Oh yuk. And, if you want to know why Gingrich is doing so well in the polls right now and Romney isn’t—look no further than this. The Republican establishment is pussy-footing and dancing around who Obama really is (a socialist at best) and there is a perception (right or wrong) that Gingrich is capable of playing hard and nasty in a fight the Dems are surely to wage ruthlessly.
A large percentage of Republican primary voters, as evidenced by the numbers that keep rising for Gingrich, believe that is what we need—a helluva fighter. We aren’t going to save this country with pedantic policy wonk ideas (although, ironically Gingrich loves his policy wonkish whirligigs!)
I’ve thought for years that the big problem with Republicans generally is that they just think their ideas of governing are so smart and sensible that they should prevail simply by stating them and people would fall into line—how could voters reject such commonsense?
The country class American isn’t interested in think tank ping pong. They know the millenniums-old basic concepts of the two opposing sides—communism vs. capitalism—and are ready for tackle football.
Here is the Yahoo story this week about how the Washington Republican ruling class sees the 2012 campaign:
Republicans on a private Republican National Committee conference call with allies warned Tuesday that party surrogates should refrain from personal attacks against President Barack Obama, because such a strategy is too hazardous for the GOP.
“We’re hesitant to jump on board with heavy attacks” personally against President Obama, Nicholas Thompson, the vice president of polling firm the Tarrance Group, said on the call. “There’s a lot of people who feel sorry for him.”
Recent polling data indicates that while the president suffers from significantly low job approval ratings, voters still give “high approval” to Obama personally, Thompson said.
Voters “don’t think he’s an evil man who’s out to change the United States” for the worse–even though many of the same survey respondents agree that his policies have harmed the country, Thompson said. The upshot, Thompson stressed, is that Republicans should “exercise some caution” when talking about the president personally.
In my opinion he is exactly that and what we need to do is get the average voter educated on who Obama is and what his goal for the country really is.
National Review Online author Michael Walsh (commenting on the same news from the Yahoo insider) thinks so too! Go for the knee caps! The bully/crybaby Left is going to whine anyway!
Thanks to the many commenters who opined on yesterday’s “Stupid Party” post. One thing that’s been misunderstood by some, I think, is my exhortation to take the fight to Obama — who, by the way, is most assuredly taking the fight to us on every level he can — and bring down his “personal popularity” numbers. This does not mean, as some straw-men builders have posited, that we should attack him ad hominem, which is a favorite tactic of the Left, and then just leave it at that.
But since it’s that same Left that’s been telling us for years that “the personal is political,” we should not shy away from making the point that Obama is his policies. If you don’t like his policies, you don’t like him. Look, no matter how our side goes at Obama, the bully/crybaby Left is going to whine that it’s “personal,” so why let them preempt any discussion of the president’s many and manifest failings of both philosophy and character?
As Obama famously said, this is their time, this is their moment, and they’re not about to let it go without a fight.