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Obama & The GOP: Will They Ever Beat This Guy
Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Brian Birdnow

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 Obama’s 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 Obama’s “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 Party’s 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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: acultureoflife; barackobama; teaparty

1 posted on 02/24/2013 7:30:04 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

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.


2 posted on 02/24/2013 7:34:21 AM PST by ilgipper (Obama supporters are comprised of the uninformed & the ill-informed)
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To: Kaslin

rand paul 2016


3 posted on 02/24/2013 7:34:52 AM PST by Principled
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To: Kaslin
Will They Ever Beat This Guy

Let's see. Woth guys like Boehner as spokesman and lead negotiator...this has to be a trick question.

4 posted on 02/24/2013 7:35:21 AM PST by stevem
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To: Kaslin
“He (Obama) is free from the need to save an economy close to collapse,

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.

5 posted on 02/24/2013 7:35:52 AM PST by newheart (The greatest trick the left ever pulled was convincing the world it was not a religion.)
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To: Kaslin
The GOP will smack this obama up side his head come March 1, 2013 and they don't cave on sequestration.

One hell of a BIG “if” though!!!!!

6 posted on 02/24/2013 7:40:46 AM PST by paratrooper82 (82nd ABN Div. 1/508th BN "Fury From the Sky")
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To: Kaslin
How can you beat someone who has the whole US media infrastructure cheer-leading you and covering for you? We need to find a way to bring the media down. We need a storm of new legislation proposals to limit what they can legally do. It doesn't have to be "Constitutional" (look at the Left's attack on gun rights). Just a lot of proposals to keep them busy fighting them.

Who knows? Some might get through, and then they'll be busy trying to fight them in court (you know they would).

7 posted on 02/24/2013 7:43:32 AM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Principled

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.


8 posted on 02/24/2013 7:45:48 AM PST by jimpick
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To: ilgipper

“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.”
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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 can’t 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.”


9 posted on 02/24/2013 7:51:07 AM PST by Starboard
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To: jeffc

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.


10 posted on 02/24/2013 7:51:39 AM PST by plangent
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To: jimpick
The GOP is full of democrats and needs to be purged.

Has been for at least 60 years.


11 posted on 02/24/2013 7:53:27 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Kaslin

BUMP AND SAVE


12 posted on 02/24/2013 7:55:44 AM PST by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: jeffc

We need to find a way to bring the media down.
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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.


13 posted on 02/24/2013 7:56:13 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Starboard
We need to find a way to bring the media down.

Cancel your cable. Stay out of the theaters.

14 posted on 02/24/2013 7:58:27 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Kaslin
Obama & The GOP: Will They Ever Beat This Guy

What makes anyone think that the GOPe wants to beat Obongo.

15 posted on 02/24/2013 8:01:06 AM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (Republicans are to the Democrats as the Generals are to the Harlem Globetrotters)
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To: paratrooper82

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.


16 posted on 02/24/2013 8:05:43 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Kaslin

...................................PUPPET...........PUPPETEER
17 posted on 02/24/2013 8:14:40 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Kaslin

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.


18 posted on 02/24/2013 8:18:18 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: paratrooper82

“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?


19 posted on 02/24/2013 8:39:08 AM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: Cowboy Bob

It’s pretty hard for wimpy mortals to beat President Lucifer and his media devil dogs.


20 posted on 02/24/2013 9:42:37 AM PST by Rodm
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To: Kaslin

Q:
“Obama & The GOP: Will They Ever Beat This Guy?”

A:
No.

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...


21 posted on 02/24/2013 10:10:24 AM PST by Road Glide
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To: ilgipper

“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?


22 posted on 02/24/2013 10:11:38 AM PST by Road Glide
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To: Kaslin

Trick question, Right?

ya can’t beat ‘em if YOU DON’T FIGHT ‘EM!


23 posted on 02/24/2013 10:28:34 AM PST by Flintlock (WHICH SIDE)
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To: Kaslin

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.


24 posted on 02/24/2013 2:24:17 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Kaslin

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.


25 posted on 02/24/2013 2:33:16 PM PST by Trueblackman (As a Conservative, I am proud to be on the Obama's enemy list and on the right side of history..)
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To: Trueblackman

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.


26 posted on 02/24/2013 2:35:39 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Kaslin

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.


27 posted on 02/24/2013 2:37:29 PM PST by sport
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To: newheart

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.


28 posted on 02/24/2013 4:31:21 PM PST by H.Akston (It's all about property rights.)
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To: jeffc

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.


29 posted on 02/24/2013 8:35:04 PM PST by Terry Mross (How long before America is gone?)
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To: Principled

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?


30 posted on 02/24/2013 8:58:53 PM PST by Aetius
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