The Personal Journal of POTUS

November 6, 2008

Where do Republicans go from here?

I was ruminating about the results of the election with a couple of close friends yesterday, and we talked about what is needed in order for the party to get back on course.  The fact that I am not around of course will definitely help.  But then realistically speaking, the reason I was around was so that I could do the hard and unpopular things.  Think about Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam.  Now, Iraq was on the way back, until this economic crisis hit us, but that’s in the past now.

The onus is on Obama and company to try to bring the country back, but it’ll be a long road, and the belief is that Pelosi and Reid are going to try to screw him over by passing through things that aren’t necessarily to his benefit.  But the Republicans have enough to worry about on their own.  We thought about a multi-step plan to bring the party back.  The first thing is that at least up through mid year, the Republicans in the Congress has to go along with the Democrats, if we just came back and tried to beat up on them, it’ll make things worse, so we’ll have to suck it up for the moment.

Then the question is what is the party focus?  We ruled out all of the social stuff, definition of marriage, abortion, blah blah blah, I mean when people don’t have money, those things are the last bits on their minds.  Besides, those are becoming more fringe issues as we move forward.  There was a few points that we could rally around and get things back on track.

Energy independence, that’s something I’ve talked about forever, and none of the Congressional guys really worried about it until oil went above $100.  Then the Dems co-opted the issue with this green house gas crap that Gore keeps spewing.  Well, the simple thing is we should go for it, and transform ourselves that way, we take the Dem issue off the board, and we focus on making this our issue.  How do we do it?  Simple, follow the Pickens plan as much as possible.  Pump up the PTC (production tax credit) even more than we have, and focus on wind energy.  This is gonna bring jobs right into the plain states, and strengthen out traditional strongholds.  Then get the majors (Exxon, Chevron, etc) to start pumping money into alternatives, they’re gonna need it anyway because oil will go back up.  In the interim, since the majors have more drilling rights, let them drill, because if they don’t do it, eventually Congress will take away those drilling rights.  And if the Dems complain, we say, it’s a stopgap that has to be done on the way to renewable sources, then point to PTC.  I suppose we should also help with solar, but they should get along fine with all that VC money.  Protect the auto companies as much as possible from efficiency standards, the sad shape they’re in now, if they get pushed too hard and go out of business.  Well, we would be able to point to the even worse state Detroit is in and ask all those guys in Michigan if their vote actually helped them.  Overall, if Republicans can point to work on energy indepednece as an accomplishment by 2010, then it’ll help the voters, and all the consumers.

Taxes, this is our standard query.  It’s really easy actually.  Go against any tax cuts the Dems propose.  And play Obama’s message of 95% of you will get a tax cut against him at every chance when the Dems tries to increase taxes.  This is actually a bit dirty, because the Dems won’t have much choice but to increase taxes since they want to go with all those social programs.  That means corporations gets taxed more, and when that happens, usually layoffs come right afterwards.  Then we can point to this in the mid term elections as well.

Finally, immigration reform.  This is something that should’ve been done the last time, but the morons in Congress muffed it.  The plan John put forward that I endorsed was a good one.  They just have to try it again.  So, John should try to reintroduce the legislation, and at least get brownie points for working on it.  The Dems can’t afford to stall, or they’ll alienate the immigrant vote.  If it fails because they don’t have enough votes, then the immigrant vote might shift in 2010.

So, those were the few things we came up with to turn the party.  Granted, a lot of these are co-opted ideas, but we need to get away from the social issues that keep creeping in, and if the Dems want to push those agendas, the Congressional members should stay out of it, and let the local groups fight it,  because odds are, the American public won’t stand too much for it anyway given the state of the economy right now.  Look at Prop 8 in CA.

Remember, we’re down, but not out, it’ll take a little more than this setback to kill the party of Lincoln and Reagan. But what do I know, I’m just the lame duck that’s on his way out.  I wish the party good luck from here.


1 Comment »

  1. Nice writing style. I look forward to reading more in the future.

    Comment by Mike Harmon — November 6, 2008 @ 6:45 pm | Reply

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