Insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results.
And by that definition Republicans have suffered from insanity for the past two election cycles.
John McCain was a horribly liberal candidate and Barack Obama handed him his head on a platter by being the bold colors to McCain’s pastel shades of Liberalism. And once again, Republicans pitted their pastel candidate – Mitt Romney – against the bold colors of Socialist – Marxist Obama with the same results.
And just how far back does this Republican insanity go?
Watch this 1975 video from Ronald Reagan. His words are more meaningful today than they were then.
Mitt Romney and John McCain were candidates who tried to blur the lines. They not only tried, they succeeded. And the voters are truly stupid, no matter who they vote for. Except for the few of us who are engaged at every level of politics, most who eventually decide to vote will poke their head up from their TV shows or their kids soccer games for a minute or two, wet their finger and see which way the wind is blowing that day and make up their minds. And they are completely oblivious to the fact that they are absolutely clueless. The politician who seems to know where they are going with the greatest degree of certainty will get their vote.
Mitt Romney was for ObamaCare – only a bit less. Romney was for massive government spending – only a bit less. Romney was for defense spending – only a bit more.
So who do the uninformed see as the stronger candidate? The pastel colors of Mitt Romney or the bold colors of Barack Obama?
Voters picked the bold in 1980 with Ronald Reagan and they picked the bold colors in 2008 and 2012.
The fact that Reagan’s bold colors were in the direction of freedom and prosperity and Obama’s bold colors were in the enslavement and fiscal ruin were irrelevant to the masses. Bold beats pastels every time.
Republicans have listened to the left wing media and toned down their message since Ronald Reagan’s second term. George H.W. Bush was nothing more then a third term for Ronald Reagan, earned not by Bush the Elder, but by Ronald the Bold. And the boring elder Bush was handily defeated by an unknown Southern Governor who offered bold to the pastels of the Republicans.
And Bush the Younger was not bold in any sense of the word, but Democrats looked like Republicans in 2000 and 2004 by running the plastic Al Gore followed by the stodgy and uninspiring John Kerry. The fact that the pastel blur that was George W. Bush and his Compassionate Conservatism (read Liberal Lite) won twice is less a credit to Bush and more an indictment on the weak candidates the Democrats ran.
Republicans see the success that the left has had with pandering and vote buying with our own money and put forth a message of fiscal conservatism and pastel shades of pandering.
And that will never win because it condones the pandering in the first place. It legitimizes the buying of votes with tax dollars.
“Repeal and Replace” was a losing message because the “replace” legitimizes ObamaCare. And when the message comes from a Republican that put forth the plan in his own state that was used as the model for ObamaCare, people have trouble seeing a bold plan from Republicans.
Republicans are not out of ideas, they suck at execution. Democrats are very good at bumper sticker messaging. Republicans tend to go off into long, detailed explanations. Voters don’t have the patience for that.
Romney did well with the $716 Billion Obama stole from Medicare. The Obama team was forced to try to defend that action with long explanations that were lost in the repeated claims from Romney.
When the tables are turned, you can see that Democrats also suck at defending against bumper sticker slogans.
The difference is, Democrats will use bumper stickers to advance lies and Republicans are not willing to do that.
I will be the first to declare it here in print. If the Republicans pick a pastel candidate in 2016, they will not only lose in 2016, they will lose in 2020.
Ronald Reagan was the last bold Republican candidate. If Republicans fail to find another bold candidate, there is no telling how far down the country will slide.