There is an aspect to this election that I believe might be going unnoticed by some of our Republican elected officials, and they need to be made to see this. All too often republicans waffle over one issue, or another because they are afraid they might somehow alienate the “independent” voters. Maybe an idea seems just too conservative, or too far right to them.
I would like to point out that of all the poll numbers I see the numbers for independents are incredibly lopsided in favor of voting republican this cycle. And this is at a time when the republican party is being forced to move farther, and faster to the right than they have been in a long time.
As a purely political matter they need to be made to see that contrary to what they might have been thinking the republican party is gaining a rather large share of those independent voters they crave. And it is the resurgent conservatism of the party that is doing this for them.