Somebody needs to rid us of these turbulent Bushes:
Mr. Priebus, in 2012 the GOP missed a HUGE opportunity to push out some more “diverse” faces to bring the message of liberty and smaller government to their communities. There is a sizable community of Black Republican/conservative bloggers who highlight that message every day. Many work in their spare time. Can you imagine what they would have been able to do for the GOP if there had even been a tiny amount of party dollars behind them?
We’ve already blown that opportunity but another one presents itself. As we begin to think about 2014 and 2016 we need to continue thinking about how we change our image. Exit polls showed that many minority voters liked Mitt Romney’s message but in the end did not feel comfortable voting for him because they didn’t “trust” him. We need to give them a reason to trust us.
I’m sorry, but throwing a rich white guy in front of a bunch of people who have been taught from kindergarten to distrust rich white guys is not going to cut it. I have a suggestion for a new strategy, and some people will not like it because it involves a few people getting out of the way and/or making room for new faces. Some people will have to decide if their status is more important to them than their country.
If I thought the GOP was interested in across-the-board reform, and not more interested in the party as such, I’d be more inclined to donate.
There may be some grand plan, some rationale, for what’s been going on the last couple of years. Hanlon’s Razor applies. But if the GOP has been incompetent, what a peculiar failure of imagination! Have the minds of all the GOP elites been so filled with Reagan quotes that there are no brain cells remaining to. . .carry out the basic capitalistic ideas that Reagan espoused?
This piece in The Hill strikes me as way too inside-baseball:
And for their efforts, Team Obama was roundly mocked. “Saturday Night Live” did a hilarious skit over the weekend that had the president trot out the Village People to show how deep the cuts would hurt. When they are laughing at you, Mr. President, you aren’t winning.
Read the whole thing. Here is the cheesy cold open clip. I did happen to watch it, and immediately was distracted, not merely by the typically inane SNL attempts at mockery, but the cast member in the dress whites. As a recovering squid, the non-attention to a proper uniform (What. Is. So. Hard. About. A. Square. Knot?) achieved a mission kill on me:
The GOP may be playing slightly better defense, but there is a substantial gap between fighting a running retreat and winning, despite the tone of The Hill. The little bit of crosswind that The Hill is talking about won’t be taken lightly by the White House, which is going to continue to attack, attack, attack, careless of whether anyone notices that frontal assaults are not exactly governing. The voters haven’t cared much in the past.
And then there is the Jeb Bush question. The blog won’t fault the guy for exercising his right to run for office, if he accepts the total lack of support from conservatives. Having invested so much of ourselves in the struggle to hold off the Progressive onslaught, and restore some capitalistic, representative flavor to our debt-addled government, the idea of Yet. Another. Bush. is a swift kick in the midriff.
If the task is to justify the Left’s attacks on conservatives as a sad pack of tools, manipulated by plutocrats, then I can’t think of a better way to go than “Jeb Bush 2016.” This is not an ad hominem attack on Jeb. He’s got as good a record as any, and a plethora of great qualities. Fine. I really don’t dislike the guy in the slightest. I’m just saying that Bush41 was in the Executive Branch from 1980 to 1992, and Bush42 from 2000-2008. If the United States of America is so thoroughly cratered that only a handful of families can produce Presidents, then the game is far beyond lost. We should just scrap the 22nd Amendment, and all of these oh-so-stressful campaigns and elections, and just call Obama ‘Pharaoh’.
So, full circle, I hope the GOP elites pulls its head out, and realized that the Obama is the end of Progress, and some other course is required. Our limited, federal, Constitutional government beckons, people.