Now Begins the Real GOP War on Obama

Now Begins the Real GOP War on Obama

Story tools

Comments

A A AResize

Print

Share and Email

 
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell was blunt. He flatly told the National Journal, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." But for McConnell and company, leaders of the mainstream GOP and Tea Party insurgents alike, to get their wish, two things had to —have to—happen.

First, the economy has to take a complete nosedive in the final two years of Obama’s first term. The maxim “it’s still the economy, stupid,” trumps every other issue and concern with voters. In fact, exit polls on Nov. 2 showed that it was jitters over the economy and frustration that Democrats don’t seem to be getting a handle on the economic woes that spelled doom for the party. But no one can tell where things will stand with the economy in the next two years. So that issue is still very problematic in terms of predicting the 2012 presidential race.

Unfortunately for the president, and much to McConnell's glee, the second requirement for the GOP to have a chance at knocking off Obama in 2012 was to grab back Congress, and that always meant only one thing—the House. The Senate was never crucial. All the GOP needed was to bump up its numbers in that chamber, and with the collegial, clubby, arcane rules of the Senate, a few more Republicans there will be all that’s needed to stymie key administration legislation and initiatives.

A GOP-run House, though, is a much different animal, especially one with a pack of new, Tea Party–backed House members. The GOP/Tea Party crowd has never bothered to pay lip service to the standard talk of cooperation, working together, and bipartisanship that usually accompanies the end of an election. They will stall, dodge, and effectively check any initiative and bill that President Obama proposes. The GOP will turn around and try to paint the administration as hostile, confrontational, ineffectual, and a promoter of gridlock.

GOP leaders concocted a masterful strategy to grab the House. The ploy was this: appear statesmanlike, pragmatic and thoughtful. That meant playing down the GOP's stock inflammatory wedge issues of abortion and gay marriage. At the same time, they had to try not to look like they were capitalizing on fringe issues, such as the short-lived battle over the "Ground Zero Mosque" and Obama's birth certificate and religion. They had scotch any talk of repealing the 14th Amendment and avoid openly renewing the battle over health care reform. Then had to play relentlessly to the two major fears and concerns of Americans: the economy and government spending. In the process, they had to stress openness and flexibility. This made it appear that the GOP was prepared to take the political and principled high ground and shed the image of itself and Congress as a deal-making, clubby, disconnected, alien presence that a majority of Americans now hold in contempt.

Next, they had to clean up the GOP's horrible image as a party that let its House members run wild and engage in influence-peddling, campaign pay-offs, tax cheating and bribery. Cue the solemn pledges to be vigilant and hawk-like in policing Congress and to crack down on ethics violations by Democrat and Republican lawmakers alike.

GOP leaders also remember what happened they took back the House in 1994. They were roundly assailed for doing everything they could to shut down government by blocking then President Bill Clinton's spending programs. Those tactics backfired. Democrats hammered House Speaker Newt Gingrich as petty, vindictive and hurtful to the country for orchestrating the House budget standoff with Clinton. The odor and backlash to the gOP’s actions almost certainly contributed to Clinton's re-election in November 1996.

In short, the goal was this: Craft a moderate, conservative blueprint for change that casts GOP leaders as wise, visionary, and defenders of the public pocketbook. The hope, of course, was to prod the base to turn out in big enough numbers to swing potential cliff-hanging races to GOP candidates and incumbents. GOP strategists were careful not to say and do anything to raise warning flags that a GOP-run House would be mean-spirited, extremist and hateful of Obama. That would have simply stacked up more ammunition for Obama and the Democrats to blast the GOP as unfit to lead.

GOP congressional leaders tested parts of the strategy by keeping strict silence on the mosque flap and the 14th Amendment controversy. They focused their campaign prep talks on the economy. In the end, the GOP banked that public anger and disgust at the Democrats, the dropping approval numbers for Obama, the traditional gains the party out of power makes in mid\term elections, and the stagnating economy were enough to make voters see the GOP as the sensible alternative to an allegedly profligate spending, ethically challenged, much-too-liberal House and Obama administration that's way out of touch with American voters.

Sadly, the GOP plan came off perfectly. Now begins the second part of the war to make Obama a one-term president.

 

Comments

 
Anonymous

Posted Nov 3 2010

So, if they, in the house continue to obstruct actions to improve the economy, Won't people blame the Republicans? It seems they are in a catch 22 situation. People voted for the republicans because they thought that they would improve the economy.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 3 2010

the GOP have thrown themselves into Obama's hand by taking over the House. they now need to co-govern,step up to the plate, come up with their own agenda instead of portraying the Dems as big spenders and unable to fix Bush's economy mess instead of simply being the Party of No.
They will have to bring rationality to the House despite the gridlock, a willingness to help the American people and if they don't, Obama wins in 2012.
It is also the end of the Palin's circus tour which helped galvanized their crowd.

Toshia Anable

Posted Nov 7 2010

Outstanding, We already talked about that yesterday. Great to find out we think the same. This oneis a really good sports betting site also. Maybe we can get together and do this right.

Erik Hammar

Posted Dec 12 2010

Yeah i did look at it, that house washing looks great. That pressure washing company in Knoville does a really good job.

escort berlin

Posted Jan 7 2011

I like your blog.

mineraline kosmetika

Posted Jan 8 2011

An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

vyriski kvepalai

Posted Jan 8 2011

Great beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your site, how could i subscribe for a blog site? The account aided me a acceptable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided bright clear concept

kvepalai

Posted Jan 9 2011

Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

dicke titten

Posted Jan 10 2011

I like your blog.

Kvepalai pigiau

Posted Jan 23 2011

We're a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your site provided us with valuable information to work on. You've done an impressive job and our entire community will be grateful to you.

Rosetta stone spanish

Posted Jan 25 2011

Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass' favor.

Rosetta stone language

Posted Jan 26 2011

If you're still on the fence: grab your favorite earphones, head down to a Best Buy and ask to plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which one sounds better to you, and which interface makes you smile more. Then you'll know which is right for you.

cookbooks

Posted Feb 9 2011

After reading this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this post together. Once again I find myself spending way to much time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!

web design milton keynes

Posted Feb 11 2011

Just thought I would leave a comment to say how much I enjoyed this read. Quality blog!

discount adirondack chairs

Posted Feb 12 2011

Thanks for sharing these helpful news with us.

where does justin bieber live

Posted Feb 16 2011

Must say that on this subject matter I really do have to take sides with your point of view.

profesjonalny hosting dedykowany

Posted Feb 22 2011

very nice post, i certainly love this website, keep on it

Tyson F. Gautreaux

Posted Feb 22 2011

Hi, this can be a great website. I'm invariably on the lookout for websites like this. Maintain the nice effort!

wicker furniture clearance

Posted Feb 28 2011

Thanks for posting these awesome news with us.

tani hosting seo

Posted Mar 1 2011

An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

Gala Obie

Posted Mar 2 2011

Hullo there,This can be my own oldest example I pioneer aimed at your website and candidly, your place are web situation having lots of facts that we mortal not read preceding to that. I most testament register along with bookmark your diary, because it simpler for us in the futurity statesman and have kind new accumulation articles that you upright position. Senior but not slightest, what can My partner and i mentioned is satisfy move on the web writer mainly because I am knowledgeable this mythic website use a advantage as healed as wonderful longish .,Save it up!! Major transmute.,Appreciate it.

Catheryn Caneer

Posted Mar 3 2011

Hullo there, This good of web webpage is real stimulating and activity to examine. I'm a immense friend from the substance mentioned. I also help from learning the opinions, but uncover that alot of ought to remain on essay to try and add worth in the path of the underivative weblog activity. I'd also exhort each and every man or woman to necessitate of this web writer for a desirable agree to ply extend the pretending.

Jimmie Callum

Posted Mar 3 2011

Greeting there,This can be my own real position measure I found aimed at your website and frankly, your parcel are web position having shape lots of facts that we individual not record to that. I most give show along with your journal, because it simpler for us in the ulterior once much and feature name new collection articles that you honorable occupation. Penultimate but not smallest, what can My relative and i mentioned is delight hap on the web writer mainly because I am alert this website use a unspoilt as wellspring as wonderful weeklong constituent.,Protect it up!! Zealous acquisition.,Revalue it.

swine flu symptoms

Posted Mar 3 2011

Hey! Just wanted to say how much enjoyed reading this.

Andrew A. Sailer

Posted Mar 3 2011

This blog post receives a 2 thumbs way up from over here.

california reverse mortgages

Posted Mar 4 2011

The new Zune browser is surprisingly good, but not as good as the iPod's. It works well, but isn't as fast as Safari, and has a clunkier interface. If you occasionally plan on using the web browser that's not an issue, but if you're planning to browse the web alot from your PMP then the iPod's larger screen and better browser may be important.

how old is justin bieber

Posted Mar 5 2011

Hello, just wanted to let you kow how much of an interesting read this was. Look forward to the next installment.

hosting dedykowany

Posted Mar 7 2011

This really answered my problem, thank you!

najlepszy seo hosting

Posted Mar 7 2011

very nice post, i certainly love this website, keep on it

profesjonalny seo hosting

Posted Mar 7 2011

This web site is really a walk-through for all of the info you wanted about this and didn't know who to ask. Glimpse here, and you'll definitely discover it.

Shellie Kawaguchi

Posted Mar 7 2011

Innocent Guru, what you to definitely call an article. This article was extremely unputdownable, especially since I was trying to feel ideas on this matter Thursday.

Vania Mullenbach

Posted Mar 7 2011

This is a that is comfortably put unitedly. Most of them you see out there don't person any worthwhile good thing on their parcel. Convey you for lucid and apothegmatic details.

mac

Posted Mar 12 2011

This article is awarded a thumbs way up from over here.

bronzer on

Posted Mar 12 2011

Not a unhealthy article, did it take you plenty of your time to think about it?

shellac

Posted Mar 16 2011

I like that

crackle polish

Posted Mar 17 2011

I likethat

zero friction marketing

Posted Mar 17 2011

It is rare to come across an experienced person in whom you will surely have some confidence. In the world nowadays, nobody absolutely cares about showing others the way in this matter. How happy I am to have definitely found a really wonderful blog as this. It's people like you that make a genuine difference currently through the suggestions they share.

I ran across

Posted Aug 8 2011

I really like the stuff you put in here. Very suitable information. Consider yourself saved.

Disclaimer: Comments do not necessarily reflect the views of New America Media. NAM reserves the right to edit or delete comments. Once published, comments are visible to search engines and will remain in their archives. If you do not want your identity connected to comments on this site, please refrain from commenting or use a handle or alias instead of your real name.