Rich Galen

-- Health care - being anti-Obamacare is not enough;

-- Education - the public primary and secondary system is collapsing before our eyes and higher education is becoming affordable only to the children of the wealthy.

-- Government spending - the GOP should take aim at some of the favorite programs of the Right to have the standing to cut programs favored by the Left.

There are plenty of issues that are crying out for positive solutions. And passing "gotcha bills" in the GOP-controlled House that everyone knows will never see the light of day in the Senate is not a substitute for providing leadership that can actually help generate solutions, not just press releases.

Obama is not a good President. Even Chris Matthews has come to that conclusion. Let's take that as read.

The Obama Administration is suffering the same second term slump as many of his predecessors and his team has no capacity to get ahead of the growing list of scandals.

But, if the Republicans in the House and Senate - and at the Republican National Committee - believe that's enough to swing close elections,

Obama may not be able to govern, but he's a hell of a campaigner and if the mid-term elections turn on who runs the better technical campaign, the GOP is in for some disappointments.

They won't lose control of the House, but they may see another wasted cycle in the Senate. Immediately after the mid-term elections are over, we will be in the full flush of the 2016 Presidential campaign with all of the competing themes and messages as perhaps 20 candidates from both sides try to elbow their way to the front of the pack.

Republicans in the House and Senate have very limited amount of time to become the Party of Solutions. If they continue being the party of Not-Obama, they will suffer at the polls and the nation will continue to drift aimlessly.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at