[Rushtalk] Palin on GOP leadership: 'It's not just the New England Patriots who are dealing with deflated balls right now.

Carl Spitzer lynux at keepandbeararms.com
Thu Mar 12 18:55:15 MDT 2015

Palin on GOP leadership: ‘It’s not just the New England Patriots who are
dealing with deflated balls right now.

Associated Press
Associated Press

by John Hayward
24 Jan 2015


During an appearance in Las Vegas to promote the second season of her
show “Amazing America” on the Sportsman Channel, former Alaska governor
and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin used the big sports story of
the day to profess herself less than amazed by the Republican

“I’m not going to talk politics except to say the GOP had better go on
offense,” she told The Blaze. “Man, they are not going to win any game
on defense. Being in the majority there in D.C., we’re blowing it if we
just bend our back… That GOP leadership, that Establishment, they’ve got
to get their stuff together. I love what they believe in, I believe in
it too. But they’ve got to get tough, man. You know what? It’s not just
the New England Patriots who are dealing with deflated balls right now.”

That seems to have been the end of her political remarks to The Blaze –
which is fine, because she was there to talk about her TV show, and at
any rate it’s hard to beat that “deflated balls” crack as a mike-drop
conclusion. Given the timing, it’s hard to say if she had the craven
Republican retreat from the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in
mind, but it’s tough to beat as an example of the political testosterone
failure she’s talking about.

It was such a debacle that it doesn’t even pass muster as an act of
sheer political cynicism, because at least those acts leave the cynical
bastards in a better overall political position. The GOP leadership
traded a massive loss of energy and support from their own base –
including Republicans who don’t care all that much about the aborticide
issue but view this retreat as a troubling sign that their party leaders
won’t try for a touchdown even when it’s first and goal – for
approximately nothing in the way of respect from independents, moderate
Democrats, or the media elite that Republican leaders fear above nearly
all other things. They threw their deflated football backwards, then
tackled themselves for a safety.

The importance of staying on offense is illustrated by the lost
opportunity here. Protection for unborn children in the later stages of
pregnancy is an issue with huge popular support across every demographic
(except, of course, aborticide profiteers, radical feminist ideologues,
and the media types who carry their sedan chairs). We’re talking about a
bill with 60% support from the general public, 59% from women, and 57%
from young people – and that’s with very little organized promotion from
Republicans, and none from the media. There are issues where the media
cheerfully carries the Democrats’ water, not just in punditry but with
politically-charged popular entertainment, that can’t get to 60%.

Of course President Obama would have vetoed it… and that’s exactly what
the Republican Party should have wanted, with all of its united heart.
That’s how you play offense. There’s nothing better than forcing Obama
to defend an extremist, out-of-step position with his veto pen, at the
behest of well-connected special interests with deep pockets. That’s the
kind of bloody nose a lame-duck President with shaky poll numbers can’t
easily get back up from. It should have been followed up with one
legislative haymaker after another, until even Obama’s most dedicated
media sycophants spent their Sunday mornings muttering uncomfortably
about veto-happy President Gridlock.

This is the strategy Republican leaders promised to follow when they
made their big pitch for unseating Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader
– a project considered quite the long shot when the 2014 election season
began. Remember how all the Smart People were dispensing Conventional
Wisdom about how the odds of Republicans taking the Senate were like the
odds of hitting a slot-machine jackpot? The Republicans made an
eminently sensible case that Democrat control of the Senate enabled Reid
to use all sorts of parliamentary tricks to bury good House bills
without Obama getting directly involved, leading to the absurd spectacle
of the media portraying Republicans as obstructionists. “Get Reid out of
that seat, and we can really go on offense!” cried the herd of
pachyderms thundering toward November 2014, and America took them up on

Look what we’re getting instead: craven defensiveness on every important
issue, right down to the old minority-party shell game about how today
is never the right time to fight, but the middle of next year should be
better. Obama’s the one on offense, shamelessly and often illegally. You
can’t say he isn’t dedicated to the strategy his political team came up
with after they were finished hyperventilating over the beating they
took in November. As we saw at the State of the Union address, Obama
won’t even mention the midterm elections took place. Besides treating
the 2014 political season like a fever dream his subjects have snapped
out of, the President spent the rest of SOTU relentlessly on offense –
the entire presentation was basically a wish list of crazy, expensive
giveaway programs, intended to make Republicans look bad for defensively
opposing them.

Palin is absolutely correct about the need to play on offense,
especially for the opposition party. That’s still what the GOP is, no
matter what becomes of the President’s poll numbers, or how many seats
they pick up in a wave election – you either have the White House, or
you don’t. The notion of playing small-ball defense to clear the field
for a 2016 presidential candidate is lunacy. It seems to be received
political wisdom among Beltway Republicans, but it doesn’t work –
it’s never worked. The best way to run for President is not just to talk
about the good ideas your Party stands for, but to point at all the
times they’ve tried to put those ideas into practice, only to be
thwarted by obstructionists.

Democrats always try to frame elections that way; they instinctively
understand it’s the best ground to fight from. That’s one reason they
don’t savage their own front-line fighters, even when the outcome of
their crusades is less than optimal – they understand how that puts the
whole party on defense. Republicans, on the other hand, seem eager to
scourge and discredit their own champions in a never-ending intra-party
bloodbath, nourishing a foolish but astoundingly persistent faith that
the milquetoast moderate establishment types can win the approval of the
media establishment by “purging” their own party of real leadership. You
can’t play offense if you send all your best offensive players to the
showers. Let’s hope the Republican Party figures that out before they
try taking the 2016 field with a deflated-ball squad that isn’t
convinced it has any business in the Democrat end zone.

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