JEFF JACOBY’S article on the deepening life-support status of the Massachusetts GOP resonated with me, a conservative in California who has just witnessed the rise of a Democratic tax-and-spend supermajority in my statehouse (“The state party should focus on the grass roots,” Op-ed, Nov. 11). Moreover, a lukewarm, flip-flopping, moderate presidential candidate hurt statewide and local races, turning off instead of turning out the vote for Republicans.
I believe that Jacoby’s take on the GOP in blue states makes sense not just for the local party, but also for the national Republicans. Grass-roots contributors, not businessmen or political outsiders, will win elections. It’s not enough to be “against” one party. Republicans must propose a simple platform of limited government, lower taxes, and local control. With no more purity tests and a simple platform, the GOP can win again.