Attacking fellow Republicans could leave the GOP facing wipe out
Congress’s rating is at an all-time low, the Payroll-Tax Cut Extension has ground to a standstill, and due to some in the media and Republican Party establishment deciding, they want Mitt Romney as their nominee over everyone else, an open “negative smear campaign” led by a political action committee with close ties to the former Massachusetts governor, has been unleashed on Speaker Gingrich in the last few weeks. All these actions and the forced withdrawal by Herman Cain from the presidential race has only convinced me of one thing, the pundits and establishment figures are dictating the GOP nomination, not the ordinary voters.
Any candidate who has led the Republican field, with the exception of Romney, has come under an avalanche of attacks which has damaged their fund raising and campaign capabilities considerably. I have arrived at one very clear conclusion, if Republicans don’t shift their focus from continuing the dire and frequent mistakes in Congress or on the campaign trail behind them, and start focussing on addressing the very real problems facing the nation in 2012, it will be a foregone conclusion that President Obama will be re-elected. More worryingly, the Democrats may hold onto the Senate and make gains in the House of Representatives come November 2012.
The election and America needs a candidate who can provide solutions, address the deficit issues and restore confidence in the American economy. I always maintained, if America truly wants the transformational leader needed to repair the damage after a decade of war, and three years of poor policy and a weak economy, then the Republicans need to cease the attacks on each other and focus on policy.
Many will point to Mitt Romney’s private sector accomplishments and yes, they are impressive however, Romney has stayed away from the media for most of the campaign up until recently. Furthermore, he has been great at highlighting what President Obama and the other candidates represent however, he simply has not been convincing at telling people what he stands for. He’ll say, private sector experience, creating jobs, and family however, is his jobs plan the most robust on the campaign? I would argue no, and by some considerable difference.
Romney has refused to urge the group “Restore Our Future” to halt the attacks on Gingrich, saying that the law prohibits his campaign and such groups to coordinate. “I’m not allowed to communicate with a super PAC in any way, shape or form,” Romney said. “If we coordinate in any way whatsoever, we go to the big house.”
A fired-up Gingrich read Romney’s remarks to reporters and then promptly labelled them “baloney.” He again urged Romney to demand that the negative spots be taken down. Gingrich said Restore Our Future “was created by his former staff and funded by his personal wealth.”
I admire the former Speaker in his efforts to stick to the Republican 11th Commandment of not attacking another candidate. One has to consider, in view of the intensity and nature of the attacks on Gingrich in recent weeks, was it the DNC or someone within the GOP who scuttled Herman Cain’s campaign? If one reflects on the evidence of recent weeks, I would say any impartial person would have to seriously question the source of the allegations against Herman Cain which forced him to abandon his campaign and surmise that perhaps they didn’t originate from the Democratic Party Machine.
I watch a number of the American channels here in Europe over the internet or on Satellite on a daily basis. W what has surprised me is how many positive Romney stories have been run by Fox News with little or no negative inferences when compared to the coverage of Gingrich in recent weeks. I even mentioned in an article the other day that Fox appears to have become the Romney channel. I’ll say one thing, if their biased coverage continues, I will vote with my feet and stop watching it with an ample amount of others channels to choose from.
I want the Republican Party not just to win the presidential campaign in November 2012, but to win majorities in the House and Senate. The party is in danger of losing sight of the bigger picture by not stepping in to cease the attacks between candidates. They need to develop their messaging as a vision for rebuilding America, that messaging has to be based on issues, policy and an ability to deliver, not effective media consultants or engaging in a personal smear contest. Ideas and solutions have to be the mantra of the Republican Party going into 2012. If you show voters a clearly defined path to economic restoration and might, they won’t be interested in personality; it has to be about substance.
President Obama and the Democrats want nothing more then a long, damaging GOP primary contest. He can’t run on his record and with the money available to his campaign, President Obama will win a negative and personal attack campaign easily and four more years. Furthermore, Romney has not really had the level of scrutiny or attacks that other GOP front runners have encountered in this campaign. Am I convinced he can rise above a similar level and intensity of attacks that Bachmann, Cain, Perry and Gingrich have experienced and beat President Obama? I do not believe he can. Romney has had an easy ride up to this point and my biggest fear is he wins the nomination only to crumble too easily in a general election race.
2012 is about more than the presidential race, it is about getting a strong leader and effective working government who can lead the country back to greatness. If you allow smooth talking and large media buys dictate your thinking, then perhaps, the prediction of the Chinese century being the 21st Century is not too inaccurate after all.