Steele: GOP Needs ‘Hip-Hop’ Makeover
(FROM: The Washington Times) Okay, so early feedback from some of my conservative buddies seems to consist of rolled eyes and shaking heads, but I tell you what — Steele is onto something. I’ve been saying for a long time now, especially in the commentaries immediately following the election in November 2008, that the GOP needs to get sleeker, needs to get faster, needs to get more effective in order to compete with Barack Obama in 2012. We need Apollo Creed. Obama mastered the ground game in 2008, and we’ve got some catching up to do. For too long, conservatism has been misbranded as an ideology fit only for old, graying white guys. While you know I’m not a big fan of building a bigger tent when it comes to La Raza types or to people in the center-left, I’m a huge fan of showing off the merits of conservatism to people who may not normally hear them. For the GOP to compete in 2010 and beyond, we must show people of all shapes, sizes, races, incomes and more that, whether or not they realize it, they likely practice fiscal conservatism in their own lives or, whether or not they want to admit it, they know they should in order to get ahead. I happen to think that Michael Steele can pull it off — but I tell you what, it’s got to be a little less disingenuous than Mitt Romney’s cringe-worthy attempt at relating to the people.
- GOP Surpasses Dems on Twitter (The Washington Times) ***NOTE: Even America’s Right is on Twitter, but don’t know really what it’s there for…***
- Meghan McCain: Why Republicans Don’t Get the Internet (The Daily Beast)
GOP Governors Clash Over Cash
(FROM: Politico) There’s no good answer for this. Stick with principles and refuse the money, and down the road face attack ads depicting how you put political aspiration ahead of the needs of the people; take the money despite your principles, and down the road face attack ads insinuating that you were spineless and hypocritical. It’s a bad situation to be in, all around. I do think, though, that given the situation, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is handling it well in saying that he took his personal stand given his personal convictions but at the end of the day needed to keep his people’s needs in mind. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, too, seems to be doing what Congress did not — taking his time. “We’ll have to review each program, each new dollar to make sure that we understand what are the conditions, what are the strings and see whether it’s beneficial for Louisiana to use those dollars,” Jindal told a New Orleans news station. Whew. As much as I applaud these governors for sticking to their conservative guns with regard to the so-called “stimulus” package, they sure put themselves in an awful position.
Maverick is as Maverick Does
(FROM: National Review) No matter what, I just cannot get away from my belief that, had John McCain displayed back in October the same hard-nosed fiscal conservatism he displayed during the recent debate over the “stimulus” package, he might be the one in the Oval Office today. In this piece, author Mark Hemingway argues that refusing to jump on the stimulus bandwagon is nothing new for McCain; I beg to differ. If that were the case, November 4, 2008 could have turned out much differently.
Listen Up, While You Still Can
(FROM: Human Events) Perhaps it’s where I’m comfortable as a Philadelphia Eagles fan and an Auburn University alum, but I liken a lot of politics to football. So far, like a head coach who scripts the progression of each play for the first few offensive series before going toward instinct-based improvisation for the rest of the game, the liberals have been going down their script like a checklist. Everything we’ve seen so far is by design, a plan devised by Democrats over 14 frustrating years. The Fairness Doctrine is next. Yes, even the liberals’ approach to the broadcast media flies in the face of the free market: Cannot compete? Try a government mandate! Liberal radio going bankrupt? Never! The ideology is too big to fail — bail ‘em out with restrictions on political speech!
Interesting Overview on Keynesian Economics