Feb 26 2009
Want to know why DC is out of touch? They are absolutely clueless about how to connect, rally and communicate to America. Check out this disturbing new ‘strategy’ from the GOP DC elites:
I just got off the phone with a very plugged-in Republican strategist who told me that Republican reaction to President Obama’s speech, which the party will roll out in the next few days, will mark the beginning of a new GOP approach to opposing the president’s initiatives.Â (No, Bobby Jindal’s ineffective response was not part of that new approach — everyone seems a little embarrassed about that.)Â The Republican leadership in the House has concluded that in the stimulus debate, the GOP succeeded in dominating a number of news cycles but failed to score any points on actual policy.Â That, the leaders believe, has got to change.
“You’re seeing a major doctrinal shift in how Republicans are going to focus all these debates,” the strategist told me.Â “The key is to focus on winning the issue as opposed to winning the political moment.Â If you win the issue, people will think you are ready to govern.”
And how bloody long did it take these Einsteins to figure this one out? Are you telling me ‘the plan’ has been all these years to win news cycles, ignoring the need to build a coherent policy position which America could swing behind and support? Are they telling me they just realized media moments are not enough to win praise from hard working Americans? Wow, what a an incredible revelation!
Oh lord, I cannot tell you how many people in DC and the Federal Government think like this. To them process and steps using simple tasks can tackle any challenge. Sadly it is a sign of incompetence, a combination of lack of expertise and imagination. They cover their inability to do something with they busy work of a checklist.
Instead of facing the challenge (defining common ground which will unite Americans who lean conservative from the Blue Dog Dems to the almost pure right) these people have been focused on getting a few more seconds of air time, a few more words in print.
Ugh – and they wonder why they are wandering in exile! H/T Gateway Pundit