What a sad state Republicans are in. Leaderless and rudderless, they flail about, trying to figure out who they are and which of various political Pied Pipers onstage today will lead them from the wilderness.
What they fail to see is that there will be no real agreement among them about what to do or whom to support for years, until a leader emerges in 2016 who is charismatic and principled enough to unite the party behind a set of ideas that might sweep them to victory.
But, like any group of bickering friends, they can agree more easily on what they don’t like. And that’s what they must do now, as the White House edges closer to racking up another political victory in the sequestration debate.
If Republicans want a chance at resurgence, they must take a page or two out of President Obama’s worn playbook and veer sharply negative.
But only a page or two. Republicans should not lower themselves to the level of a president who routinely lobs ad hominem political epithets their way, castigating them as intolerant, heartless and petty ogres who live only to serve their masters in the top income tax bracket.
Rather, they must explain why the seemingly good-hearted prescriptions of the Left go all wrong and create more pain than they were intended to ease. Only by first knocking down the liberal edifice constructed by Obama can Republicans rebuild the popular conservative mandate that had dominated politics since Reagan. ...
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