What’s in a name?

The Hill has an interesting poll about people’s preferences regarding fiscal matters.  The good news is that most people prefer fiscal programs that reflect Republican proposals by about 2:1 when party affiliation is hidden.  The bad news is that once the name ‘Republican’ is mentioned, support evaporates.  Breitbart.com’s Mike Flynn makes the point: “As The Hill poll shows, however, the party has already won the policy debate. It is continuing to lose the political debate, however. The voters simply don’t trust the Republicans to stick to their policies.”

Too true.  Plus the Republicans have been playing Brer Fox to the Democrats’ Alinkyite Brer Rabbit.  Plus the Republicans have too often shown themselves just as eager to get their hooks on Federal money and perks as their “friends across the aisle.”
The recent CPAC convention can be summarized as follows: Republicanism as a good ol’ boy’s club of genteel, New England moderates is a dead party walking.  Conservative principles generate a great deal of support, if not passionate enthusiasm among the citizenry in general.  Conservative principles, when articulated clearly and unambiguously carry the ideological day every time.