Was it the strange comments of these two candidates that derailed potential Senate GOP gains, or was it that the GOP establishment enthusiastically joining the Akin-Mourdock firing squad, much to the glee of the democrats and the media? Think of all the offensive and vile comments that spew from DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida Congressman Alan Grayson, or even Harry Reid. Hell, consider that the featured speaker at the Democratic National Convention was a disbarred lawyer and alleged rapist. Did the GOP give them worse than they gave Akin and Mourdock?
The Democrats always close ranks. They rarely, if ever, abandon their own. They never apologize. You never doubt they will fight fiercely for their principles, whether abortion rights, gay rights, gun control, higher taxes, environmental regulations, and an ever-expanding state. Yet it’s hard to tell what Republicans would go to the mat for, if anything. This explains why they failed to mount a successful campaign to take the Senate.
Think of how the election might have been different if the GOP had nationalized Senate elections by emphasizing the coming Obamacare train wreck and the fiscal dereliction (and law-breaking) of Harry Reid and the Democratically controlled Senate. The last time the Senate passed a budget, there were no iPads — voters get messaging like that. Too bad the GOP discovered it after the election.
Strategies like messaging, refusing to accept prevailing DNC-media narratives, and taking the initiative on upcoming policy battles seem never to occur to the GOP. It’s simply not in their worldview.
Sessions concluded by stating that both sides will likely agree to sequestration, and that there is a strong possibility of a government shutdown. And if history is any guide, the GOP will have no messaging strategy in place to deal with any potential fallout.