Morning Briefing: November 15, 2012


by Jen Green

Unrest . . . and unfriendly

The “unrest” in the Middle East is escalating. Israel launched an airstrike against Hamas, killing one of their top military (read: terrorist) leaders. The terrorist group responded that the attack has now “opened the gates of hell.” Egypt, in its newly found “democracy” under the Muslim Brotherhood, is now vowing to help Hamas against Israel.

Now that Obama no longer has to pander to Jewish voters during a campaign, the question arises–will the United States stay silent? And really, this begs an entirely bigger question–should we get involved? Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said just before the election that his country didn’t need America to “rubber stamp” their actions, that they were willing to go it alone and do what is right for them as a nation. Just talk or frank truth?

Mitt’s sour grapes and Jindal’s not buying it

Romney is still smarting from his election loss, and in a phone call with key donors to his campaign struck a chord that sounded very similar to his “47% gaffe” during the campaign that Obama turned into a commercial. Saying,

“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift,” he said. “Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.”

To be fair, the Democrats did just that–promise the younger voters “free” (subsidized) stuff. And because of the 47% commercial, we know Romney knew he would. Therefore, the Romney campaign had every reason and responsibility to turn out HIS BASE since the Democrats were doing their darnedest to turn out their own. But Romney failed–in every way–even getting less of the Mormon vote than George W. Bush did in 2004.

Republican hopefuls for 2016 should take note: sour grapes is NOT the way to win the next election. Seems Bobby Jindal from Louisiana, who has been mentioned often as a 2016 possibility for the GOP, has gotten that memo. He flat out denies Romney’s blame game, saying,

Two points on that: One, we have got to stop dividing the American voters. We need to go after 100 percent of the votes, not 53 percent. We need to go after every single vote. And, secondly, we need to continue to show how our policies help every voter out there achieve the American Dream, which is to be in the middle class, which is to be able to give their children an opportunity to be able to get a great education. … So, I absolutely reject that notion, that description. I think that’s absolutely wrong.”

If the GOP wants to win, they must turn out their base and grow. How to do that? Change your messaging, not your principles.

More post-election long term strategy

Friend of the show, Tim Daughtry co-author of Waking the Sleeping Giant: How Mainstream Americans Can Beat Liberals at Their Own Game has written a post-election piece in the American Thinker that every conservative in America should read. Drawing on history, Daughtry points out that a battle does not a war make, so the Tea Party and likeminded have only to regroup and “re-strategize.”


  • Rob

    The comment about “sour grapes” is a little hypocritical. This whole site and a lot of Steve’s show was about sour grapes and cynicism when I had heard them in the past. I am not a moderate and I vote/support conservative candidates in the primaries nor was I supporting Romney and he had plenty of faults. I haven’t seen this site take any responsibility for the poor performance of conservative candidates. Akin was TERRIBLE as a candidate, maybe would have been a good senator but a horrible candidate. Again, we want to say Romney lost because he wasn’t a conservative, but fact is he outperformed most of the conservative senatoral candidates. Actually, the substance of the 47% statement is pretty accurate, we may debate about the % but the concept is pretty accurate as well as the assessment after the race about votes being bought. How is substantively any different than the meaning of there are “too many folks in the wagon and not enough pulling”. Actually if conservatives don’t understand thats what they are up against they are naive. Its time for the conservatives/evangelical voters/tea party voters to quit with the sour grapes. Participate fully in the primary system, there are so many less voters in a primary. If we can’t win elections in the primaries this idea of lets sit home is ridiculous. Its the equivalent of the proverbial “I’ll take my bat and ball and go home” because we didn’t get what we want. Elections have consequences and now the U.S. will be stuck with that for another 4 years, and probably to a much larger degree. Maybe it was mentioned in another article on this site because I dont see them all but an example of what conservatives need to do is how the Susan B. Anthony organization will require any endorsed candidate to have been taught how to handle pro-life questions and be able to verbalize that before they endorse them.

  • Chris Downey

    1. Unrest. Election perhaps a gift to Israel. No more obligations to the White House; no need to place or receive a 3 a.m. phone call. Congress will still cut the check–DTS will demand it and prevail. But BHO, and we, may rue the day he cut the leash.

    2. Grapes? Just dissolve the GOP already. Its DNA is wrong and won’t change. Free the Bush wing to become the GOP as a rump third party or bona fide Democrats as they wish. How’s that for even more sourer grapes?

    • Rob

      Its always a brilliant idea when your losing elections already to make your numbers smaller, because it is much easier to win as a 3rd party in a general election than to just actually win a primary or a caucus.

  • mobyditch

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also called on Republicans to “stop being the stupid party” and to end the dumbed-down conservatism that wreaks throughout the GOP. Deace is no exemption to this.

    • NGC300

      If you say Conservatism is stupid — you must think that we are very smart. Why else would you be assigned to this Conservative site to undermine our Truth and degrade our lives with your lies?
      Why don’t you go home to the Crazy Liberal Sites where you came from?