Originally Posted by eeeeeeeli
I think that's right, but it is the reasonable position - not that of a base. Candidates have to walk that weird line between satisfying the base by not appearing to compromise on agenda, while doing the difficult work of building coalitions and making themselves stomachable(?) to mainstream America. I think the successful ones are probably those who can pull this off.
the republican base wants the budget to be balanced. It wants America to be economically self reliant. Speaking that message to the base would not scare off centrist voters.
Pawlenty and Romney have to be able to speak to the country as a whole. To do that they have to run the guantlet of gotcha questions from the MSM. You would not think that would be so hard, but Romney has shown himself incapable of doing it.