Winston provides insight into the problems the GOP is facing, with Arlen Specter’s switch to the Democratic party showing how less voters are identifying with Republicans.
“Clearly the Democrats want to portray the Republicans as the ‘Party of No’ and the challenge for Republicans is how do they become an effective opposition party at the same time defining a clear choice?” said David Winston, a prominent strategist and pollster who works closely with the congressional Republican leadership. “Once people see the Republicans defining a choice, the ‘Party of No’ goes away.”
In her Pollster.com piece, “The Vanishing Young Republicans,” Soltis address the issue of more and more young voters identifying as Democrat, including when the trend really started and how this may affect the GOP.
Yesterday’s departure of Sen. Arlen Specter from the Republican Party re-opened the debate over the ideological direction of the Republican Party. Did the GOP move away from Specter, or was it Specter that left the GOP? Where do the American people fall? (more…)
Kristen Soltis talks to James Kirchick of The New Republic and Mindy Finn of Engage about the political implications of the torture issue, how the GOP may be affected and perceived, and whether or not this a problem for Democrats as well.
In the latest episode of our podcast, Kristen, Alex and J.P. talk about more big names in government, both past and present, as well as how Joe Biden and Rahm Emanuel are faring in their roles in the new administration.
In this episode of “The Right Idea,” JP Freire of the American Spectator and Republican “smart guy”Alex Lara join Kristen Soltis in discussing Obama’s overseas trip, pirates, missiles, and how to act around the Queen.
David, quoted in a Mike Allen and Patrick O’Conner Politico story:
“What this Republican leadership is trying to do is define what the choice is,” said David Winston, a GOP pollster who monitors the environment for House Republicans. “If Republicans are defining what their policies are, they will fare better than if they go up against Obama as a personality test.”
David, quoted in a “Washington Whispers” blog post by Paul Bedard:
“It’s not about competing with Obama on personality; it’s about focusing on rethinking the solutions,” says David Winston, former director of planning for ex-Speaker Newt Gingrich. The pollster is pushing the GOP to move beyond Reaganism and reinvent modern conservative solutions to issues Americans care about, like jobs and healthcare.
Episode 4 continues with Kristen Soltis, Moira Bagley, and John Feehery discussing monetary issues in the US today, specifically with entitlements. How can the GOP address what’s wrong with this issue? Can they use it to reach out to young voters?