Not your candidate. Your attitude. Do you want to win*?
Gotta admit, I agree with Jazz Shaw here, on the reaction to the RNC-commissioned autopsy of the 2012 election (particularly the part about getting rid of caucuses**):
In the end, you can say all you want about the “low information” or “low motivation” or brain dead voters who won’t stand in nine groups in the church basement for six hours after dinner for a caucus. Insult them all you like, and point out how they aren’t “strong” enough to fight for their cause in a caucus. But they DO show up in a primary. And they show up in the general election. And that’s who you’ve got to convince on election day. If the message of these caucus powered candidates is truly viable they will thrive in a fair outing where all of the voters who show up in the general take part. Criticizing Priebus for pointing out some basic, if unpleasant, mathematical realities isn’t going to take back the White House any time soon.
Like it or not, we had too many people on those debate stages. And, frankly, the Republican primary debate system is not supposed to be a platform where you can express your inner Dennis Kuchinich and promulgate your policy positions for free. It’s supposed to be a system where you convince the rest of the party that you’re the best person to win the dang election. And I know that people are going to be touchy on this subject, but here goes: we have a bit of an entitlement issue going on in the Republican party grassroots. Yes, I know: the media hates us, and wants us all to die in a grease fire. Just like they did yesterday, and just like they will tomorrow. Suck it up, and walk it off. And think about whether it’s smart to support the candidate or candidates more interested in enabling your attitude than in actually winning the election.
If any of this not-really-blunt talk bugs you, put that resentment to good use by going and volunteering for something. We need that. Besides, how the heck do you think that the Establishment GOP took over the leadership positions in the first place? They did it the way that you always take over a volunteer organization: they showed up. Do that long enough and people end up deciding that you should be the one who holds on to the keys…
*This is not a trick question. Do you want to win?
**Which is a) smart and b) threatens to start a low-grade civil war in the GOP.