Rick Santorum For President…

…or fighting the last war.

Terry Schilling, who is now political director of a 501c4 non-profit organization called American Principles in Action attempts to make the case that the GOP defeat in 2012 was due to Republicans calling a truce on social issues.

Schilling says if the GOP runs “an aggressive campaign on social issues” victory will be theirs. He claims that in ’12 the “Left ended up dominating the narrative on social issues” which was the result of the GOPs “truce strategy” on social issues.

Color me unconvinced. The “Left” controls the press which is pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, pro-gun control, pro-leftwing social issues. That will not change this year or next. Has everyone really forgotten how that moron Akin was painted as the face of the GOP last election cycle?

Unfortunately for Terry and his pals at APA, the social issues horse left the barn decades ago. But this is no reason for every GOPer running for elected office not to have a an honest and convincing reason why he/she supports conservative social issues, or if he/she has flipped over the years, offer a convincing reason on why they changed their mind about abortion, ssm, whatever. Because we know damned well that every reporter will try to use these issues to paint the GOPer as “extreme”, bigoted or a woman-hater. No need to promote social issues, just be smart about them since social issues aren’t exactly the top of the public’s things to do list.

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3 responses to “Rick Santorum For President…

  • Ray

    You are right QCE.

    The report is very flawed.

    For instance, in Terry points to how Obama beat Mitt in two blue states by a two-point margin, but that gay marriage beat non-gay-marriage by single point margins. He then asks, “what reasonable logic can blame gay marriage for Romney’s defeat?”

    It doesn’t. What it is, is a single factor within those double digits, and there are obviously other issues, be they social or economic, factoring in.

    For the latest polls, just check Virginia. The Dem ran a very liberal social issue based campaign (election next Tues), and is crushing the Republican who ran a very conservative campaign. The polls are 51-39, not in our favor. — http://www.washingtonpost.com/page/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2013/10/28/National-Politics/Polling/release_273.xml

    This is the number one problem with our party – we really stink at understanding and interpreting polls.

    How many of us thought that Romney was going to crush Obama, when the major polls showed a different picture?

  • qcexaminer

    Ray I wasn’t really addressing the polling, since my belief is that polls, statistics and numbers can be massaged to say anything. I was mostly addressing the practical aspect of Schilling’s essay.

    Obviously the “truce” didn’t work since the Democrats and their allies in the press were able to paint the entire GOP as women-hating extremists, even though Romney had a very moderate view of social issues. So the GOP cannot avoid social issues because they will used against them by the opposition which means, since you can’t do anything about the press, the GOP needs to be smarter on how to address these issues. To actually campaign full-throatedly on these Culture War issues would be suicide, in my view. But as I said, it is important for GOPers to know how to talk about this stuff, but it would be counter-productive to be haranguing the public on stuff they don’t give a damn about i.e. abortion, ssm, etc. If the GOP had the will to do something about abortion they would have done it during the six years they had control of the WH and congress.

    I thought Schilling’s essay was sort of vague, but if I understand him correctly, at least I do agree that the GOP needs to update its economic policy/message. The “cut taxes, reduce debt, create jobs” mantra is too abstract and outdated and needs to be freshened up with some new thinking.

  • Jonathan Wallace (@jonthnw)

    You don’t have to compromise beliefs about your salient issues to acknowledge that the most pertinent social issue is economic.

    T Schil has the same problem we all have at some juncture. He’s looking for facts to fit the belief, instead of the other way around.

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