If I were a Republican running for office, I’d take some inspiration from that Gallup poll yesterday and the Restoring Honor scene on the Mall this weekend. That rally seemed pitch perfect in a lot of ways. The likes of Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin need not run for office to energize people and highlight enduring things.
This is the kind of morale building and educating Rush Limbaugh has been doing for years with such consistency. Having an impact on politics without being on a ballot.
And while the weekend rally wasn’t expressly partisan, in many ways, what you heard from the podium — and what got people out there in the first place — is the Marco Rubio message. It is the Sharron Angle message. We are a nation, with solid Founding principles, worth preserving. It’s what the House Republican commitment/contract/agenda needs to be. Exude this — with, yes, records and ideas and seriousness — and win. Exude this and people will buy into some sacrifice, too, because it’s rooted in a vision of life and America that is real and true.
It’s, of course, more complicated than that. But it’s not a bad starting point. Especially considering that: ”Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”