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.”