Republicans are going to have a hard time crafting a thematic message. Are they going to run claiming:
"We are for maximizing individual responsibilities and rights, and minimizing the size and scope of, and spending by government -- reducing its intrusiveness and costs . . . and this time we mean it. Trust us."
Republicans pose as conservatives when running for election. In office, they enjoy spending our tax dollars every bit as much as, and perhaps even more than Democrats. They relish the ability to raid the public treasury in efforts to buy constituencies to perpetuate their tenure.
It won't wash with me. I bought into it big time in the past, but won't be taken in again.