Lately, in response to the 2012 elections, Gov. Bobby Jindal has been telling his Republican brethren that they “have to stop being the stupid party.” Now you will never see Jindal stumbling out of a MENSA meeting. He’s never been thought of as a great thinker, and has been a staunch ideologue when it suits him. But even he’s smart enough to realize that the fringe of his party are not helping.
Here’s the problem: the right-wing fringe are what excites the base. The thinking right just don’t want to be a part of that. What makes it more difficult is that the political press loves the fringe. Richard Lugar and Olympia Snow are not politically sexy. So they turn to the Rand Paul’s, the Jim West’s, the Joe Walsh’s, the Paul Ryan’s, etc. The result is that the more mainstream Republican politicians are adopting that stance publicly in an effort to remain in power.
The Republican pols want to maintain their “values” (i.e., ideological positions), but feel that all they need to do is repackage their message. It’s pretty clear that their problems are much deeper than that.