Skip to comments.New Conservative Strategy, Part Two
Posted on 01/18/2013 3:50:06 AM PST by Evil Slayer
Take small victories; engage the grassroots; go viral before the State of the Union.
As outlined in a column earlier this week, Republicans/conservatives should try to outmaneuver Barack Obama and his leftist allies via a new strategy consisting of guerrilla tactics, constantly keeping Obama on the defensive, combined with a re-crafting of how conservatives communicate our principles.
Conservatives have proved inept at managing crisis-atmosphere brinksmanship, but we can consistently win smaller skirmishes and ward off societal disaster long enough to outlast the Democrats current hold on the Senate and the White House. Its not that budget-cutters in Congress are wrong, for instance, to try to use the debt ceiling and other legislative deadlines to extract new savings from a spendthrift president; its just that they talk tougher than they can possibly deliver, when they should be willing to take small gains, build credibility, and then keep coming back for more.
But while its time to play, and win, some short-term small ball legislatively, its simultaneously time to begin a bolder, more aggressive long-term plan to limit government, promote economic growth, and (via mostly non-governmental means) salvage American culture from its present decline.
That effort should begin (as indicated but not fleshed out in the previous column) with a slightly modified resort to Ronald Reagans old playbook. Reagan the candidate made great use, repeatedly, of half-hour TV buys, where he would explain at length, but simply, what his proposals were, why he believed in them, and how they would affect individuals and families at a personal level. This once was a familiar political approach but because it has been so long since anybody has tried it at a national level, it would be enough of a novelty that, if announced with enough fanfare, it surely would attract a lot of
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>>Republicans/conservatives should try to outmaneuver Barack Obama and his leftist allies<<
Republicans and Conservatives are NOT the same. In fact, the Whigs HATE Conservatives as much as their counterparts on the other side. In a Star Wars analogy, Conservatives are Jedi Knights while the Whigs are allied with the Emperor Palatine Barack and his Darth Vader on estrogen, Harry Reid.
He has some good points.
The current approach of brag, bluff,fantasy lines in sand , symbolic votes, humiliating cave and then circular firing squad with endless wailing (”Bohner sold us out again”) is not working, except
to empower Obama.
“Its not that budget-cutters in Congress are wrong, for instance, to try to use the debt ceiling and other legislative deadlines to extract new savings from a spendthrift president; its just that they talk tougher than they can possibly deliver, when they should be willing to take small gains, build credibility, and then keep coming back for more.”
Just so. A party can’t employ brinksmanship as a negotiating strategy unless it has the voting public solidly in its corner. The GOP do not.
Quinn rightly perscribes a concerted effort to argue persuasively in support of conservative fiscal, economic and, to a lesser degree, social ideas and educate skeptical voters about GOP proposals. This is the most sensible strategy I’ve seen from the Right in a long time. My only quibble is that You Tube would be a more economical and effective means of getting the word out. No one will watch a 30 minute informercial outside of the context of an election cycle unless they already are pretty motivated to do so. A TV buy will be much too expensive. The same bang for significantly fewer dollar could be achieved using a functionally free internet medium.
I been trying to explain that point here on many of these crisis posts and offer suggestion on how to proceed by countering O on messaging to try to win these and..
I get some crap for it by the crazies, but also some rational replies too.
There are many here who just claim the GOP needs to forget about voters (forget the Senate and WH, who needs them?) and just blow things up, blame Obama, and then of course when the GOP gets the blame and loses more seats they would just blame the MSM again, assuming it would go that far, not blame their own stupid ideas.
Goes like this : 'If only someone would challenge Bohner to do that dirty job of holding out till O caves no matter what ...., guess we must kill the GOP first before we can go after O', this seems to be their big plan.
One was giving me grief yesterday so I did a bit of comment digging and found that before the election he was posting repeated text around that this country was dead and he didnt care who won control of congress or the WH, said 'this country is not worth fighting for anymore', now he demands Bohner blow everything up, which NO Speaker would do .
The GOP will not win another presidential election or other major election if they dump the conservative base for Amnesty Liberalism/Hispanic Votes.