"Preaching to the Choir" is a phrase that has taken on an erroneous connotation. "Preaching" is the operative word here; preaching is what a preacher is supposed to do. But preaching has never been so much about converting unbelievers (that's the job of evangelism, which is not the same as preaching) as it has been about strengthening and edifying those who already believe. In short, preachers are supposed to preach to the choir, assuming the choir members are already believers.
Which brings me to my point about conservative politicians who are doing everything but preaching to the choir.
The foolishness of a conservative politician preaching to the liberal media is amply illustrated by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's "Sikh taxi-driver" interview with Time Magazine Editor-At-Large, Belinda Luscombe. Early on in the interview, Ms. Luscombe establishes that Ms. Haley was raised by Sikh Indian parents. Near the end of the interview, Ms. Luscombe, who by that time had already proved herself a journalistic air-head of the first order and rank, remarked to Ms. Haley that they were in a town (New York) where there are many foreign taxi drivers. Then Ms. Luscombe asked Ms. Haley whether, should she be so fortunate as to have a Sikh taxi driver, she would be inclined to give him a bigger tip, presumably because of Ms. Haley's Sikh Indian background.
From Ms. Luscombe's "you can't insult government workers" comment to the Sikh taxi-driver question, Ms. Luscombe put herself on display as the liberal buffoon and journalistic hack she is.
Being a person who always does her due diligence and a person who surely took the time to research Ms. Luscombe's political tendencies, I presume that Ms. Haley agreed to the interview with Ms. Luscombe primarily for two reasons: first, she did not want to allow Time magazine to control the narrative about her without any direct influence over what Time might say about her; second, she thought she might actually be able to convert Ms. Luscombe to her way of thinking.
Conservative politicians who agree to be interviewed by mainstream media personalities (most hardly qualify to be called "journalists") are a lot like wanna-be brides who are convinced that they can convert the groom-to-be into a model husband and boy scout, no matter how profligate the man's life prior to the walk down the aisle. How else would the Matt Lauer's, Chris Matthews's and those gawd-awful women on The View continue to attract a steady stream of conservative politicians into their evil lairs?
Like the Preacher, I realize that part of the Politician's mission is to persuade and convince others that what they are preaching is true. Indeed, persuasion is part of the fabric of the Preacher and the Politician, but, again, preaching is not the same as evangelism.
My advice to conservative politicians: Start preaching to the choir, stop trying to evangelize the lost boys and girls in the mainstream media. Let your campaign machine pass out the tracts and evangelize the unconverted because, as history and human nature have taught us, it is an iron-clad fact that only the already-converted get anything from your message. The Politician himself, like the Preacher, needs to strengthen and nourish the true believer, popularly known as The Base.