Kinzinger’s book offers insights into what’s gone wrong with the national party – a party, mind you, that has never fit right in with the right. Oh, and you’ll never believe where the problem lies. It’s with independents.
The end game is to continue to impose tax hikes on the working class, kill the American manufacturing sector, and have a crop of highly educated people become the backbone of the Democratic Party in the hope that they’ll keep bringing down the rest of us, Kinzinger writes.
“Over the years, we have become tone deaf when it comes to our base,” Kinzinger writes. “We have not aggressively campaigned for voters who have grievances against us; we have not continuously supported and stuck with the message that every elected official shares; and we have not expanded our outreach beyond the metro areas of the Midwest and the Southeast, where our support is the highest.”
The lesson Kinzinger takes away from all of this is that he and his Republican friends have to be a lot more reflective and approach politics as a results-oriented business.
“Governing in 2019 is not the same as governing in the future; it is no longer a center-right party with a working majority,” Kinzinger writes. “The party needs to build back its support from districts like mine, where Barack Obama carried us twice. To regain some of those losses, we have to do more to convince voters that it’s not all about tax cuts for the rich, deregulation for big business, and white nationalism on the right, but that we are a party that will stand for the people and fight for them.”
As for their prospects for being elected to Congress in 2020, it may not be much help. “I don’t know that we’re going to see anyone in the seat we once held.”