Skip to comments.Obama & The GOP: Will They Ever Beat This Guy
Posted on 02/24/2013 7:29:54 AM PST by Kaslin
The current political wisdom as expressed by the deep thinkers at the Washington Post and the New York Times holds that President Obama stands triumphant and, as such, he is now confidently setting the national agenda. As E.J. Dionne wrote in the Post last week, He (Obama) is free from the need to save an economy close to collapse, from illusions that Republicans in Congress would work with him readily, from the threat of a rising Tea Party movement, and from the need to run for re-election. Is that a fact? Today the economy shows an 8% unemployment rate, which is higher than at any time during the Bush years, the President has dismissed Republican calls for compromise on budgetary issues, Second Amendment questions, and immigration policy, and it remains to be seen whether Obama will seek a third term through executive order, but no matter!
The current wisdom further holds that the Republicans suffer from a lack of leadership, a non-existent strategy and no rising stars. Here, the liberal chattering classes are on firmer ground. The GOP, thrown into a funk by the dismal outcome of the November elections, is now stumbling and committing the same type of errors that caused them to forfeit public confidence in the first place. Sometimes defeat offers opportunity. TH readers of a certain vintage will recall that the 1992 election of Bill Clinton as president served as a beneficial wake-up call to a Republican Party that had grown complacent and stale. The GOP tabbed a human dynamo named Haley Barbour as their national chairman, and rebounded strongly, confounding their critics in the prestige media. Today, however, we see little evidence of this happening as the Republicans have fallen into internecine warfare, with the various factions pointing fingers and blaming each other, and we must endure the likes of Kathleen Parker preaching the eulogy at the graveside of the conservative movement.
What can be done to prevent the GOP from falling back to the status of the 1970s, if not actually becoming a museum piece of historical curiosity? In the short term the Republicans can privately concede to themselves that they have lost the initiative and, while they reorganize the Party and identify a program and leaders they must fight a stout rear guard action, preparatory to taking the offensive. They have a blueprint for this strategy right in front of their faces, if they look for it. It consists of making public Obamas agenda as outlined last week in the State of the Union message and pointing out the flaws, evasions, and errors in the Democratic design for establishing a European style social democracy in America. While the Republicans attack the Democratic vision, they must, in point-by-point fashion, propose an alternative strategy based on an aggressive free market approach. This will effectively draw a distinction between the two Parties and give voters a choice, not an echo.
The GOP can start this off when Obama conjures up the liberal bogeyman of global warming, by referring to the Clinton-sponsored Kyoto Protocol and its preposterous restrictions as evidence of the liberal approach to climate change. The Republicans can also adroitly shift this argument from global warming to American energy independence by pointing out that prosperous societies can more effectively manage to control harmful emissions than impoverished ones. If someone questions this thesis they can ask the Russians, Bulgarians, Chinese, and North Koreans how well they are doing in this sphere.
When Obama derides the Republicans for their obsession with the deficit and a $4 trillion federal budget, the Republicans can point to the two balanced budget plans they have drawn up, and they can continue to impress upon the minds of their fellow citizens the staggering nature of a $4 trillion dollar budget, and a $1 trillion dollar deficit. Turn the tables on the President by an aggressive push on this one.
When President Obama attempts to posture himself as the champion of the middle and working classes the Republicans need to point out that the tax increase of January, in the form of higher payroll taxes was a Democratic initiative. The President could have pushed for a renewal of the payroll tax cut, but discarded that idea in his single-minded obsession for new and higher taxes. The GOP must become the Party of lower taxes again, and right away. They must stress this in every speech, position paper, and public forum. When the Democrats and their media allies play the class warfare card and carp about tax cuts for the rich the GOP must answer immediately and ask all of the working class who are now seeing smaller paychecks if they think of themselves as rich.
In the same vein the Republican can attempt to instruct the public as to the deleterious effects of the looming Obamacare disaster by pointing out the huge numbers of workers who are seeing their hours of work sliced and diced by employers who fear the new Health & Human Services mandate that anyone working over thirty-six hour weeks qualifies as a full-time employee and must be accorded full benefits. The reduction in employee work hours and the use of temporary help to pick up the slack is exploding now and once can see this especially in the universities and in the hospitality industries. The Republicans must tie this disturbing development where it belongs, which is squarely around Obamas signature achievement.
One more Obama initiative should be addressed. He tossed one more idea into the speech, as a throwaway applause line, concerning a new goal of making high quality preschool available to every child in America. The opposition should point out that failing government run schools rarely provide this service to elementary and secondary students, but Obama thinks that the nation should expand a failed product to a wider clientele. The GOP should compare this to the Ford Motor Company deciding to extend the production run of the Edsel. They should propose, instead, to offer a full tax deduction for parents who choose to send their children to private/parochial preschools.
It is undeniably true that in politics, unlike boxing, counterpunching is rarely a strategy leading to victory. The GOP must, however, employ this tactic while they hammer out a new game plan reflecting current realities. They must identify new leaders who possess true ability and must eschew a simplistic appeal to racial or ethnic background. While it is certainly appropriate to debate the Partys future the appointed spokespeople must avoid needless backbiting. (No more Party of Stupid foolishness from their own, if you please!) Finally, the Party must develop a coherent message and drum this home relentlessly. Let the Grand Old Party return to its older roots as the Party of self-reliance and freedom once again by becoming the vehicle of ideas. Offer the country a proud free market approach rather than the European style socialism that even the EU community is now admitting has failed. Admittedly, this will be harder to do in the bare-knuckled world of politics than in the pages of Townhall. Still, the GOP must react quickly, lest they lose Congress in 2014, and sink back to the position of a permanent minority Party consigned to the political wilderness such as they were in the 1970s. The Republicans need leadership and a program. Those of us who vote Republican insist on nothing less.
Obama was beaten in 2009 and 2010 when the people rejected his agenda. When the DC party infrastructure took control of the narrative in 2011, Obama regained his footing and our party tumbled again. The same DC infrastructure ran the party from 2001-2006, and failed dramatically with significant majorities and the White House. Yet, we are supposed to listen to them and bow to their greatness.
rand paul 2016
Let's see. Woth guys like Boehner as spokesman and lead negotiator...this has to be a trick question.
Just once I would like to see one of the talking heads on TV ask if perhaps he is free from the need to save the economy because his goal is to collapse the economy. Based on what he is doing now and what he has been doing for the past four years, I can come to only one of two conclusions: either he is a colossal idiot the likes of which the presidency has never had, or his destruction of the economy is intentional.
One hell of a BIG “if” though!!!!!
Who knows? Some might get through, and then they'll be busy trying to fight them in court (you know they would).
The GOP is full of democrats and needs to be purged. We need to get back to a agenda like Coolidge put in place. It created the roaring twenties and restore the rightful place of the Constitution. If the GOP had anyone who cared about the country they would do the same thing. The country is ready for it as the Teaparty showed in 2010. We don’t need more of the Dems agenda like the current GOP is putting forth.
“The same DC infrastructure...failed dramatically with significant majorities and the White House. Yet, we are supposed to listen to them and bow to their greatness.”
Failure is the natural order of things for Republicans. They are, by and large, content with being bystanders just watching the show, albeit from good seats. The real players on the field are the Democrats. After all these years of repeatedly falling victim to the Democrat playbook, why cant Republicans figure things out? I guess they really are the Stupid Party.
In order to defeat your opponent, you have to be smarter and stronger than they are. There is no evidence that GOPe is ever going to rise to this level.
The Republican motto appears to be: To get along, go along.
Getting close. Forget Obama. Go for the Dems in the Senate and show off Dem blunders across the country. Obama just doesn’t care what is said about him. We’ve got to bring down the foundation on which he stands.
Has been for at least 60 years.
BUMP AND SAVE
We need to find a way to bring the media down.
For starters, the Republicans need to attack them at every turn and expose their treachery. The media is corrupt and predictable: it will hammer Republicans no matter what they say or do. So....why not go on offense? What is there to lose?
There has to be a total committment on the Republican side to do this, but I honestly don’t have any optimism that will ever happen. Republicans are just too comfortable in their natural position in last place.
Cancel your cable. Stay out of the theaters.
What makes anyone think that the GOPe wants to beat Obongo.
Expecting the GOP to suddently become winners is, I think, a bridge too far. They keep looking for Democrat fumbles to advance the ball, but they never score any touchdowns.
Over the past 4 years, the GOPe was constantly saving Obama from himself. Every time Obama screwed up, and he began to implode, the GOPe stepped in and gave Obama a “win,” thereby saving his butt.
If the GOPe had just stood firm one one issue, Obama would have blinked and collapsed. but, the GOPe would have none of it. They always came to Obama’s rescue.
“and they don’t cave on sequestration.”
I have been paying attention. The gop-e has caved to the bimbo on everything else. What would make you think that they won’t cave again?
It’s pretty hard for wimpy mortals to beat President Lucifer and his media devil dogs.
“Obama & The GOP: Will They Ever Beat This Guy?”
If Obama is to be “beaten”, it will be because he slips up and defeats himself.
But the Republicans seem to have neither the ability nor the will to do the job...
“Obama was beaten in 2009 and 2010 when the people rejected his agenda.”
Pray tell, what part of his “agenda” has been rejected since then?
Trick question, Right?
ya can’t beat ‘em if YOU DON’T FIGHT ‘EM!
If the GOP continues to support Amnesty, support Obama on the Eligibility issue, and cave into Obama’s big government schemes....the GOP is toast. No Real Conservative will waste their vote on a liberal GOP.
The GOP establishment has lost to a flaming Marxist twice and rather than embrace the Conservative Principles that have brought them victory in the past, they now talk about running left of those principles.
I don’t think there are enough conservatives left.
Every year 2.5 million (mostly white, 65% Republican) voters dies off, replaced by (almost entirely minority) > 70% Democrat voters.
The GOP is not intrested in beating obama. The GOP is intrested in destroying the Conservative movement. This is where they will direct all their enegries.
There are people out there like Krugman and other usefuls who really believe that since we are the world reserve currency, there’s no limit the amount of money we can print and debt that we can take on and still not have inflation and not have a catastrophe. They don’t see Greece as our future, they see possibly Japan at the worse. They don’t see California.
Bingo! It doesn’t matter what the plans are if the people either don’t hear them or hear a bastardized version.
We can boycott the advertisers but apparently they’re getting government or Soros subsidies.
Has Rand Paul gone fully liberal on immigration yet? He once expressed support for something of a moratorium on legal immigration in exchange for legalizing illegal aliens. Has he completely abandoned that reasonable position as part of the great GOP Hispanic panic? If he’s as sharp as his supporters say, then surely he doesn’t think for one second that his small govt ideals will appeal to Hispanics and other immigrant groups.
And when he’s talking about taking a different tone on social issues like gay marriage, can’t he least throw a bone to conservatives and say that states that have chosen to ban gay marriage (like Kentucky) should never have that decision reversed by judges?
I want to like Paul. I think he could be a refreshing voice, and a good addition to the discussion, especially on avoiding bloody nation building campaigns. But it really sounds like he has embraced unending mass immigration, which is completely at odds with his small govt philosophy. Does he not see that importing millions of big government consumers will make reducing government almost impossible?