RX FOR A GOP WIN IN 2016: GIVE OBAMA WHAT HE WANTS
November 30, 2012
At this juncture, looking ahead to 2016 I see very little hope for the GOP. The times have changed. So has the culture. We are officially in the "Give Me" mindset: government dependency, welfare receiving, nanny state. The takers are equal in number to the makers and by 2016, the makers will be the minority.
Having said that, the question now becomes: "Is there any way the Republicans can ever recapture the Senate and the White House?"
The answer is yes! How? Go tactical!
Two things the Republicans must do and admittedly the first one is going to be tough, given the primary and caucus system in effect. First, the GOP cannot not, MUST NOT put a white man on the ticket; not for President, not even for Vice President. The one thing liberals have effectively put in the minds of most Americans is that politics is cosmetic. With the so-called "War on Women," "War on Immigrants," and the continual cry of racism, the Democratic Party is the party of everything, everyone, every special interest. White men need not apply.
Accordingly the GOP must nominate a Latino, or an African-American (male or female) and he/she must choose a running mate of the opposite sex. Plan and simple.
The second thing that Republicans must do is find a way to hang an albatross around the neck of Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress. Though I have some fundamental quarrels with what I am about to suggest, I must confess that the tactic I am about to propose is certainly going to be painful.
Having watched and listened to the negotiations – if you can call Republicans negotiating with themselves while Obama still hasn’t put a plan on the table “negotiating” – about the “Fiscal Cliff” for weeks and it’s time for the GOP to stop before Lucy pulls the football away… again.
Here’s the reality: Obama is willing to go over the fiscal cliff instead of giving on tax hikes because he knows the GOP will get blamed for whatever happens if a deal isn’t reached. Republicans simply don’t have the skills to pull off blaming it on Democrats. They also don’t have a complicit media to help explain the reality of who is really holding the economy hostage (aka Obama).
Also, if the GOP agrees to tax hikes in exchange for something else – like entitlement reform, but only the promise of reform which we know will never come to fruition – they will predictably get slaughtered for “caving” instead of compromising, which is actually what they’d be doing. Again, the GOP doesn’t have the skill or a complicit media to explain how they compromised while Obama and Democrats didn’t.
We have to fight with the army we have, and right now we don’t have an army. Not in Washington DC, at least. There simply aren’t enough conservatives in positions of power to make anything that would actually work to fix the economy happen. Basically, it’s Paul Ryan and a couple dozen Congressman and Senators who have anything remotely close to a long term solution, but Ryan is the only one with a leadership position and he can’t do squat with Harry Reid as Majority Leader in the Senate.
So what do they do? They’re stuck in a no-win situation. The answer is simple: Give Obama what he wants. All of it. Don’t negotiate. Just say “Put your plan up for a vote and we’ll pass it. You will own everything that happens moving forward. We’ll do it your way.”
People are saying that even if the GOP did what I just said they should do, they would get blamed for the disaster that will ensue. I disagree. Democrats and the media will TRY to blame them, but they will discredit themselves in the process. Obama will have gotten everything he wanted. We know it will fix nothing and probably make things worse, but the GOP will have no part of crafting the bill. Make Democrats do it all. The GOP should just show up and vote for it. Any attempts to claim the GOP influenced the bill, and thereby sharing in the blame, will be debunked by the facts. There will be no way to say “well, this could have worked if only…” because the GOP will not have changed anything. There will be no magical alternative out there that “could have been if only the GOP hadn’t stopped it” line anymore.
Now, this part is the tricky one. From the moment they pass the legislation Obama wants, they must be disciplined in pointing out that every failure of this new law to fix the fiscal and economic problems it was meant to fix was a Democrat / Obama idea. The GOP must be diligent in highlighting how they had zero impact on the final version of the bill. Everything Obama and the Democrats wanted went in without opposition from the GOP. Obama and the Democrats own every single line on every single page.
Over and over and over again, the case will need to be made that the GOP washed their hands of the matter and let Obama and the Democrats have their way to avoid the fiscal cliff. Did you lose your job because of the higher tax rates? The GOP had nothing to do with it. Oh! Are prices higher for everything? The GOP had nothing to do with it. What’s that? Federal revenues didn’t go up? Ask Obama about that, he’s the one who said they’d go up. Etc. Etc. Etc.
It’s time for the country to face the reality of Obamanomics. It’s going to hurt like hell. Some people will never blame Obama and the Democrats for the pain, but they will be in the minority.
A diseased organ or a cancerous tumor has to be excised or it will kill. If the surgery is performed, the patient suffers a lot of pain, but as time goes by and the healing process continues, with the right amount of therapy, the pain eventually goes away and healing takes place.
Yes, I'm saying to the GOP "bring the pain." Yes, I saying to you, my dear readers, "buckle your seat belts and hold on to your hats."
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