What makes our Beltway guys think they can compete with gloves on when the other side not only sheds the gloves but carries knives and guns? This is madness. This is maddening.
Moreover, to say that Republicans must decide whether to criticize Obama or to present an alternative agenda is giving a false choice. You can't separate the two. We can't possibly make the case for our own agenda unless we focus the high beams on the utter failures of Obama's policies, his lawlessness, his divisiveness and his virtual despotism.
What's the point of presenting an alternative to Obamacare, for example, if we don't spell out to the public just how horrendous this law is? What's the point of offering a pro-market, pro-growth agenda if we don't point out how terrible Obama's economy is and then tie Obama and his policies to it?
With all due respect to those who say the public is already aware of Obama's failures, where are you getting your information? He continues to have respectable approval numbers even though the public is largely opposed to his agenda. Our feckless, uncommunicative, unmotivated side hasn't made the case against him.
Nor is making a strong case against Obama's record "dirty campaigning." How silly. We have a duty to showcase his failures -- unless we don't really believe he or his policies are the culprit. But if anyone is so deceived, it's time for him to come out of the closet and go to the other side, where he belongs.
I read recently about how House Speaker John Boehner declined to state his position on immigration, saying he views himself as "a facilitator." Are you kidding me? He is supposed to be the GOP leader, not a mediator. National politics is an adversarial process, especially these days, and if our side holds back while the other side pushes the pedal to the floorboard, we'll get run over.
Come on, guys, take off your pocket protectors and put on your fighting gear. Quit spending all your time calculating, strategizing, number crunching and hand-wringing. Let's just start doing the right thing -- standing for the right things, communicating our message and calling Obama out without pulling punches -- and inspire voters to vote for us. Our prescriptions work, so let's quit acting ashamed of them.