Congrats GOP Establishment. Now what?
You Beat the Tea Party.
So Why are You Still losing in the Court of Public Opinion?
A congratulatory message is in order for the GOP establishment. It has beaten back the tea party faction of the Republican Party in Senate and House primaries this year. (That would be the faction that provided the energy, manpower, drive and determination that put the GOP back in the majority in 2010).
In concentrating its cannons and millions on the tea party however, the GOP establishment has ignored the battle of ideas in the court of public opinion. Silence on that front is not a good political strategy.
Ask a patron of Walmart or Target or workers at a factory gate what the GOP stands for and you’ll hear democratic talking points—a price the GOP is paying for failing to pass its own version of health care reform, or tax reform, or immigration reform, or anything that suggests it has a few ideas on how to create new jobs or hike the living standard of the middle class.
Indeed, four organizations have conducted surveys testing the generic ballot since mid-July, including FOX, Rasmussen, CNN and Pew. All have democrats moving into a 2-4 lead. Even the ever eternal optimist Dick Morris is no longer sure the GOP will recapture the Senate.
Perhaps the architects of the GOP strategy will be proven correct—that the best way to win is by muting the dissonant voices of the GOP coalition, pronouncing their fidelity to the hate Obama caucus and passing around ‘Obama No’ buttons to their candidates.
But I don’t see the left emulating the GOP playbook, or trying to mute their most liberal voices, or silencing the discordant soloists in their choir. And right now they are winning.
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