Here is a little unsolicited free advice. It’s worth every penny you paid for it.
Congratulations on your big win. Well played, well played indeed. Like the proverbial dog that chases cars, what are you gonna do now that you caught one?
As many pundits have pointed out, you don’t have a mandate. You ran really vague campaigns and it paid off, but it didn’t leave you with any voter support for an agenda.
There are a few things you should take off the table. First and foremost, forget about impeaching Obama. It’s not gonna happen. You can pass it in the House but it will fail in the Senate, and could easily make people feel sympathetic for Obama. Did you learn nothing from the Clinton impeachment? Besides, if you succeed then you have to deal with President Joe Biden, and he could nominate Hillary to be his new vice president.
It’s best to just leave that can of worms sealed tight.
Number two, forget about repealing Obamacare, at least for now. Obama will veto anything you pass and you don’t have enough votes to override his veto. Besides that, people still want health care reform, they just don’t want the Obamacare version. Not to mention that as long as it is still in effect it remains an issue that works in your favor.
If you guys really mean your rhetoric about changing the direction this country has been headed in, you’re gonna have to hang on to Congress and add the White House. This election has provided you with a great opportunity, but if you try to use it to pass tax cuts for the rich while banning abortion and gay marriage, there’s gonna be a different wave in 2016 that will sweep your asses back out of office.
What you need to do now is lay a foundation for 2016 and beyond. One way to do that is go back to being RINOs (Republicans in name only) who are more competent/less corrupt than Democrats and who promise to bankrupt the country at a slower rate. This will please your corporate sponsors who are eager to open the floodgates of immigration so they can have lots of cheap labor.
That might solve your problem for 2016, but in the long run it will destroy the GOP as we know it today.
There is a better way.
Think small. There are some bills you can pass that the voters want, like bringing back real lightbulbs. Pass a budget that modestly cuts spending. Legalize medicinal marijuana. Deport Justin Beiber. Put these bills on Obama’s desk and dare him to veto them.
Show the voters that Congress can function properly. Make Obama obstruct change.
If you really want to bring about some lasting change, you’re gonna have to start being honest with people. That’s not gonna be easy, because for decades now the voters have been led to believe they can vote for free stuff. That’s why we have a national debt that is approaching $18 TRILLION DOLLARS.
Weaning people off the government tit is gonna be unpopular. The other thing you need to do is restore the limited, divided government envisioned by our Founding Fathers. That means returning power to the states too.
It’s not gonna happen overnight. You need a strategy, and you need a vision. Last but not least, you need to sell that vision to the voters. That is gonna take some real leadership.
The key to success is prosperity. Real prosperity. You can’t tell someone who is unemployed or under-employed how great the economy is doing. They won’t believe you. That’s been Obama’s problem – he can’t convince anyone that his anemic recovery is prosperity.
For 2016 you need to nominate a governor who has a solid record of building prosperity in his/her state. If you look around you could probably find one or two of them. Someone with a positive message of economic growth, similar to the one used so effectively by Ronald Reagan.
Or you could just go back to business as usual.