Finally bringing himself to acknowledge the fact that if the party fails to regain the White House in 2016 the Republican Party’s goose will effectively have been cooked, there still seems to be no let up in the ongoing assault on those of us who are conservatives or who identify with the stated goals of the Tea Party. The push still seems to be behind the establishment candidates, or, in other words, those guaranteed to lose. Look at any of presidential polls and it’s those guys who are consistently in single digits.
So according to Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus, the Republican Party is “cooked” if it fails to take back the White House in 2016. It was in a recent interview with the Washington Examiner that Priebus said, “We’re cooked as a party for quite a while if we don’t win in 2016.” But then he quickly adds that he doesn’t anticipate a disastrous election for the GOP because “history is on our side.” He said, “Our job as a national party is to elect Republicans, and it generally means House, Senate, presidential.”
And he went on to say, “However, I think that we have become, unfortunately, a midterm party that doesn’t lose and a presidential party that’s had a really hard time winning. We’re seeing more and more that if you don’t hold the White House, it’s very difficult to govern in this country, especially in Washington D.C.” Well maybe if those who won elections actually did what they promised to do it would be easier to win when presidential elections rolled around. And why do the Democrat never have a problem driving the bus without possessing the White House?
And in a Washington Post piece published Thursday and titled “The GOP was Right to Fear Clinton,” columnist Eugene Robinson said Republicans lack a “compelling” message on many issues. He writes, “How can government help the middle class? With a higher minimum wage? With a mandate for businesses to offer paid family leave? With assistance in paying for higher education, perhaps even free tuition at public universities? With trade and tax policies that encourage keeping jobs in the United States?” All wonderfully socialist ideas, but would accomplish little in getting the country back on track.
Robinson goes on to write, “The Democratic candidates understand that these are the issues people care most about. [Donald] Trump gets it, too, in his own bombastic way. A party that goes into the election without a compelling message on jobs and incomes — I’m talking to you, GOP establishment — is begging to lose.” But I would argue that the burying of our children under a mountain of debt, the economic destruction that has taken place during the last 8 years and the opening of the floodgates for illegal immigrants is a more compelling, realistic, albeit less socialist, message.
I think this election is less about the message than it is about getting people to listen. Because what’s keeping folks from listening is the number of promises made during the 2014 campaign that were broken. Promises to stop Barry’s insane spending, his assault on the Constitution regarding his illegal executive orders and the promises made to get rid of Obamacare. Not one promise was followed through on. Combine that with how the GOP rolled over in confirming Loretta Lynch and you come up with a lot of pissed off people who refuse to listen to what they see as the same old shit.
And to simply say you’re relying on history as the rationale for your confidence in being able to achieve electoral success is, I think, rather simplistic if not more than a bit naïve, or even foolish. Because what has effectively taken place in this country during the time since Barry first strutted his cool self into the Oval Office is that the playing field has now been changed to the point where using election trends of the past as your guidepost is no longer applicable. Historical trends of the past have become meaningless and to continue to rely on them is foolish.
Because the net result of having had Barry in office for what will have been eight long years by the time Election Day 2016 rolls around is that we will have millions more Americans firmly on the government dole, in some form or another, and millions of Americans who want to get their fair share and see voting Democrat as being their path to getting lots of ‘free’ stuff, so it’s hard to see any of these folks voting for Republicans who are less likely to give away ‘free’ stuff, who advocate personal responsibility and who want to get people back to work. Hell, who wants that?