When my friend Hugh Hewitt starts bashing the Republican “leadership” as spineless jellyfish largely AWOL on the most important issues of the day, you know we have reached a crisis point:
The Speaker’s and Leader’s staffs, however, don’t show any obvious signs of understanding the new media order or the relentlessness of the president’s program. The president or Vice President Biden uses every day to push their agenda forward and belittle or divide the GOP. Every day. Yesterday the Obama machine, supported by its permanent allies in the Manhattan-Beltway media elite, acted to get the focus off the Hagel and Lew nominations and the Holder hold-over and they used Joe Biden and his “executive order” on guns to do so. Today will see a different part of the carnival throwing up different aspects of stories or new story lines altogether.
Yesterday, as the day before and the day before that, there was no sign of any GOP leader anywhere, on the nominations, on the “executive order” on guns, on the key nominations. No appearances. No statements. Just crickets.
Those crickets would be the American people, just itching for a fight with Obama and the Democrats but finding no one to lead them. If the conservative ranks seem dispirited in the wake of the last election, it’s not because we lost — it’s because we didn’t fight. Didn’t pay the slightest attention to Churchill:
We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender,
Instead, somebody named Willard Mitt Romney pretended to run for president in a dozen states or so, predictably lost, and vanished back to his little shack in La Jolla, leaving not a trace of his candidacy except the holes in the GOP donors/suckers’ wallets.
That’s why the abortive coup against the pathetic speaker of the House, John Boehner, was at least a little bit encouraging. The only reason the Republicans kept control of the House in the last election was that “the people’s body” is now so gerrymandered in the GOP’s favor that even Boehner and his crew couldn’t completely botch the job, although they did manage to lose seats in an election that shouldn’t even have been close. But that would have presupposed a viable candidate, a resonant message, and a media operation not run by Eric Fehrnstrom.
I hate to break the news to you, but it’s probably already too late for the GOP adequately to prepare for the 2016 campaign. A mobile media pushback team needs to be in place now, to even begin to neutralize the Democrat-Media Complex, that revolving door of Harvard grads who rotate between the MSM and the leftosphere, and whatever Democratic administration is currently in power. Those seething donors, played for fools yet again by Karl Rove and the krack kadres of GOP kampaign konsultants, need to channel their anger and their cash elsewhere.
Otherwise, go ahead: nominate Jeb Bush, let him campaign vigorously in Ohio and Florida, and see how well that turns out.