The biggest problem with the Party is that you understand there is a problem and are unwilling to get your hands dirty. It is understood that the hood and mountain gulf may be scary but spending time there will show you care than just for a vote.
Contribute financially to the betterment of the welfare of the downtrodden. Feed the hungry in spare time. Obviously, campaigning was not as successful. Why?
Because the letters after your name mean nothing if there is no skin in the game! You have to contribute your time. Take a chance and visit the homes of the poor and destitute. Let them see your face. Make no guarantees but at least show you want to better their lives.
The Republicans will ALWAYS BE ALOOF if they decide to legislate from ivory (pun intended) towers.