Tony Blankley

 Then he can have a principled fight between conservatives and liberals (a debate that should break in his favor at least 60 percent to 40 percent nationally on the judicial issues), rather than the current idiotically unuseful fight between blind presidential loyalists and sighted presidential loyalists.

 Second, he should delay pushing for guest worker law changes -- and instead move full speed ahead with legislation and policies to secure the border. This must be more than symbolic actions and rhetoric. It should include serious proposals to dramatically render the borders non-porous.

 It should include tens of thousands more border guards, sensor technology, structures and stiff (i.e. criminal prison terms) employer sanctions against hiring illegals. When, as now, Democratic governors and Hillary Clinton have flanked a Republican president to the right on secure borders, it is manifest that both principle and political sense is not being exercised in the White House.

 Third, he should rally his base by fighting for serious budget cuts to offset the necessary increases in defense and disaster relief spending. While many congressional Republicans will not like this tough love, it will be good for them -- and for the national fisc.

 Fourth, political expediency requires him to get on the right side of gas prices. When the eye-popping third quarter oil company profits are announced -- he must jawbone the oil executives to start re-investing that money. If he doesn't, Republicans in Congress will. Regretfully (though incorrectly), even a majority of conservatives and Republicans around the country use the word price-gouging to describe current conditions.

 If the president were to make these four bold corrections, virtually his entire base would snap back to his side to do noble and fierce battle on his behalf. He would not only be substantially true to his party's principles, but he would move from about 40 percent to about 48 percent in the polls -- a critical increase.

 Oh, and one other thing. As I write this column, Washington is waiting "in hope or despair, depending on party affiliation -- for the special prosecutor to announce his indictment decisions. I truly hope that none of the president's aides have done anything to deserve criminal indictment. Some of them are my friends.

 But if any of their actions warrant criminal conviction, the president and his allies would be grievously ill-advised to minimize such criminal conduct or disparage the prosecutor. Perjury, if that is the charge, is a very serious felony. All the more so when committed by a person in high office.

 Neither the president nor conservatives generally should raise the Clinton defense. Any Republican who measures his integrity by the standards of Bill Clinton (and his disreputable apologists) is unfit for public office.

 If the worst happens, the president should make a clean break with such conduct -- and such people. He has three years left in his office. He owes it both to himself and to the country to take such actions as to make those years highly ethical and productive. The world is too dangerous for anything less.

Tony Blankley

Tony Blankley, a conservative author and commentator who served as press secretary to Newt Gingrich during the 1990s, when Republicans took control of Congress, died Sunday January 8, 2012. He was 63.

Blankley, who had been suffering from stomach cancer, died Saturday night at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, his wife, Lynda Davis, said Sunday.

In his long career as a political operative and pundit, his most visible role was as a spokesman for and adviser to Gingrich from 1990 to 1997. Gingrich became House Speaker when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives following the 1994 midterm elections.

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