Is President Obama painting himself into a corner by expecting a bad economy when voters go to the polls next November? His campaign team has announced, in the New York Times, that next year their campaign strategy is to go negative.
Obama’s strategists have warned that they intend to say that, whoever the Republican nominee is, it was their party that led to the economic problems we now face.
That raises an important question: If the economy were doing well right now would the President be giving Republicans the credit?
Likewise, now that he is on record saying that if his latest jobs (spending) bill doesn’t pass Congress, the Republican controlled House of Representatives is to blame for the bad economy, or at least that part of the bad economy that he isn’t blaming on former President Bush.
But if the economy improves over the next 11 months, the Republican candidate for president can also run on the recalcitrant Congress by pointing out that stopping Obama’s policies made the economy better.
In fact, if Republicans had any moxie they would ask Obama this question: “If the Republican-controlled House was able to stop you from fixing the economy, why didn’t the Democrat-controlled House stop President Bush from wrecking it, as you claim he did?”
Such questions can undo Obama’s campaign strategy because it is a poorly rigged contraption that is mostly dependent upon the so-called mainstream media’s contribution being equal to or greater than it was in 2008.
It is secondarily dependent on a weak Republican candidate that will seek androgyny instead of clarity when it comes to explaining the difference between what the political left believes and what conservatives believe.
We frequently hear and read that presidential elections are won with votes from the middle that flow to the most moderate candidate.
There was only one moderate running for president in 2008 and he was beaten by a left-wing extremist, so someone should explain how nominating a moderate and running to the middle wins an election.
This is not the time for Republicans to “run to the center” where the political establishment tells us the votes are. This is a time for bold statements that clarify our national purpose, while appealing to the logic of voters and exposing the fraud of the Democrats strategy to have the people who take from the system decide how the people who pay for the system’s money is spent.
Republicans can start by explaining to a nation, many of whom have been previously inattentive, that all they hear about conservatives from the media and Democrats is a lie.
They are told by the left that success equates to “greed” and hope that no one notices that all of their schemes to redistribute the wealth always end with more power for them and less freedom for everyone else (except the political class who has the final say over who gets what).
A close inspection will reveal that politicians using the word “greed” use it as a weapon to gain power while robbing people of their rights to liberty and property. Power is the manifest greed of the political princelings of the Washington establishment.
The lesson of recent elections is that we cannot keep electing moderate Republicans. We can’t send moderates to negotiate with left-wing extremists in the Democrat party- the net effect is destruction of the Republic.
All we have gotten for electing moderates, like we are told we should, are solutions too small to fix the problems the left creates. For every pound of progressive destruction, we get eight ounces of cure, if that, from our side.
But we are told that we are not allowed to use words like “socialism” to describe the socialists in the Democrat party because that drives away independent voters, yet they call us names like “Nazi” and “fascist” and we call them “our good friends and colleagues.”
Then they win elections with a highly unpopular ideology – poll after poll shows that 40% of Americans identify themselves as conservative, while 20% identify themselves as liberal, and yet our Republican establishment tells us we must compromise.
This idea of sending moderates to negotiate with the far left has done enormous damage not only to the nation’s economy, but to the very idea of free market economics.
Compromise on everything from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to tax increases and regulation of the markets has led to a disaster, but instead of blaming the left, who have been negotiating us out of our freedom for the past 100 years, capitalism gets blamed instead.
So when we nominate the candidate the establishment tells us we must in order to win, we lose every time. They get most of what they want, and conservatives and capitalism get all the blame for the failures of those compromises.
Obama’s campaign strategy is to blame the bad economy on Republicans, but Obama can be defeated by putting his leftist ideology on trial in this election and explaining how it brought the economy to its knees.
But first, Republicans have to acknowledge that it was weak Republicans, in the interest of compromise, that allowed too much liberal poison to choke a once strong and free economy.