Handbook to secure a GOP victory in 2016 (and beyond).
1. Become more socially liberal. This one is p. obvious, but most Republicans believe that the message isn't the issue, but how their message is delivered. Hint: The message IS the issue, you geeks. If people want to smoke pot, let them. If someone wants to marry someone of the same sex, let them. Republicans preach small government, yet want the government to regulate things such as marriage. You can't have it both ways. Giving freedom back to the people to make their own choices on how they run their lives would get a lot of people back to the GOP who have previously left them and/or have left the Democratic Party.
2. Eliminate the Neo-Conservative "War-Hawk" mentality. It's no secret that the overwhelming majority of people hate war and in turn, won't support a war. In spite of this, the Neo-Conservatives who have hijacked the GOP continue to pound the war drums and it seems that they want to go to war with every nation that gives us the stanky eye. When the American people hear this, they will vote for the Democrats since they at least claim they're anti-war, when President Obama has been just as bad as George W. Bush. Running on a platform of peace would go a long way and it would also allow them to call out the Democrats for being frauds on their foreign policy while not coming off as hypocrites in the process.
3. Legalize Free Market Capitalism and end Corporate Welfare. Let businesses make their own choices and promote competition. A Free Market Healthcare system would have been better than Obamacare, but I digress. If a business goes under, let them go under. There is a reason most businesses go under, and that reason is that a better business has opened up that fits consumer needs better than them.
4. Respect the tenth amendment. A Gallup Poll
conducted in September states that 54% of Americans believe that the government has too much power, and that number is sure to go up as this country descends deeper and deeper into oblivion. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution talks about enumerated powers, which are powers that are left up to the federal government. These powers consist of things such as providing for defense, establish a post office, and to borrow money. Nowhere does it state that the federal government has a role in things such as education and marriage. Respect state sovereignty and shrink the amount of power that the federal government has over the states.
5. Respect civil liberties. Some of this relates to point one, such as allowing homosexual s to get married and letting someone smoke a blunt or two (thus giving them LIBERTY and individual sovereignty). However, this extends past that. This would consist of eliminating bills like the PATRIOT ACT, the Indefinite Detention Clause in the NDAA, abolishing the TSA, and not allowing drones in the sky over American airspace. All of these things are extremely unpopular, and vowing to get rid all of them and restore civil liberties is something that most people get behind.
Tl;dr: Run under the slogan of "Peace, Liberty, and Prosperity" and you have a chance to put a dent into the Progressives. If they don't, I hope they enjoy being the WHIG Party 2.0.