For months now we've heard that the GOP will unveil a new, a "Contract with America." We've expected the unveiling in September after the Labor Day holiday, and it appears John Boehner (R-OH-8th) is holding to that plan. But what if the Party decides to hold back on key issues, and skips controversy which may become cannon fodder for Democrats? How would you feel about candidates simply assuring voters that the party has a plan? Stir up anger in the voters and they'll flood to the polls to vote for Republicans? Put us in office and we'll show you what we can do. If that's what this race comes down to, I'll need to find something to smash. In the video below, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI-1st) has an opinion and a roadmap.
Among the most discouraging election news is an apparent debate within the Republican party:
Some of the party’s most influential political consultants are quietly counseling their clients to stay on the offensive for the November midterm elections and steer clear of taking stands on substance that might give Democratic opponents material for a counterattack…
"The smart political approach would be to make the election about the Democrats," said Neil Newhouse of the powerhouse Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies, which is advising more than 50 House and Senate candidates. "In terms of our individual campaigns, I don't think it does a great deal of good" to engage in a debate over the Republicans' own agenda.Of course we must talk about Democrats, but spare us the "my good friend across the aisle" rhetoric. We've heard them all too often. We hate them!
Here's my roadmap:
1) Blame Democrats,
2) Tell us how you will slay the looming monsters, and
3) Make us angrier then we thought we could be.
4) Stop representing yourself and start representing the U.S. (Excellent suggestion by reader PoliticalJules)
Do them all. Don't leave out any one of the
We don't need consultants. We need mountain climbers, tough politicians that come to work every morning remembering their oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution.
If you can't explain to the people, the enormity of the issues facing us, you're not ready for prime time. Guess what? We know the issues. We want to know that you know them also. Congressman Boehner has promised:
"...a full plate of policy proposals that will give voters a clear sense of how they would govern."Bring it on. We are ready to climb to the summit with you, but if you want to defeat patriot spirits throughout America, then tell us nothing. Tell us everything, and fan our fury at the same time. This is how we'll win big in November. Congressman Paul Ryan has some ideas and he says it's time to "decide what kind of country we want to be."