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Hey, GOP: Embrace ‘We Told You So’

March 7th, 2014 - 1:50 pm

An eggshell-walking style of outreach — employed by the RNC since the left convinced mainstream culture that “conservative” means “fascist” — has been carried out by the Party despite it not having a smidgen of evidence in regards to its effectiveness.

You won’t see any tiptoes at CPAC; the convention offers plenty of bombast. But do note that much of it is emitted by those who, when exposed to a less-partisan audience, measure how tightly they can be seen embracing the Constitution. Mitch McConnell wouldn’t dare wave that firearm — and I’m suspicious that the specific firearm he chose was focus-grouped — in front of undecideds. Party leadership unfailingly goes with “avuncular” around potential new voters, despite being unable to back this decision.

When you have the truth on your side, get out the truth. If the truth isn’t on your side, switch parties.

I wager the swing-voter open to voting Republican will recognize the GOP’s wealth of correct pronouncements since 2008, whether they come from mealy leadership or Ted Cruz, and the average American open to voting Republican for a first time won’t reject the scorecard solely due to the manner of delivery. A person making such judgments wouldn’t be open to voting Republican.

Remind voters of the 2008, 2010, and 2012 GOP platforms, and dare them to find a flawed GOP prediction. Just one. Dare them to name just one successful Democratic prediction.

Or, fill them in:

– The GOP was correct about innovation and exploration being a wiser approach to energy than a full-scale implementation of wind and solar energy. Those approaches were taken throughout Europe, bringing Spain, Italy, and now Germany to the brink of collapse and an increased investment in coal. Meanwhile, U.S. free market innovation led to the fracking boom, a cleaner, safer means of extracting energy and a secure bridge to future energy innovations, “green” or otherwise.

The Democratic platform on this issue could not have been more wrong.

– The GOP was correct in its general rejection of bailouts and Treasury printings as the quickest means to an economic recovery. Yes, George W. Bush disagreed, but the majority of the Party rejected his opinion.

– The GOP was correct in its analysis of the Middle East as an area whose tumult is fueled by various strains of Islamic extremism and oppression rather than anger towards the U.S. or Israel. Later, the GOP was correct in its analysis of the “Arab Spring” as a Sunni Islamist uprising rather than a sudden embrace of Jeffersonian democracy. The scale of lost lives and crushed hopes of freedom due to U.S. failure to respond correctly is difficult to fathom now; the repurcussions will last decades.

– The GOP was correct in its analysis of Putin as an aspiring Soviet tyrant. (Yes, Bush was initially incorrect regarding Putin as well.) The hopes of millions of Russians have been crushed and the safety of Eastern Europe imperiled directly as a result of the Democrats “reset” policy.

– The GOP was correct in its analysis of Obamacare as a guaranteed failure, the source of increased costs rather than decreased costs, as a legally dubious law bound to create a Constitutional crisis, as the destruction of the doctor-patient relationship, as a tax on the young and the not-yet born. You name it, the GOP was correct about Obamacare.

The Democrats have rarely invested as much energy in a bill as they have with Obamacare. They treated it as the best idea they ever had.

– Sarah Palin demonstrably outsmarted the Democrats on every single issue she ran on.

Run on the “I Told You So” platform. Literally trot out quotes and video from the prior six years, and challenge voters to identify either a failed conservative prediction or a successful Democratic prediction.

The truth obliterates the Democratic platforms, so this should be easy, but the GOP never chooses easy.

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Telling leftist prigs that they were less astute and prescient than Sarah Palin on EVERY issue...will make their heads explode.

Putin is playing chess, Obama is playing hide and seek and Republicans are playing charades.

The Republicans never learned to play Pin The Tail On The Donkey.

Republicans are to messaging what Death Valley is to snowboarding. You can be handed the best equipment but you won't be able to do a damn thing with it. Republicans only get brave when they are shooting at each other.

On foreign policy, the right wing...has a left wing. Blame America First And Call Her An Imperialist Warmonger, sounds like Michael Moore and Sean Penn...but, it's the Paul/Buchanan wing.

The right wing has a middle wing. The go along/get along little dogies.

The right wing has a far right wing. Racists, skinhead, losers...a shrinking mass of detritus.

The right wing has a folded wing, in pious prayer. SoCons who sometimes don't wish to be touched by the impure.

The right wing has a broken wing. The above groups have not, cannot, will not coalesce to deliver a cohesive, coherent, articulate, well designed, well delivered message about the raging tyranny and the effects of treason and totalitarianism.

They just form another circular firing squad and blaze away.
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This all presupposes that that the Republicans actually want to win.
Why should they? Those in office get to complain and moan about how conservative they are, how powerless they are, and get to ask for yet MORE money because if they just had a "few more dollars" they could defeat those evil Democrats. All the while, they get to enjoy the perks of being in government office. They have theirs. THAT is why they hate the Tea Party. The TP wants them to endanger that party by either standing up and leading or getting out to the way.
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The problem with becoming the party of "We told you so!", or "We tried to warn you, but you just wouldn't listen!", is that people tend to resent anyone who has the temerity to point out the fact that they were idiots.

Nobody really appreciates being told that they did something stupid (like voting for "free stuff", knowing full well that somebody is going to have to pay for it -- as long as that somebody isn't themselves), and they tend to react badly toward anyone who insists on rubbing their foolishness in their faces.

So this approach is fraught with risk; proceed with caution.
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The GOP establishment is on a suicide watch. Screw up the 2014 midterms and we will enter one party rule, central government planning and control with a complicit media. The progressives will turn the USA into the old USSR, and will this progress. The GOP establishment will be to blame for their ignorance.
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If the GOP was a lawyer hired to defend me in a lawsuit, I would be strongly suspicious that he has sold out to my adversary. They are going to "pick" George Bush and whether they win or lose they are going to continue backstabbing the American people. Watch and learn: when they want to destroy true Conservatives then they grow a spine and they act really smart. But when the time comes to do the same to the Democrats then the GOP comedy of errors begins and they do the dumbest things.
If Conservatives want a Ronald Reagan in the White House again they will have to own the fact that there is a connivance in the body politic to harm American interests. The Tea Party has to become a real party no matter how complex and demanding the effort may be. And we got to get ready to kick some ass, hard.
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When I was reading about Reagan in the papers back in the Sixties, he was always described as a conservative and the press meant it as fascist. Then after he became president, even Democrats started calling themselves conservative. So the media began using terms like traditionalist to at least mean hidebound and opposed to progressives.
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Telling leftist prigs that they were less astute and prescient than Sarah Palin on EVERY issue...will make their heads explode.

Putin is playing chess, Obama is playing hide and seek and Republicans are playing charades.

The Republicans never learned to play Pin The Tail On The Donkey.

Republicans are to messaging what Death Valley is to snowboarding. You can be handed the best equipment but you won't be able to do a damn thing with it. Republicans only get brave when they are shooting at each other.

On foreign policy, the right wing...has a left wing. Blame America First And Call Her An Imperialist Warmonger, sounds like Michael Moore and Sean Penn...but, it's the Paul/Buchanan wing.

The right wing has a middle wing. The go along/get along little dogies.

The right wing has a far right wing. Racists, skinhead, losers...a shrinking mass of detritus.

The right wing has a folded wing, in pious prayer. SoCons who sometimes don't wish to be touched by the impure.

The right wing has a broken wing. The above groups have not, cannot, will not coalesce to deliver a cohesive, coherent, articulate, well designed, well delivered message about the raging tyranny and the effects of treason and totalitarianism.

They just form another circular firing squad and blaze away.
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"Pin the _Fail_ on the Donkey" FTFY.
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I wish I could give a giant "thumbs up" to the entire article. Well done, sir!
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I second that!
Very well done indeed.
20 weeks ago
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I genuinely don't understand why, once Obamacare became the Fiasco it is, the Republicans didn't get in front of the Government Shutdown.
Every time the Dems reference the Shutdown in a negative light, instead of running and Hiding, Republicans should remind people WHY they shut the government down.
"We tried to prevent this Obamacare Nightmare, we even shut the government down to stop it, but you didn't support us in that. Even though we told you this mess was coming."
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Seems as if the Pubs just don't have the confidence in conservative ideas because of the political winds that blow so strongly against them, thanks to the liberal-dominated mainstream media. They are also too preoccupied with being "politically correct" with the notable exception of the socons, who really should watch what they say for fear of being taken out of context on purpose (Mourdock, Akin, for example).

They have the good ideas but are still politically clumsy on a number of fronts. JMO.
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