“When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind. “ –CS Lewis
As we teeter on the edge of the “Fiscal Cliff” created by the political establishment on both sides, it can be most entertaining to watch the theater ensue.
Both the Rovian GOP elitists and the Democrat Party would love to believe that somehow the last election was a mandate for politics as usual, the abject elimination of the Tea Party, and zero accountability for the power structure inside the Beltway, but it only proves their imperialistic arrogance to assume something so errant. Never underestimate the collaboration of the elitist left and right. And never overestimate their misunderstanding of the political pulse.
Imagine for a moment Rove running rough shod over the will of the people again, with another nomination of a moderate so squishy they slip right through the slit in the election box. Again. With a success rate of a whopping 1%, why do Republican candidates continue paying Rove and his minions stationed in states all around the country? He is paid—win or lose. Why? If the Tea Party is gone tomorrow, what is to stop another catastrophic election in 2014?
Recently, on Fox Business Channel, I spoke about the work that needs to be done and the messaging that should be used to convince voters and win in the future.
The “low-information voter” that I referred to in the video is the target of our message. Unfortunately, not everyone is a news junkie. Conservatives make the continual mistake of “preaching to the choir” instead of “reaching the lost.” To win, they will have to change that.
Smart conservatives know they lost badly this time around, but they also know that they could have won with a solid, conservative message, and a solid, conservative Presidential nominee. They know that politics is cyclical. They know better than to take the blame for what they did not do. Further, and more importantly, they know the blood flows hot and red in a patriot. They have faith in God, the Constitution, and their guns to defend all that the Founding Fathers imparted to America. Smart conservatives remember that they elected Reagan, that they were responsible for the 2010 conservative power launch, and they are quietly, and gradually working behind the scenes to take back an exceptional country that rightfully belongs to the patriotic.
This is no time for conservatives to stand down. The arrogance demonstrated by the establishment demonstrates a moment of vulnerability and opportunity. Conservatives have the answers to the economy, the debt, and yes, even the fiscal cliff. This is the time to communicate with voters—while they are relaxed and watching the cliff divers jump. Every moment of every day will provide evidence of the mistakes of the last election, and voters will be primed and ready to reclaim a country of accountability, personal responsibility, and liberty in 2014, if conservatives communicate steadfastly and effectively now.