Skip to comments.Wake Up, GOP: Itís Time to Put the Varsity on the Field
Posted on 02/25/2011 8:18:18 AM PST by Kaslin
o beat Obama, Republicans must field their best candidates now.
At the approach of an election that’s likely Americas most important since 1864, many Republicans are acting as if theyre content to conduct tryouts for the jayvee. One wonders: where is the sense of urgency, the recognition of the acute need to get the best possible candidates into this defining presidential race?
The comparison with 1864 is not overwrought. Then, victory in the Civil War, and hence the fate of the Union, hung in the balance. This time around, the fate of ObamaCare and, with it, the fate of limited government — not to mention fiscal solvency — hangs in the balance. Congressman Paul Ryan put it beautifully here.
No one in decades — perhaps a century — has done more (however inadvertently) to promote the citizenrys interest in Americas founding than the overreaching Obama, who subscribes to its ideals less than any president since Woodrow Wilson (and probably ever). As a result of his efforts, we now face the very real prospect of a reengaged citizenry leading America toward the higher horizon of liberty — or of an enervating consolidation of money and power in Washington the likes of which this country has never seen.
Thanks to Obama, advocates of limited government and liberty now have more hope than in 08 — and than we would have had, with all due respect, under a President John McCain. But we are now playing without a net. One electoral win — just one win — and ObamaCare and the Progressive agenda could be here to stay.
But President Obama is clearly beatable. A recent Gallup poll showed that Americans dont give him a 50 percent approval rating on any of the eight issues on which they were asked to rate him. A recent CNN poll showed that far more voters definitely plan to vote against him than for him.
Look at the recent reelection patterns. Jimmy Carter lost convincingly to Ronald Reagan. Reagan beat Walter Mondale in a rout. George H. W. Bush lost pretty convincingly to Bill Clinton (likely because Bushs profligate spending motivated Ross Perot to run). Clinton beat Bob Dole convincingly. And George W. Bush beat John Kerry narrowly.
Notice any common trends? Of the past five presidents, three sought reelection against weak opponents, and each won. Two sought reelection against strong opponents and lost. In four of the five races, the determining variable seems to have been the quality of the opposition. Only Reagan, who won 49 states versus the hapless Mondale, would almost certainly have beaten a strong challenger.
This time around, candidates who inspire similar levels of enthusiasm as Dole or Kerry (or McCain or Dukakis) wont beat Obama. But a strong candidate would. It is essential that the best candidates enter the race.
The class act of the Republican congressional delegation (House and Senate alike) is clearly the bold, articulate, personable Congressman Ryan. The most well-liked and respected Republican governor is Chris Christie. Both are dynamite in one-on-one confrontations. Both would shred Obama in a debate. Christie doesnt look the part, but as Noemie Emery has noted, there are advantages even to that. Ryan, a true believer in the founding ideals, is presidential timber. The question is whether either man will seize the opportunity at the perfect, needful time to reclaim those ideals — or whether they’ll only step forward once weve already passed the tipping point.
Too many Republicans fail to grasp the urgency of the moment. In addition to Ryan and Christie, Mike Pence, a telegenic, presidential-looking conservative, who would also appeal to both Tea Partiers and more establishment types, should reverse his decision and opt back into the race. Any Republican who thinks he or she might be the best, most electable, candidate should run.
Some say that Ryan, in his 40s like the victorious Kennedy, Clinton, and Obama, is too young– and Christie too fat. But watch Ryan here. Watch Christie here. Tell me you wouldnt thrill to seeing either of them onstage against Obama.
Yes, Ryan may be only a House member, but he is also the chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee, and where is the action right now? Lincoln, too, had only been a congressman. Christie may only be a first-term governor, but Obama was a first-term, back-bench senator. The fact is, Ryan and Christie are the best there is on Capitol Hill and in the statehouses. They are the men Obama doesnt want to face.
If that werent enough, Wisconsin and New Jersey would be nearly must-win Democratic states in a close election. Ryan and Christie, currently running one-two in a Tea Party straw poll, would put those states into play.
And make no mistake: this time around, every state counts.
Given the extraordinary decision faced by Americans in 2012, it is the profoundest understatement that its time for Republicans to put the varsity on the field. The finest candidates in the Republican Party owe it to their country, and to the ideals in which they believe, to enter this race with a determination to win. And the rest of us who love our country need to do all that we can to draft them into service. Through Facebook pages — here are Ryan’s and Christie’s — word of mouth, and civic interaction of all sorts, we must act now.
This is not the time for resigned cynicism. This is the time for victory — hardly easy, but surely attainable. As a great patriot in another struggle once wrote,
The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will [ ] shrink from the service of their country [but] the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly [ ]. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.
Let us value that great good accordingly. Let us act. Let us implore our nations best leaders to run for its highest office at this crucial time. We cannot afford to enter the 2012 election without having one of the best and the brightest atop the Republican ticket. Should they hesitate much longer, we must not hesitate to draft them into service.
Ryan would love the job, but he’s a realist. And people don’t want a technocrat as their president.
it will not be a two person race.
useful idiot gop will be paid to keep the primary as open as long as possible. see huckabee, thompson
obama will reuse the credit card fraud trick and our tax dollars via the unions to win.
Traveling and on my b-berry, but there were multiple press reports of it when the frosh revolted and pushed for the $100B cuts, rather than the lesser cuts Ryan was trying to stick to in his committee.
OK Mr. Anderson I watched yours and do believe it would be exciting to see either of them against the usurper...
now how about you watch mine and tell me you wouldn't get a tingle up your leg seeing THIS MAN against that little baby usurper.
I like Palin and Bachmann ... but THIS MAN is in a league all his own and is a proven leader and top notch complete conservative!
You beat me to it with all my dorking around. HE is THE ONE!
Ignoring a Grizzly will usually get you eaten by said Grizzly.
I love Ryan, but you can’t start with no money and win the nomination at this point. Palin/Rubio ‘12! Bob
When you think of a reality TV star, you think of Palin, but when you think of a president, you think of ... other candidates?
Real brave of you there to throw the stones and the snark ... and then run faster than Dems from Wisconsin when it comes to ACTUALLY NAMING YOUR MAN!
BTW, Ryan? Been in DC since college. Never held a nongovernment job.
Christie? Puhleeeese. The man is RINO Establishment through-and-through. On record, “I’m not a tea party guy.” On record, “I support Romney.”
Meanwhile those of us who are for Palin are NOT AFRAID TO SAY SO. And we know why. And we actually do our homework and provide resources to back up our support:
Where’s your work on behalf of the STILL UNNAMED candidate(s) you think of when you think of a president?
Allen West talks a great game, has a strong military career.
But just last week he caved on more spending cuts.
Let’s see what his record in elected office is, shall we?
Two months isn’t really enough to gage.
If the GOP doesn’t back Palin, it doesn’t deserve to win.
Mitt and his Romneycare damage the GOP’s chances just by his competing in the primaries—let alone if he were to get the nomination.