I agree with you on your idea of the repub. strategy. Unfortunately, it is probably the right plan for these political cowards. The repub leadership ( excluding Cruz/Lee/Paul and a few others ) is so inept at communications as well as constantly backing down when ever challenged by lying dems. Their strategy may produce a victory but it will be very iffy.
There are so many things that O can be criticised for it should be easy negotiating with and winning elections against this bozo admin. The fact they never negotiate and they are the
"party of no" should easily be demonstrated.