Karl Rove on Obama’s Mystifying Strategy.
I respect Rove as one of the best campaigners of the last 50 years (but not for “compassionate conservatism”) but this isn’t exactly rocket science, Karl. Rove admires Obama’s and his team’s ability to, in essence, pull the wool over enough people’s eyes regarding his true feelings and attitudes about America to win the 2008 election. After that, Karl is “mystified” that Barry O couldn’t keep up the charade and has let slip what he really thinks about The Country Class. Rove doesn’t seem to fully grasp that the President cannot say or do the things that would make him popular with us, without losing face with The Ruling Class. He owes them everything, and without them he’s finished. Approval ratings have to take the back seat.
Look, I’m just a state-level political hack/consultant/guru, but I stand ready and willing to advise the next President of the United States (whoever s/he may be) on how to be a popular, successful two-termer. It’s pretty effing simple, really. Say the following, say it with conviction, over and over and over again:
- “The United States is the greatest country in the world.”
- “The primary function of government is to protect the rights, lives and property of the people. Other functions are secondary.”
- “There are many functions and programs that state and local governments can do best, and I will work tirelessly to transfer these out of Washington, DC.”
- “American small businesses don’t need more subsidies and tax breaks to succeed. They need less taxes and regulatory roadblocks.”
- “Crossing the border of the United States illegally is…against the law. I will hire 30, 50 or 100,000 new Border Patrol agents and build 1,000 miles of fence, whatever it takes, to enforce the laws of the land. People already here illegally will be returned to their own countries. Businesses that hire illegal immigrants will be made to pay stiff penalties.”
How hard was that? These sentiments are all wildly popular with the majority of voting Americans, including quite a few Democrats, for Heaven’s sake! In fact, outside of faculty lounges and public employee union headquarters, there are few who would disagree with any of them. This is a winning political “strategy” indeed.
To our next President: I stand ready to hold the position on your staff responsible for reminding you of this stuff every bleeping day. Leave a comment and I’ll send the contact information.