Opinion

Just a Reminder…

With the release of Hillary Clinton’s new book, I see many Republicans in full-on anti-Hillary mode. That’s fine and to be expected. However, I’d like to offer a quick suggestion…

Spend more time focusing on candidates and a platform that could actually beat Hillary than condemning her policy. John McCain and Mitt Romney ran against Barack Obama’s policies without charismatically or adeptly defining their own. How did that work out?

So…

How’s that Obamacare alternative and its fully-functioning website coming along?

How’s that GOP messaging team that would be able to combat a Hillary campaign?

How’s that outreach team that could hit college campuses and communities where school choice and opportunity-driven policies are desperately needed?

Hillary may or may not run, but it doesn’t even matter. What matters is whether the GOP has potential candidates and a communications team with the power to beat anyone espousing the same big-government ideas that hurt this country over and over again.

The questions I posed above should’ve been made a priority a long time ago. GOP, what exactly are you waiting for?

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Occam's Tool
6 years ago

Doctor Carson developed his speaking style talking to desperate parents whose children were facing life threatening illnesses. I hope he runs—I expect him to destroy Hillary if he does.

PaulE
6 years ago

Another excellent article with excellent advice. However, I expect it will be largely ignored by most of the GOP leadership. They, for whatever reason, seem bound and determined to keep repeating the “fly by the seat of their pants, everyone gets to have their own strategy and talking points” model that has proven so consistently ineffective in previous presidential elections. Need proof of that? Well I would like to point out that here we are less than five months from the 2014 mid-terms and the Republicans STILL haven’t put forth any sort of concise national platform, including a set of consistent messaging and solutions that ALL candidates stick to. If the GOP leadership sticks to “their usual plan”, they’ll pretty much do the standard campaigning they’ve done for the last 20 years. Then with only two to four weeks to go before election day, they’ll dump a bunch of money into a few key races, for TV and radio ads, and hope for the best.

Virtually everything Jedediah references in her article remains either a work in progress or the GOP has simply completely dropped the ball on the topic. I too would like to know what the GOP leadership is waiting for. This election and 2016 should both be slam dunks, but you actually have to be in the game to have a shot at winning. So far the GOP leadership hasn’t stepped up.

So while this country desperately needs to ensure a Democrat doesn’t win in 2016, whether it be Hillary or some other Progressive equally as bad, the GOP leadership doesn’t appear to be doing a whole lot to present a compelling alternative argument to the public as a whole. Yes, we’ll all vote Republican. That’s a given as it’s the only viable alternative in town. However, we need to get at least 5 to 7 percent of the so-called Independents (Democrat-lites) or fence-sitting Democrats in states hard hit by Obama’s policies to ensure a win. That is who we need to reach with all this effort.

Russ Buchanan
6 years ago

I’d like to offer the following for the consideration of all you folks making comments:

Ted Cruz, Trey Gowdy and many of the other currently popular potential Republican nominees have one thing in common: They’re lawyers. Now, I’m not trying to slam attorneys here, but realize that they are trained to argue and debate existing facts and conditions. They are NOT trained to think outside “the box”, so to speak. They see what their opponents are presenting and they attack those positions.

I don’t hate lawyers. God forbid I should ever need a few, but if I do, I’m sure I’ll be singing their praises. However, lifetime politicians are NOT what this country needs as its next President, in my humble opinion. A fresh voice and a fresh perspective would be like a breath of fresh air in The Belt. I may be alone in this conclusion but I think it’s viable. Please run, Mr. Carson. America needs you!

Rik
6 years ago

Platform in an articulate manner? If you’ve listened to Dr. Ben Carson speak, you’ll know that hopefully he will be our next presidential candidate. If so, I finally will feel confident that we can not only win the next election, but win it handily!

I would feel confident, that no matter who moderates the presidential debates, Dr. Ben will win each and every debate. If you listen to this man speak, there’s no attorney double-talk. Every point he makes is clear, concise and easy to understand in average layman’s language. ( in other words, in language even the average dummy could understand)

Dr. Ben Carson is the only candidate that can and will defeat Hillary and is really our best choice to save this country.

Pam
6 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Well stated Rik. So far Dr. Ben Carson is the only one who has offered up a viable, believable, doable alternative to the present state of affairs. The precision needed in his chosen field and life experiences shine through him in all his speeches and interviews. He is credible, knowledgeable, and offers a solution along with stating the problems. The GOP would do itself well to pay attention to this. I believe it is what most of us are craving at this point. While he may not be or may not even care to run, his lead needs to be noticed.

Patrick Graham
6 years ago

Amen to that, JB. When was the last time the blueprint of what would be done, was laid out before us? The Contract with America? We need to have something along those lines, simply stated, with some degree of detail of how it will be accomplished. You can’t sit around and wait for your opponent to lose, you need to go out and win.

Tom
6 years ago
Reply to  Patrick Graham

Another excellent article by Jedediah Bila with good comments from Patrick Graham.

The GOP must not only develop a good plan they have to be able to defend it in an articulate manner. Remember the Democrats – with the help of the mainstream media – quickly turned the Contract with America into the “Contract on America.” They’ll do the same thing again so the GOP better have their talking points memorized and make sure everyone is reading from the same playbook.

As for charisma – McCain doesn’t have it and Romney didn’t use it.

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