Is the Republican Party out to kill itself?
I am perpetually bothered by the simultaneous lack of pragmatism and idealism in the GOP when it comes to campaigning this election.
Oh where to start?
(And let’s just ignore that I could get a whole blog off of all the Republicans who complained about the Tea Party that put them back in power in the House.)
Well let’s deal with Mitt Romney. Nothing this man does makes conservatives happy…which is odd as we have been saying for years we need the common sense and wisdom of the private sector brought to government (check), we need someone with character (check) we need a fiscal conservative (check) we need a foreign policy conservative (check) we need someone who will stick to their guns but make tactical concessions to achieve the larger goals (check again). His record and his words are everything we have said we’re looking for (I’ll admit that the reality might fail, but I choose to hope for the best). But somehow not only are liberals attacking him but our own party seems hell bent to do their job for them.
Now, as any reader of this blog is well aware I loathe the uberliberal RINO team of John McCain and Sarah Palin. Really hate them. Bleeding heart liberals and mindless populists who stand for nothing, every inch of them. But I remembered the 11th Commandment during the election and didn’t publicly hit them every chance I got. I had hopes of publishing Republicans & Reincarnation before the 2004 election, didn’t work out that way, but there isn’t a single word condemning either McCain or Palin because as much as I loathe them you don’t destroy your party’s brand and reputation over a single person. But Republicans right now can’t hit Romney fast enough.
Romneycare! A call which is ignorant of what was included by Romneycare and why Obamacare needs to go. I’d like to remind Republicans we hate Obamacare for not just the mandate but for all the aspects of it: the loopholes, the creation of the massive bureaucracy, the restrictions of freedom of choice, the worsening of medical care, the destruction of the private sector, the intent to turn us into a single payer system…it’s just the mandate was the easiest thing to attack it on Constitutionally. The only one of those Romneycare has is the mandate (in fact Romneycare was designed to stop the Massachusetts legislature from doing all of that)…but the mandate, you know, the mandate which is unconstitutional to anyone who actually is capable of reading the Constitution (Roberts clearly does not belong in that list) but actually fully constitutional at the state level. (This is even more ironic that the same people who hit Romney over the constitutional mandate at the state level, will also rightly scream about the federal government overreach in Arizona and that federalism demands that states have powers to act independently of the federal government….oh I see you only like federalism when it matches your beliefs…why are you a conservative again?)
Or “He raised taxes in Massachusetts!” No he didn’t. He raised fees (which is how a good libertarian and conservative government raises money) and he closed loopholes in the tax code (again something we conservatives want to do). Yes it would have been nice if rate reduction had accompanied, but the pseudo-socialism of trying to give breaks to certain groups but not others is just as evil as high taxes. Better only one evil than two.
I could go on but the fact of the matter so far is that any and all policy attacks on Romney at Bain, at the Olympics or as Governor turn out to be bullshit if you do the research.
But let’s get to the problems of Republicans saying he’s not campaigning hard enough, he’s not hitting Obama enough, he’s not on the attack. That’s right. Because we all know how history works. Did Reagan win against Jimmy Carter by letting Carter always put his foot in his own mouth and then just calmly going “There you go again”? No, he did it by attacking Carter every minute of every day and calling Carter out as the socialist and anti-Semite that he is. Oh, no, I got those backwards, Reagan ran a fairly low key campaign constantly jabbing Carter, but letting dim Jimmy do most of the work by constantly talking like the f’ing moron he is…you know, much like Obama is doing. In fact there are a lot of comparisons to be made between Romney and Reagan.
But is history enough? No. Why should Romney take a national holiday off to spend time with his wife and family, thus showing character, and regaining energy for the push of this coming month. Why should he take the day off when Obama once again humiliates himself by trying to use the 4th to push legislation no one wants. No Romney should have been on the campaign trail, “Get off the jet ski!” Yes he should be out there politicizing the 4th as well, thus mitigating how much of a jackass Obama looked like making statements about the DREAM Act on the 4th. Yeah that would have been brilliant. (And if Romney had been on the campaign I’m sure the same people would be bitching how a real man would spend the holiday with his MS stricken wife and family).
Or in perhaps my favorite move, from Breitbart.com, the site that praised Thomas, Scalia, Alito, and Kennedy as being defenders of conservatism for saying it was an unconstitutional mandate not a tax but chided Romney as not being a conservative for saying it was an unconstitutional mandate not a tax…you have this lovely hit piece ROMNEY WATCH: WEBSITE NOWHERE ON LATEST UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES (which I give you as a screen shot because this is just too good to have claims I edited it)
So, ignoring that Romney gave an almost immediate statement
This message was carried on C-SPAN, Fox News, CNN, Drudge, and RealClearPolitics…he made similar comments on Twitter and Facebook. So I’m not sure what the statement “Where is the Romney campaign?” Where are you nameless Breitbart writer? How did you miss all of this? “Meanwhile Obama’s campaign’s website, Obama’s economic plan is near the top of the page.”
Oh really? At the top I was greeted with an opportunity to share a meal with Joe Biden if I donate and I get a picture of Joe. I’ll pay you to keep the dumbfuck away, but not to actually meet him (unless I get to slap him for every dipshit thing he’s said during his term as VP).
Scrolling down I see more begging for money…
And then, I go up to the “Issues” category and find “Jobs and the Economy”
Now a look at Romney’s campaign…(a note I did not get around to getting these screen shots until 7pm Pacific Coast Time…but I will say this is the typical kind of stuff you will see on Romney’s site any day).
Hmm…on the top of the Romney page…yeah can’t see a “Jobs & Economy” plan anywhere (A. Yes it’s the forth slide in a series, but it is there if you’re even there for only a few moments B. This was there last week)
And if I scroll down a little (three things on the economy, one which, The Best of America, I know has been there since Wednesday)
And finally, yep the Jobs & Economic Growth in the same place, under the issues categories.
In other words, the Romney site is three time as blatant about the economic situation as the Obama page. (Not to mention he’s right about the economy).
Of course my favorite part of the Breitbart hit piece is” The jobless statistics came out nearly three hours ago. Voters looking for answers from Mitt Romney are going to go to his campaign website—“ Three whole hours. Wow, way to sound like a whiny liberal who needs instant gratification constantly. Yeah, because for a written piece we should consider what Obama said, construct a well thought out response that attacks it on points…but no, we need an immediate knee jerk prewritten general piece. Oh and I love how voters on Romney’s site don’t know how he will respond…you know because the 160 page plan with the 59 point plan and the 5 laws he will send to Congress and 5 executive orders he will sign (on day one) hasn’t been there since the early part of the primary…I’m so glad the writer of this piece has taken the last 10 months do his research and not found something that is staring him right in the face.
And to top it all off the Breitbart website let this trash be published without a name.
And you wonder why I think since Breitbart’s death his website has degraded into an MSNBC-esque Romney hit machine.
Oh, and to top it all off…
Then I was told by three people today that this morning’s review of how we stand in the Senate races was overly optimistic. (And two of them were Republicans!) I’ll grant you the optimistic part, but not the overly. I made the point that we could win all of the toss up states. Unlikely but not impossible. I pointed out a few races that were very likely but with the right set of circumstances (money, boots on the ground donating time and utterly demoralizing the opposition early) we could win them. With the exceptions of the extreme long shots I posted all the relevant polling data. I didn’t try to hide anything. I trust my readers to be able to read and make conclusions on their own. But apparently the “I’m overly optimistic “ thinks I should not show that we are in a position to win. Oh yeah that will work. Let me publish a headline. “Our odds of winning the Senate is maybe 30%” (Honestly, with the currents winds of change and Obama poisoning the Democrat brand, our odds of taking the Senate are around 90%, but you get the point) …but let’s go with that really cautious line. I’m sure that will bring out the money and the volunteers, I’m sure of that.
“Well that’s not a balanced and dispassionate look at things” I was told. This isn’t a balanced and dispassionate blog! I’m sorry if you’ve missed this, but the reason I write is to hasten the demise of ideologies I abhor. Until Communism, socialism, progressivism, Islamofascism, social conservatism, and isolationism have all been thrown on the dust heap of history ranking up there with Carthage as moments in history that not only failed, but failed with everyone involved being destroyed I will keep not being “balanced and dispassionate.” Now don’t read into that I have illusions that I currently have a huge following or great sway—I have no such illusions—but I’m a high school teacher, I’ve learned the value saving one mind at a time (in case you’re wondering my politics don’t come into my classroom).
I’m sorry but people have to believe that they CAN win. You have to be truthful, but tell them the good stuff. Don’t lie, but downplay the weaknesses…because anything dealing with human beings has the risk of becoming self-fulfilling prophecy. If the Republicans believe that they will win and that they have candidates who will wipe the floor with the liberal scum, then guess what, they’ll donate time, they’ll donate money, they’ll challenge friends and neighbors who insult their candidates and they’ll win a few converts along the way. However, if you just hit your own side and say that “you’re being overly optimistic” you’ll kill morale and prove that you’re right we can’t win, because if people believe they can’t win, they’ll stay home, keep their money and may not even vote.
But let me be clear about some facts.
Fact 1: Romney is a fiscal and foreign policy conservative and if you say otherwise you’re either ignorant, an idiot or a liar.
Fact 2: The Republican Party is in the position where it can win a majority in the Senate.
Fact 3: Put Fact 1 & 2 together and you have at least 2 years of very conservative policy and extreme economic growth.
Fact 4: That is worth fighting for. With words. With money. With time donated.
Fact 5: If you’re just going to naysay and complain and speak against Facts 1 & 2 you’re not helping.
I don’t know what is wrong with this part of the Conservative party that seems hellbent on self-destruction, but I do know I will not give in. We will fight and WE WILL WIN in November.