I swore I wasn’t going to blog, I wouldn’t repeat myself, but the first one must not have stuck…
The GOP’s DNA is Federalism. If we stick to it, we will have very few internal conflicts.
No GOP candidate should receive party funds, unless his / her answer on abortion, gay marriage, Obamacare, farm subsidies, union rules, labor laws, etc. is "No matter my personal preferences, other states can and must do what their citizens want, and while I’m in Congress (or am President) I’m going to vote exclusively so they can decide."
This is the GOP Prime Directive. On shutdown / Obamacare, Ted’s Tea Party and Wall Street can immediately hug it out….
The entire GOP should campaign on changing Obamacare, by shutting down the Federal exchange, ending requirements, and by handing block grants of cash to each state to establish their own “universal” health system, without any strings.
Yes, some states will cover pregnancy, mental health, and abortion, some will cover only Xrays and out of patent medicine. The one thing I can I guarantee is that all states will move quickly to open source online platforms to deliver whatever kind of care they choose, and very quickly, the BEST CODE and BEST PRACTICES will rise to the top.
Obamacare is the law of the land. So is Medicare and Medicaid. The solution to all of these is give each state block grants, and get out of the way. Congress sets the dollar figure, and simply says “provide healthcare to every citizen” and the states decide on their own how to do it.
If later, the GOP wants to repeal the requirement that states provide health care, that’s a different discussion.
But again, Obamacare is law of land, and the GOP is the party of “No Strings,” not the party of “No.” The “No Strings” party is far more electable.
This isn’t easy, but it is certainly not hard. And it has many advantages:
1. GOP calm the nerves of voters at each other’s throats. We not only survive, we thrive.
2. State governments, and their elected officials, become more powerful. Governors of both parties will love this.
3. DC plunges into Detroit-like depression.
4. Government as a Platform (GaaP) grows quickly, the public sector labor forces shrink, and the cost of good government goes down.
Again, the only real thing that keeps this strategy from dominating is if the GOP goes against its DNA, and allows its elected officials to “think nationally” on whatever their personal hobby horse may be.
The GOP politician can be pro-Union, pro-gay marriage, pro-anything, but if elected she’ll fight like hell to make sure states get to decide.
There is no reason for conflict in the modern GOP.