“I kept saying the same things, and after a while the country came around.” – Ronald Reagan
As I’ve said, here at JBdotC we try to space out the people we talk aboot and it’s not that I particularly want to write aboot Newt Gingrich every other day. But my man writes so much that I want to share with people, he’s hard to keep up with. Today’s piece comes from a relatively new website, The Conservatives.
It’s funny, Mike Murphy (one of them Republican strategists) said back in January that if President Obama stayed to the center, Republicans would be out of power for a quarter century. Instead he went hard left, and we find ourselves looking at another conservative comeback.
But what’s fueling it? Newt looks at three things that have caused a “perfect storm” if you will…
1) The economy is so weak that people want straight talk about creating jobs. Since by 59 percent to 21 percent the American people believe business tax cuts will create jobs better than government spending this concern about jobs is becoming an increasingly ‘antileft’ phenomenon (the opposite of what the left expected).
2) The world remains dangerous and the Obama administration’s confusion between fighting in Afghanistan, releasing terrorists, and trying to punish those who have been defending America is beginning to arouse great anger among the national security wing of American life.
3) The radicalism of the Obama-Reid-Nancy Pelosi team has aroused a level of suspicion unseen in the last 40 years. The intense reaction to the president’s plan to talk with students (something both Reagan and George H W Bush also did) is a reflection of the intense hostility to radicalism which is building in the American people.
He’s also seen this happen before…
After President Lyndon Johnson exploited a temporary victory in 1964 to push through a liberal program the Republicans rebounded dramatically in 1966 and then in 1968 Richard Nixon won the first of 10 elections in which being defined as an explicit liberal (George McGovern, Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, John Kerry) was a guarantee of defeat.
After Jimmy Carter won on a non-ideological reform candidacy and then failed to solve the nation’s problems (leading to a malaise speech and a repudiated presidency) Ronald Reagan spent 1977 to 1980 explaining the failures of liberalism generally and Jimmy Carter specifically and setting the stage for a decisive change in American domestic and foreign policy.
In 1993-1994 we watched the left throw away a great opportunity. By offering a clear positive alternative in the Contract with America we were able to win an astounding victory at every level from state legislature to governor and Congress. President Clinton only survived by tacking to the right, signing welfare reform and agreeing to a balanced budget, with the first tax cut in 16 years.
I’ll be honest, I’m feeling a lot better aboot our chances than I did at the beginning of the year. The questions remains is, how will we managed to screw it up?
I kid, I kid.