Skip to comments.Waiting for the GOPís Populist Turn (Victor Davis Hanson)
Posted on 11/23/2012 10:27:43 AM PST by neverdemEdited on 11/23/2012 2:58:30 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
If thereís one thing Americans hate, itís an out-of-touch, elitist snob.
Dozens of explanations are circulating for why Mitt Romney and a number of Republican Senate candidates lost in the 2012 election.
The Republican Party is supposedly too white, too male, and too old. It purportedly does not reach out to minorities, women, and the young. Romney cared more about job creators rather than employees. The Republicans gratuitously picked social fights on abortion and homosexuality that needlessly alienated women, gays, and the young who otherwise might have supported its more important fiscal and national security agendas.
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“But to the degree that they nominate men of great wealth and substance, they must be savvy about not allowing them to be caricatured as out of touch plutocrats.”
VDH is right here, and to those who’ll moan that “the ‘media’ will do it anyway”, well, they didn’t do it to Bush I (in 1988 at least) or W, at least not sucessfully.
“In that sense, opposing blanket amnesty should not be seen as anti-Hispanic, but instead as necessary to ensure that the working American poor, especially unemployed African-Americans and Mexican-Americans, do not have their wages undercut by foreign nationals. Those who wait in line for a legal shot at the American Dream should not be discriminated against by those who cut in line ahead of them. Do we really wish for there to be a vast underclass of exploited green card holders rather than legal immigrants who come with enough skills to have a fighting chance to succeed?”
Bingo again, Vic. Argue that unfettered immigration is harmful to the American **working class** and you have a winning argumen.
“Solar and wind power should have been opposed, not just as Obama administration insider boondoggles and unwise investments, but also as diversions of resources from more exploration of gas and oil on federal lands, which is a proven way to give the unemployed jobs and to lower the cost of power bills and gasoline for average consumers.”
Again, brilliant. High energy prices hurt the American worker. Simple, effective and true. Gotta drum that one home.
Glad to see VDH is back on his game. He’s been acting shellshocked for a while.
“argument”, not “argumen”.
I’m not a fan of divide-and-conquer politics, but “the EEEEEEVIL 1% are now Government Employees and Union Executives” does sound mighty effective.
The fundamental word is: communication.
Reagan was called, “The Great Communicator” for a reason. He was. And mainly, he was the “Great Television Communicator.” When they aimed the cameras at him and tried to ambush him with questions, he quickly proved they had started a battle of wits unarmed. And it wasn't just that he defeated them, it was that he defeated them in language that the average sheeple could understand.
William F Buckley was certainly smarter, but there was no way the average sheeple could understand what he was saying. Reagan had the ability to look straight into the camera and connect with people from all walks of life. Our governor, Rick Perry, is at least as conservative as Reagan. But point a TV camera at Perry and expect him to speak off the cuff - A COMPLETE DISASTER.
What we need is not to turn or change, but rather to find somebody that can explain to the great unwashed masses what most of the people that post here already know. And year by year I despair, because I just can't see an even half a Reagan on the horizon.
The other thing about Reagan, was that his time in Hollywood served him well...not only learning about how to look good in front of a camera and speaking eloquently.....but he was literally in the Lions’ Den as well, and understood what made the enemy tick, and how to get flies with honey, instead of vinegar.
I enjoyed the same parts that you did.
High ranking Republicans need to get over their fear of working people and start talking to the working class of all races, in a way that relates to them.
For example, many of us here could walk into a bar and explain to working men of all races why immigration is a war on us, why is it that the GOP doesn’t seem to be aware of that?
Why after 60 years has the GOP still not figured out what immigration does to the non-wealthy?
How is it that the GOP rich elites, can’t even manage to win gasoline prices and heating arguments? How out of touch are these Romney/Rove types, that we don’t even know what the heck they are talking about half the time?
Regarding “divide and conquer,” tactics, we conservatives won’t be successful as long as we play “fair.” First of all, those who define what is fair are the enemy - the State-Run Media.
Our founding fathers didn’t play fair with George III back in the late 1700’s, and they won.
There can be no fair fight when it comes to Western Civilization vs the Godless Marxists.
And please do not think I am making that sound easy.
I used to own a company that produced business video programs. Often there would be a section where the owner or president of the company was to appear on the screen. It never ceased to amaze me how many times this dynamic, positive, eloquent owner became a babbling fool as soon as the camera was aimed at him.
That camera pointing at you is a scary thing, and there are only a certain number of people that just naturally have ‘it’ (unfortunately that scum bag Bill Clinton was one of them).
I just kind of figured that with this much time passed since Reagan, one more would rise up.
Reagan spoke from his core beliefs, and he had much exposure to normal Americans.
From a lower class childhood, a common college, saving lives on a river as a major lifeguard of the region, 8 years of rubbing shoulders in the military, Reagan knew a lot about regular joes, and while he was personally first generation successful, he remained true to his humble, old fashioned Americanism.
Reagan knew who he was talking to and about.
Me thinks Mr. Hansen has hit the nail on the head.
The GOP doesn’t have anywhere near the broad and deep dedicated work force of Marxist/Communist/Lenninist/Progressive/idiot fellow travelling activists in its stable as the Left does. For any election they can muster thousands even hundreds of thousands of willing workers to ring doorbells, dial phones, and go pamphletering. Most of the unions are in their service as are the large media outlets and universities. The task ahead is formidable...but doable. Wishful thinking is not a tactic. Sorry to say, Alinsky style Barack Obama type community organizing is.
I wish VDH was calling the shots at the RNC. Every time I read a column from him, I’m like, “here’s someone who really gets it.”
I would suspect that philosophically, many that voted for Reagan in 80 and 84, had serious differences with him....you simply don’t win with the kind of margins he had unless you take a lot of votes from people that are normally politically on the other side. So what was it? Winning the office frankly is a lot about likability........that explains why Obama’s likability gap over Romney mattered. It’s not just about being right on the issues. Not to diminish Reagan, but in many ways the battle for the Presidency is somewhat of a “beauty contest.” Fortunately, behind Reagan’s facade, was a lot of substance.
We need a candidate with some “sizzle to go along with the steak.”
I don’t know what that post was about.
What won millions over to Reagan was his social conservatism and strong national defense.
Americans reacted favorably to Reagan’s Americanism, by 1984 the nation was fully behind him and he swept the nation’s vote.
Romney was anti-Reagan during the period and even left the party and remains anti-Reagan and anti-conservative today.
Romney is foreign, exotic, removed, alien to Americans, the anti-Reagan with no patriotism, as his refusal to serve proved, in fact, he comes from an extremely anti-American family, which is how his father came to be born in their adopted country of Mexico.
When those good paying jobs promised by free trade are a reality, voters will vote Republican again. Right now Bush is a continuation of Hoover. Recovery never happened.
When times are bad people turn to government. Romney should not hold out any longer. He said he knew how to create jobs. Tell Republicans now and help them to win.
Time for the conservatives to take a play out of the democrat playbook and start some colorful demonstrations to object to these clowns destroying our nation. The GOP is useless and is going to watch the country go down.
There was one. His name is Fred Thompson.
It was too bad he didn't decide to run for President until after it was too late.