Republicans in the Wilderness – A View from the Trenches
Earlier this week, Reince Priebus released the RNC’s “autopsy” report, which urged the Republicans take a more kumbaya style of politicking. There’s been hand-wringing, soul-searching, finger-pointing and an entire litany of “other” trying to dissect the 2012 election defeat. If Reince wants to know why the Republicans lost the election, he should look no further than the candidates and his own RNC. And let’s not forget the four million Republican voters who stayed home on election day, most likely due to principles, disgust or a combination of both. Thanks to them as well, that we’re stuck with Obama for another four years. That’s the view from the trenches here, folks.
Romney ran an awful campaign; there’s no other way to say it. He never defended his record at Bain nor even defined it. The average American was left with the Democrats’ definition of Romney, which wasn’t pretty. Romney’s one bright campaign moment was the Obama gaffe of “you didn’t build that.” That gaffe should have reverberated throughout the rest of the campaign, targeted not only for those who had already achieved their success, but to show other Americans just starting out, or restarting their lives after job losses, that with hard work and belief in yourself, you can achieve the American Dream. Instead, that gaffe only served to feed upon the Dems’ class warfare meme of “fairness”, those who really have versus those who have not.
Romney’s “47%” comment made at a “private” gather was also a self-inflicted wound, which would prove fatal. Did Romney actually believe that in today’s society of smart phones and other high-tech devices that he could appear in a “private” gathering without the possibility of being taped? Considering how both campaigns were already unfolding their arsenals, or at least one of them was, the Romney gaffe was inexcusable. The time he wasted on a charm offensive at the Convention should have been used to define himself and what the Party stood for, but unfortunately, after Clint, no one was watching anymore.
But let’s move on to Reince and Company. I was tooling around on the RNC website last summer. One of the sections checked out was the “Jobs.” Not good. The RNC had several postings for web developers written with the words, “to bring us into the 21st century.” Doomsday. Earlier that year, an article appear in Slate.com about the Democrats’ Narwhal. Comparing the two campaigns, the writing was on the wall.
We also had how many primary debates? By the time the debates were over, nobody in the Republican field looked likable to any average voter.
Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, other cases in point. As a woman, as a voter, I was offended by both. In Akin’s case, Reince & Co. should have paid their own version of a Luca Brasi visit to him, and we might have been able to salvage at least one Senate seat.
Now, we’re faced with the hooey report from the RNC. Reince, if you want the Party to be more inclusive and you want to win elections, the Party has to stand for something, and clearly communicate that something. Hilary indirectly announced her candidacy for the Presidency this week by announcing her 180-degree turnabout on the subject of gay marriage. Meanwhile, 49 million+ Americans are on food stamps, U-6 unemployment is at almost 15%, and gut instincts are churning wondering if the stock market is going to resemble the housing market bubble of 2008.
Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz are the current faces of the “new” Republicans, along with is he, or isn’t he, Chris Christie. However, someone is going to have to face Hilary, who is nothing more than a female Teflon Obama in a pantsuit. If any of these “new” Republicans win the Republican nomination and have a smidgen of hope of winning the White House from Hilary (and yes, I do believe she’s running — the only way she isn’t is due to death) then he better start writing his playbook now, because Obama’s last campaign will be remembered as a marshmallow compared to the one Hilary will run.
By the time 2016 rolls around, if those of us still working are not on our way to bankruptcy from the Obamacare taxes, haven’t been bullied into silence because we expressed dissent, or our children haven’t graduated as dumbed-down nimrods from our current educational system, we may yet have a shot at the White House. But that shot depends upon us, the voters, who still believe in the Constitution and the America that was built on perseverance, hard work, and freedom. An America, that as I watch today, is on the cusp of socialism in the name of “fairness.” It’s up to us to demand candidates, run and support candidates who reflect our views, and can communicate them. Then, Reince & Co. will see how naturally inclusive the Party can be.