No one accuses establishment Republicans of being terribly brave or bright, but this insanity has got to stop: Democrats repeatedly frighten Republicans into accepting their statist agenda and then blame them for behaving like, well, Democrats. Republicans just keep falling for it.
Consider the president’s most vulnerable issue: Obamacare. During the election, Democrats didn’t bother to defend their horrible law so much as to delight in the fact that Mitt Romney authored it. When Republicans correctly said we couldn’t afford it, Democrats just as correctly responded that we couldn’t afford President George W. Bush’s massive Medicare expansion. Lost was the far more consequential fact that government-run health care is lousy and, worse still, incompatible with freedom.
It’s time for Republicans to stop playing checkers and start playing chess.
First, we must face the reality that conservatives are in the minority. Forget the perennial Gallup polls showing that self-identified conservatives outnumber liberals 2-1. This is in name only. It’s a reflection that we have successfully promoted a brand but have failed to explain its benefits. Meanwhile, the Democrats have established an actual majority voting alliance of beneficiaries of government largesse.