Let us welcome 2011 with open arms! 2010 was a great year for conservatism, with a sweeping victory in November and the knocking off of Queen Pelosi from her political perch. But the work has hardly begun, and if the GOP and the Tea Party think they’ve accomplished anything, they are beyond naive. The heavy lifting is ahead, but to accomplish the once-impossible, a 2012 presidential victory, the conservative movement needs to focus on these five resolutions or it will watch all its progress go down faster than Congress’ approval ratings.
1) We will not run Sarah Palin for president. While Palin is an engaging force within the Tea Party and conservative movement, she is not the political leader the GOP needs. Her folksy routine will hurt her in the primary debates, and the media will be brutal. Of course, you and I know she can’t win. There’s not enough political polish, and her inability to work across the aisle will get nothing done in Washington. Unlike other conservative leaders, she didn’t see the tax-cut compromise bill as a positive, showing that she would not be able to accomplish much if she became the leader of the free world.
2) Obamacare must go. When the newly elected Republican House enters the halls of Congress in January, they must start with a big move, and that move is to repeal Obamacare. Already, judges are seeing the constitutional flaws within its structure, and numerous states are talking about opting out of the most radical legislation ever to be signed into law. In fact, Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Scott Brown, R-Mass., are working to create a way out by 2014, showing the bipartisan hostility towards the bill. Healthcare is a serious issue, and reform still needs to be evaluated, but this current health-care plan would bankrupt small-business owners and force many to pay more than they were before.
3) We are not about social issues as much as economic issues. I voted yes on Prop 8. I am anti-abortion. I believe in the death penalty. I believe in fighting evil overseas. But those are not the pressing concerns today. If the Republicans are smart, which they sadly aren’t always, they will put the moral majority agenda on the back burner and fight the good fight of old-school conservatism. Hate to break it to everyone, but the national debate on social issues is over. I will not convince you that abortion is wrong, just as much as you won’t convince me that redefining the definition of marriage is truly progressive. In the words of James Carville, “It’s the economy, stupid!” Conservatives win when they remind the American people that it’s their money, and they can do with it as they please.
4) Glenn Beck is not our leader. While I enjoy Glenn Beck and find him smart and entertaining, that is exactly all he is: an entertainer. He is not our leader, nor does he want to be. While his Restoring Honor rally was a huge success and his Fox News show continues to grow, he needs to be a “rally the troops” guy and not a “lead the troops” guy.
The way to fix this is to find a charismatic leader who speaks to and for the Tea Party and the old dogs of the GOP.
My nominee is Chris Christie, the closest thing conservatives have to the genuine article. He’s smarter than you and I are. He’s a giant in a world of dwarfs. He is the best man for the job, and let’s hope Glenn Beck can convince him to run in 2012.
5) The 2012 election began yesterday. When the primary debates start, every conservative with a pulse will be up on stage. You’ll see Ron Paul and Sarah Palin trading barbs, Newt and Mitt arguing health-care reform, and there are even whispers of Jeb Bush throwing his hat in the ring. But we cannot divide to conquer. This is where the GOP must use “strategery” to make President Obama a one-term wonder. So when you lose a few primaries in a row, get out!
Let’s not beat a dead horse. Let’s beat a dead donkey.