A party in retreat should feel obligated to try out some new ideas that might broaden its appeal.
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These advocates will open offices in the district to field inquiries and requests from constituents. They will advertise that they are there to help people from the district obtain assistance from Washington, D.C. Republicans in Congress will liaise closely with those individuals, helping facilitate their ability to be helpful to individuals.
For the most part these advocates will reflect their neighborhoods. Now you suddenly have a large caucus of blacks and Hispanics “representing” those districts. If word gets out they are really helping people get things done, you now have good will for the party being spread out among a large group of “advocates,” giving a whole new impression of the party.
Traditionally, the majority party lets the minority party’s representatives look good to their constituents by using clout to get things done. Yet in recent years Democrats have become much less gracious when they have control.
Republicans, when taking control, figure they gain nothing by clipping the wings of Democrat Congressional offices. They will only be badmouthed for being mean to minorities. But if they are providing their own direct assistance to those constituents, they need not fear being branded insensitive. They can make it harder for Democrat representatives to pull strings and set things up so people quickly learn it pays to approach their advocates.
PUBLIC RATIONALE: Why should districts without a Republican Congressperson not have access to the services available to the majority party?
ANTICIPATED ATTACKS: This idea is so obviously dangerous to Democrat domination of their “home territories” there will certainly be concerted resistance. They will call it an outrage against the Constitution, undermining the election of representatives. They will try to convince citizens not to use the services of these advocates.
PRICE TAG: $40 million guarantee first year. This includes $35 million in salaries to these advocates, assuming about 200 at 174,000 per.
Fundraising will rely heavily on major visionary donors of the Pickens – Koch – Adelson – Marcus class at first. Once it becomes a visible success, website donations and Viguerie-type small-donor fundraising should become a key factor.
Eventually most of the advocates can be spun off into self-financing entities in the way a sitting Congress person manages a campaign fund.
FINAL THOUGHT: “In the box” thinking has not made a dent in these problems. It is time to not only go out of the box, but to blow the damned thing up and rethink approaches on all fronts fearlessly.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online