Has Republican Leadership Finally Gotten A Clue?

The Washington Post reports that Republican leadership may have finally gotten a clue about what’s important to voters.

After a tumultuous week of party infighting and leadership stumbles, congressional Republicans are focused on calming their divided ranks in the months ahead, mostly by touting proposals that have wide backing within the GOP and shelving any big-ticket legislation for the rest of the year.

Comprehensive immigration reform, tax reform, tweaks to the federal health-care law — bipartisan deals on each are probably dead in the water for the rest of this Congress. (Read More)

If true this is good news, but as Paul Mirengoff notes, we should still be somewhat wary of their intentions.

One must always be wary of the leadership’s disavowal of intent to pursue immigration reform. It may be an attempt to calm the waters, cause the base to put down its guard, and later, after the time for primary challenges has passed, move forward with amnesty-style reform.

However, the idea of focusing on measures that unite, rather than divide, Republicans makes so much sense that we can’t entirely rule out the possibility that the leadership has embraced it. (Read More)

Let’s hope that’s the case. It made absolutely no sense the way they were going out of their way to alienate their base. Sure, I get how they wanted to please big business, but what good will they be to big business, or anyone, if they’ve enraged so many voters that they end up losing?