For the past decade or two, one of the main Democratic talking points has been opposition to out-sourcing and off-shoring. Recently, Republicans have been replying in kind, claiming that they too are opposed to out-sourcing. That was a very bad idea.
Opposition to out-sourcing can be heard either as “blame business” or “blame foreigners.” Republicans are widely regarded as the party of business. In other words, any opposition of out-sourcing on the part of Republicans is heard as foreigner bashing, whereas it's not heard as such when Democrats do it. The tactic will not attract the votes of anti-business voters and it will repel immigrant and second-generation voters.
In other words: It's a TRAP!
As I've said before:
[Republicans] can probably get better results by running against high energy and food prices. Platform: Drill here, drill now, frack for natural gas, supplement with nukes, and stop burning corn.The best part of that is they can do so and be pro-imports. If they must mention jobs, they should express it in terms of new jobs in export industries.