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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

GOP and the media

The GOP is in a tight spot. They always are. The media is never, ever going to represent them fairly or accurately, and members of the GOP elite all know it, but try to get good coverage anyway, which means caving and cowering. Take this, for example. Prominent GOP leaders are throwing Romney under the bus rather than admit the GOP has a messaging problem because of the bias inherent in media coverage! Cozying up to the media is NOT going to solve America's problems.

Here the GOP is trying to avert economic disaster by dispelling thousands of dollars in taxes on middle income Americans and businesses (leading to more unemployment) by getting some real and future-providing entitlement reform, and the Democrats will have none of it. Yet what do we hear? What Democrats and their pals in the liberal media want us to hear.

These "fiscal cliff" talks end with the same old Establishment Republicans willing to cave on taxes rather than seem inflexible to the press (even though it's always the Dems who end up getting what they want - always). Grover Norquist had this to say about the "No Tax Pledge" during an interview (follow the link for the entire exchange):
I understand why Harry Reid is trying to personalize this … What Harry Reid doesn’t want to say is that the American people don’t want their taxes raised. They elected a Republican Congress opposed to raising taxes. and I, Harry Reid am at odds with the American people … First of all, the promise on the pledge is to the American people. What I’ve accomplished with Americans for Tax Reform is to make it easy through the pledge, for elected officials, candidates and incumbents to credibly commit that they won’t raise taxes. Corker was elected to the Senate because he took the pledge and people thought, maybe he was too moderate, that he wouldn’t make it, but he made that written commitment to the people of Tennessee. He would not be a senator today if he hadn’t made that commitment. If he breaks it, he’s going to have a conversation with the people of Tennessee about his keeping his word. And the same thing with other people who are elected because they made that written commitment to the people of their state. I vote in Washington D.C.. The people that Corker promised or Chambliss or Graham promised are in their state. They haven’t promise me anything. They promised the voters of their state that they would go to Washington and reform government, not raise taxes to pay for Obama’s bigger government. They need to focus on reforming government, not on raising taxes to pay for bigger government each year. And it’s a lot of work. It’s not easy, but throwing up your hands and saying, “I don’t know, maybe I’ll raise taxes instead of governing” is not the way to go.
Remember this, as we go forward. The GOP, with its major messaging problems stemming from the nature of liberal media, needs our help. Short of a PAC advertising and telling the truth about what the GOP is trying to do, we the people need to be the ones talking to people around us and calling our senators and Congressmen and enlisting the involvement of the community, otherwise we'll be stuck with tax increases and no spending cuts just like Obama and the Democrats want and the majority of Americans do NOT want. Tax increases alone will not solve a perpetually growing government budget. That takes cuts. Look at Europe - they're having exactly the same problem since they aren't cutting spending!

UPDATE: See also Failing Negotiation 101: How Republicans are losing the fiscal cliff battle over at Breitbart. It's a deeper look at this same topic.


  1. Saw you at RedState. I agree, but SuperPacs, etc. are great, but they've not been working so far. We need new media sources, more reporting—we need a ton of stuff that takes time. But there are some simple things we can do now. I had a few suggestions at Ricochet. Will have more in a while. (So much to write, not enough time.) We need to move to hand to hand debate. Ideas here:
    If you aren't on Ricochet and need access, let me know and I'll send you an invitation.

    1. Thanks! Great ideas (here and there). I completely agree with your philosophy (since it is my own!) and will give some thought to the few suggestions you have that I do not currently practice.

  2. Yes, it's time for the GOP to realize they will never be the popular kids in Washington and the media, and compromising your principles will only make you look foolish. I can only imagine some wanting to rubber stamp the Dems efforts so that when it fails, the GOP won't be blamed as usual. Another foolish move though, as the left will always find a way to blame the GOP for every problem. After all, they just blamed Bush for the years 2007-2012, despite a Democratic congress and senate in place during Bush's last years (and will probably continue to do so til the end of time)!