So, what does one of the main architects of the Conservative Revolution suggest as a way to “find our way back”.
“I need not remind you that you can have the soundest principles in the world, but if you don’t have candidates who can communicate those principles, candidates who are articulate as well as principled, you are going to lose election after election. I refuse to believe that the good Lord divided this world into Republicans who defend basic values and Democrats who win elections. We have to find tough, bright young men and women who are sick and tired of cliches and the pomposity and the mind-numbing economic idiocy of the liberals in Washington.”
Ronald Reagan CPAC speech February 6, 1977
“Articulate”, yes. “Principled”, absolutely. Nowhere in there does he mention politicians, operatives, or “people who can get elected”.
That might come as a surprise to recent GOP leadership.