These voters don’t identify with the Republican message of entrepreneurship and “You built it.” They are not especially ambitious but instead want a secure job and reliable government services. They’re offended when slackers, illegal immigrants and other non-deserving groups get government support (and that includes bankers and big business).
This is not to suggest that Republicans simply parrot what voters tell pollsters. There is always room for leadership, persuasion and principle. But Republicans cannot begin to take advantage of the political opening created by the disappointment of Obamacare and craft an effective message of Republican reform until they’ve shed some outdated assumptions about the electorate.
Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist.