Republicans should take a page from Obama’s playbook, do what they think is right, use all the leverage at their disposal and stop worrying about the electoral consequences. If they learn anything from Obama’s victories, it should be this: Voters reward conviction politicians who fight for what they believe in — even when they disagree with them. Pandering does not work.I think the article overlooks two important facts: (1) the lamestream media has provided Obama with a smokescreen for the last four years, which has, at critical moments, hidden his true intentions, the likely (and unpleasant) results of his policies, and his ideological radicalism; and (2) pandering, of one kind or another, was an important component of Obama’s victorious campaign. Nonetheless, I believe Thiessen is correct in the overall thrust of his argument: Republicans should start standing their ground, defiantly and noisily, and stop wasting time and undermining their own position by playing small ball. Of course, for Republican politicians to be able to do this, they need to believe passionately in America’s tradition of individual liberty and limited government – which means the Party needs a considerable transfusion of new blood.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Marc Thiessen says Republicans should be more like Obama. The money quote: