Republican politicians should ignore H. L. Mencken’s quip: “Never overestimate the intelligence of the American people.” Americans understand what’s gone wrong better than our politicians and chattering pundits.
The alignment of public opinion with conservative principles offers Republican candidates a unique opportunity in 2012 as the party that opposes big government, special interests, and state intervention. Republican candidates must have confidence that the American people see what’s what through the filter of the liberal media, and are fully capable of understanding a bold Republican message.
Public opinion polling shows voters share three basic insights about government:
First, government is too large, tries to do too much, and regulates too much.
Second, government is run by opportunistic and even crooked politicians for the benefit of special interests.
Third, government is more likely to make things worse.
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