the country has changed, but the Republican Party has not. First McCain and then Romney, the Party dutifully prances out presidential candidates who represents bipartisan consensus politics rather than a clear alternative to fiscal insanity. Obama has had an easy go of it – he has never had to run against somebody who disagreed with his fundamental worldview.
As a tip-giver to the Republicans, Dick Morris foolishly advocated reaching out to Democrat voters in the future: “The percentage of single women, minorities and voters under 30 is so large at this point that unless the Republican Party fundamentally changes its appeal to those voters, it can never win an election.” Republicans should instead focus on providing a genuine alternative platform to the morally bankrupt Democrat Party. The last thing the Republicans should do is try to “appeal” to people who are asking for welfare benefits. What would be the point of beating the Democrats? No, the Republicans must become more liberal and free-market savvy if they ever want to beat the Democrats again. If they continue trying to appeal to Democrat voters, they are doomed to failure as they should be. Whether you are talking about young people or minorities, these people supported Ron Paul in the primary and not Romney because they wanted the country to survive this economic crisis. The Republicans’ only chance is to become a serious constitution-based party with solid pro-market principles; now that would be a clear alternative to the Democrats.