To recover from 2012 losses, GOP must focus on the grass roots

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.

Like Scott Brown and Richard Tisei, Republican hopefuls in liberal bastions need to tell people why to vote for them. Tell voters the advantages of less government and more community. Being gay or pro-choice is a side issue, and the national party can outline a robust, conservative stance without extremism.

Arthur Christopher

Torrance, Calif.