Skip to comments.George Will: Take Congress, not White House
Posted on 03/02/2012 6:28:27 AM PST by KansasGirl
Columnist George Will says the 2012 presidential looks like it might be a lost cause for Republicans and believes that the primary goal of conservatives should be to retain control of the House and win the Senate so Congress can restrain President Barack Obama while the GOP grooms its talent for 2016.
Romney and Rick Santorum are conservatives, although of strikingly different stripes. Neither, however, seems likely to be elected If either is nominated, conservatives should vote for him, Will writes in his upcoming Sunday column, obtained in advance by POLITICO.
However, Will argues, that control of both house of Congress is more attainable and more important.
[T]here would come a point when
conservatives turn their energies to a goal much more attainable than
electing Romney or Santorum president. It is the goal of retaining control of the House and winning control of the Senate.. [C]onservatives this year should have as their primary goal making sure Republicans wield all the gavels in Congress in 2013, writes Will.
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
The German General Staff thought the same thing. It’s a matter of historical record. They thought that they could control Hitler. Didn’t turn out that way though.
If Republicans keep control of the House and win the senate, they will take the WH also....Has it ever happened where a party takes over a chamber in a presidential year and not win the white house?
Obama MUST be defeated, as he’s demonstrated his contempt of Congress and the Constitution, by means of his various end runs, edicts, and czar appointments, which flout the will of Congress and the Constitution.
Exactly... we need to ignore this “we can’t win” propaganda and take the WH!!! This is desperately important and certainly doable.
If Obama actually respected the Constitutional separation of powers, this argument would be valid. As it is, he’s already shown he will happily run roughshod over it and the Republicans don’t have the backbone to stop him.
Because that idiot Will sits on George Stephanop’s lap all day.
RINO surrender monkey
Fortunately, the great mass of Americans will ignore this defeatist screed.
Yes, but nothing is normal this year.
I’m just glad this nonsense was written by a guy who lost his credibility years ago.
Will wants MCCONNELL and BOEHNER to control Obama?!?!?!?!
They AGREE with Obama!
Has George never heard of down ticket voting? If he truly believes nobody would show up to vote for a president, well they won’t be there to vote for their congressman either.
Its looking increasingly likely that I’ll go to the polls to vote in the downticket races only.
If we win, what have we won?
Romney is almost as bad as Obama.
The Republicans will do the same thing they did the last time we had a majority. They will screw it up.
Yeah I know cynicism is a terrible thing, but we don’t have a lot to work with here. Republicans may slow the downward slide, but they won’t stop it. Our only real chance is with Gingrich, and he isn’t going to be President.
RINO RINO RINOALLTHE WAY!!
(Shut up, you!!, make way for your Betters!)
Please go away, George. A real conservative at the top of the ticket could sweep both bodies.
Wrong - vote for someone for President ... even if you have to cast a write-in vote for Noneof Theabove.
Yeah! Helping Obama to a second term is a great idea!
Maybe you could also hold your breath until you turn blue.
Didn’t Michael Steele two years ago say there was no reasonable expectation of taking the House, either?
These are the same pundits who thought Hillary and Giuliani would be pitted against each other in the 2008 race. We haven't had a blow-out presidential election in quite a while. This will be no different. A few percentage points on either side will make the difference, and it is way too early to make the kind of comments Will is making.
many polls have shown Obama losing different candidates, and gas prices are just rising. What’s he thinking?
[ A real conservative at the top of the ticket could sweep both bodies. ]
That is what’ makes it so frustrating!
I haven’t been able to figure out where Will is coming from for some time. He was a big backer of Gov. Daniels who decided not to run. He was also an early backer of Gov. Pawlenty. His wife worked on the campaign of the Gov. of Texas (And we saw how that worked out). He doesn’t seem to like any of the current candidates, so I guess he has just thrown in the towel.
George will is so busy trying to sound smarter than everyone else that he has turned into an idiot.
[ Believing in yourself is a huge part of winning ]
Which explains Politico gleefully reporting this, but why is Will saying it?
One again...Rush is right...
he has said that this has been the “elite Pubbie” plan all along because they KNOW nominating Romney will be McCain all over again...true conservatives will sit the election out...
"Obama's driving us towards the cliff at 100 mph" is not a good reason to vote for someone who will only drive us towards the cliff at 80 mph.
My vote goes to the person who will lock-up the brakes, if I can find one.
“DEMOCRAT columnist george will”
They could at least start the lie with the truth.
SOME ADDITIONAL PROOF THAT RUSH LIMBAUGH IS RIGHT ONCE AGAIN which he is 99.87% of the time.
Don’t RINOS such as Will care that the Manchurian President Obama would have 4 more years to stock our judiciary with lifelong appointment Progressive, Anti-Constitutionalist appointees to rule over our lives?
George Will is a miserable DEFEATIST at best and, very likely, a progressive himself posing as a conservative.
Lotsa luck with that search. I’m with Levin - I will vote for an orange juice can over Obama.
The problem with this is that Obama does not recognize any REAL legitimacy beyond The Revolution.
He can work with Congress when Congress does what he wants. When Congress does not, he wars on the opposition and does what he wants by other means.
George Will (and Mitt Romney, +/- Rick Santorum) do not recognize the dangerous person who calls himself “Obama”. The intrinsic power of his office, plus his loyalty to non-American and anti-American forces, make it very very unlikely that any Congress can exercise any power to counter The Revolution, aside from removal - which, if Obama has just been reelected, will not occur.
November 6 is a real now or never moment.
Anyway, if gas hits $5 per gallon in a few months as they predict, Obama will have extreme trouble remaining in office. Too many people get pissed off about the price of gas.
If the DC GOP bumbles the easiest White House victory in 30 years, we either remove the leadership entirely and replace it with conservative activists, or we leave and go third party. The fact that they might not even win the White House against one of the greatest human disasters in the western hemisphere in a hundred years is absurd.
I have always stuck with the party, and we must stick together to remove Obama, but the fact that so many beltway insiders are constantly of the mindset that we just ‘let Obama’ win is despicable.
There is a point to be made that it just never works out well for the USA when one Party has all the enchiladas. Politicians need to face checks and balances.
Obama will merely bypass congress and they will let him. He needs to be defeated now.
Agreed, I would never leave the slot blank but I sure as hell won’t be voting for Romney. After all, a vote for Romney is hardly better than voting for Obama outright.
In fact, maybe we should get started now on encouraging people to write in Gingrich and Santorum if Romney is the nominee. They won’t win but maybe the voice will be loud enough to rattle the GOPe
we really need to do both, take the congress and the white house.
Obummer has already demonstrated he can and will circumvent the congress to achieve his goals.
Someone is going to take the oath of office next January, and it sure as hell can't be Obama. Sitting out or going 3rd party places Obama in there. Any one on our side will be light years better. Of the one's left standing, we have to vote for the best one. Four years of Obama means Kagan will be one of the moderates on the court and more endless executive branch trampling of the constitution with no recourse for four more years.
We have elected some great House members and conservative Senators and we'll need to keep the pressure on them to fight for the people that put them there, and not crack to the pressure of the party poo-bahs. There work is meaningless with a marxist megalomaniac in the White House.
With the POS still in the WH, all will remain ops normal. Obama will still get his nominees onto the courts and his legislation will still move forward... and forget any hope of Obamacare repeal. The GOP is simply too timid to face him head-on.
I won’t vote for Romney either - I’m with you. The country needs Gingrich right now. Pray for a miracle.
Who knows? He's a columnist, and has to write opinions for a living. He predicted last year that either Pawlenty or Daniels would be the nominee. In my view, if any of these people were that accurate they could have made lots of money betting on the outcomes. I highly doubt any of them would bet significant money on their predictions.
Too much is being placed on the impact of gas prices. Obama's already pushing for higher taxation on the oil companies. With the mood of the country morphing into class envy, he'll exploit it into an "us-vs.-them" mindset vs. "Big Oil." Also, a well-timed, albeit token, drilling approval, along with an SPR release will drop those prices significantly enough to fool the sheep.
Remember... American voters as a whole are not critical thinkers. They act based on what they see at face value.
Just yesterday it was reported that EMPLOYMENT among Youth was at 54%.
That's where we win.
That's Greece levels of unemployment in this country for a major demographic. That's Obama kicking his former supporters in the teeth.
They will never forgive him!