It’s The Messaging Stupid!

At some level it’s incomprehensible.

The Right Track/Wrong Track has 76% of Americans saying we’re on the Wrong Track, 15% say we’re on the Right Track. Presidential approval ratings are in the low 40’s. A consistent low 50’s majority don’t want ObamaCare. 60% say government intrusion has reached the red line. The U.S. standard of living index has reached a ten month low. Under/unemployment is at 25%, jobless claims continue to average over 350,000 a week. Only 25% of Americans believe that same party rule in the White House and Congress is a good idea, a ten year low. And, oh yes, nearly everyone hates Congress and up to 60% think a third party is the answer.

In speaking with a close friend the statement was made, in the context of the latest kerfuffle in Washington; “they (Tea Party Conservatives) are simply too extreme for me.” I asked a series of questions: do you like ObamaCare, are you concerned about spending, worried over the actual debt? The answer to all of the above was; yes I don’t like any of it: The next question was; who shares your concerns? Following a pause for consideration, a nod of the head signaled that the logic had been followed and perhaps a bit more consideration was in order. My friend is not an ideologue, far from it, moderate and thoughtful.

For Conservatives, facts must be the basis of the message and the American public must be confronted with the facts, the full scope of the facts. The deficit is not $17 trillion, its $70 trillion. There is no cash in the trust fund for Social Security, only IOU’s from Treasury, meaning more debt. They must also be made aware of the many, many proposals that have died political deaths, from Connie Mack’s penny plan that called for an annual 1% cut to essentially everything to Paul Ryan’s budget proposals. All of those proposals were based on dealing with the facts. They all got us to a point of stability over a 10 year period all dead in the water and all castigated as evil. The attempt to fix the problems is evil! To allow them to roll along until the cliff is reached, which it will be, is the height of moral superiority.

For Conservatives the messaging should be clear. “Strip away the rhetoric, the name calling and the vitriol and Conservatives are the only folks a majority of you actually agree with.” “Only we represent the attempt to take action on what we both agree are serious conditions and concerns.” “Democrats and establishment Republicans are not interested in taking real action based on polling and the temperature of the American people. Those who are responsible are much more comfortable blaming us. They are much more interested, to all appearances, in blood sport and the true opiate of politicians, power! It’s about power over your lives, your jobs, your health care, your telephone calls, your e-mail and your ability to support your families. Conservatives believe that power should reside with you!” What an extreme point of view.

  • Bob

    It’s been declared “OVER” and members of Congress can go home to their districts…..and might as well stay there because you are no longer needed to run the government. Those Obamacare Death panels?…..they are now for the republican party.

    The President just came off a foreign policy embarrassment in Syria where the only way he could save face was yielding to negotiations. But this time he was more confident that he could defeat an opposition that he knew and refused to negotiate. “Arrogance” or “Predictable outcome” you say? Sure when you specifically have members of your own party opposing you contributing to it. The establishments vocal opposition had as much impact on this debate to the public as the lefts protesting during the Vietnam War had on it. But the republicans have a history of shooting themselves in the foot like being unable to defeat a failed President in 2012.Or when the republicans only strategy is to kick the can down the road 6 months every time a vote comes up that doesn’t involve dealing pork or a pay raise to a member.When the President invites the House and Senate republicans to talk with him SEPERATELY so that he can work one side against another. When the Democrats pat republicans on the head telling them we know what’s best for you while kicking them in the behind…..and the republicans go along with it! Case in point is the immigration reform. “Your party will fold like a cheap tent if you don’t pass reform” they say meanwhile 99% of it goes Democrat and the republicans lose their Conservative base. Think I’m mistaken simply ask Senator Rubio how his chances currently are in 2016?

    The terrorist mob that the president and MSM decry represent the one obstacle they fear the most. The Tea Party arose from Bush Big Government Conservatism and came a full head in the 2010 elections against Obamacare and when the republicans took the House. During this recent shutdown the House republicans voted 11 times to re-open the government. This doesn’t exhibit irresponsible behavior on their part.If Senator Cruz and the Tea Party republicans didn’t take the course they did and would have attempted to let Obamacare sink under it’s own weight it would have had repercussions on the economy and employment of America and would have been deemed irresponsible. The American public would have justifiably asked why did you let this happen? Now we can say “See we saw this coming and tried to warn you”. ANYTIME AN ELECTED OFFICIAL STANDS UP FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IT’S WORTH THE TROUBLE WHETHER YOU WIN OR NOT.

    http://www.redstate.com/mvespa/2013/10/15/house-republicans-voted-to-reopen-government-11-times/

    The situation we face now is that unless either Obamacare sinks of it’s own weight or the republicans take the House, Senate and White House WE ARE STUCK WITH IT.AND I SERIOUSLY DOUBT WE CAN DEPEND ON THE REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT WHO SHOW ALL TRAITS OF BEING IRRELEVANT.I also doubt Congress would let it sink. They would rather tinker and tweet with it till Hades freezes over before they will ever concede they were wrong.

    One last warning! If Hillary Clinton is elected president in 2016 we can expect all the same contempt from the left we were shown when President Obama was elected. They will claim any and all opposition by the right is simply because she is the first woman president and yadda,yadda,yadda. The most important thing to remember about Mrs. Clinton however is she knows how to play hardball politics and how Washington works unlike President Obama who is simply a Chicago thug.

  • Bill Hedges

    “It’s been declared “OVER” and members of Congress can go home to their districts…..and might as well stay there because you are no longer needed to run the government. Those Obamacare Death panels?…..they are now for the republican party”

    Is not “OVER”. A TIME OUT only. WHEN FACED WITH A UNSHAKABLE BLOCKAGE, new tactics REQUIRED. if WE ARE CORRECT, the outcry by voters will BE HEARD. Polls say THEY DON’T SEE IT. if WE ARE CORRECT, they surely will.

    Glad next debt ceiling crisis IS sooner than later. There WASN’T going to be any agreement on bumcare as repeated tried failed. New Day coming ???

    Each day that passes more and more voters find out about their 2014 heath plan. Loss of work insurance, less hours at work, companies discontinue their health care, companies must pay government sums of $$$ raising price of their product, etc.. Most _ piv·ot·al _ my be they will compare WHAT THEY HAVE NOW to WHAT THEY WILL HAVE IN 2014. WHEN were they better off ??? Under bumcare OR not.

    If we are proven CORRECT, our stock will RISE more than (D) loss in 2010…
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    Talk about ME running off liberals because on my use of buma, what about you writing “President Obama who is simply a Chicago thug”. Doesn’t the old saying “good for the goose …” apply to you AS WELL ??? ASSUME LIBERAL WOULD AGREE with you re-writing their quotes AND using OUT OF CONTEXT…
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    Landreaux HORNS ARE SHOWING. My comment removes a portion…

  • Bill Hedges

    Author wrote”

    1. “For Conservatives the messaging should be clear. “Strip away the rhetoric, the name calling and the vitriol and Conservatives are the only folks a majority of you actually agree with.” “Only we represent the attempt to take action on what we both agree are serious conditions and concerns.”

    Up to final vote, was it all OR near all Republican that stood side by side in the house on this issue.

    2. Author writes “The Right Track/Wrong Track has 76% of Americans
    saying we’re on the Wrong Track, 15% say we’re on the Right Track”

    A different road WE now travel. We did not turn around going BACK.

    3. “It’s about power over your lives, your jobs, your health care, your telephone calls, your e-mail and your ability to support your families. Conservatives believe that power should reside with you!” What an extreme point of view.”

    WE LOSS sure SEATS because of craziness of Todd Akins & others. When voters sees our value and our USEFUL CANDIDATE RUNNING, then, POWER OF PEOPLE WILL RESIDE IN US…
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    We were not destined to win this fight. the Constellation was not aligned for it. When 76% of Americans polled says WE ARE on the right tract, THEN we’re COOKING…

  • Bob

    “the Constellation was not aligned for it”……Bill Hedges 17th October @7:51PM

    Ah yes establishment republicans depending on star gazing and navel watching……”You’re in good hands with the tin hats!”

  • Bill Hedges

    So bob DOESN’T appreciate creative writing. Plus bob takes me OUT OF CONTEXT.

    What I wrote was:

    We were not destined to win this fight. the Constellation was not aligned for it. When 76% of Americans polled says WE ARE on the right tract, THEN we’re COOKING…

    Full measure of my CONTEXT as found in my different comments is when people see their 2014 bumcare, January likely to change circumstance.

    Take your cheap shots. Shows YOUR WORTH. Get back to me when you have meaningful political discuss ___ on this article ___. Else thin air will be your reply from me. Take your ranting to kindergarten tomorrow…

  • Bill Hedges

    “It’s been declared “OVER” and members of Congress can go home to their districts…..and might as well stay there because you are no longer needed to run the government. Those Obamacare Death panels?…..they are now for the republican party”

    Republicans have bad polls. Even worse are TEA numbers. Answer is what I have been saying, a old saying, “to let the facts speak for themselves”:

    http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/10/enrollment-in-obamacare-exchanges-how-will-your-health-insurance-fare

    As voters sign up for 2014, are they better off than they were in 2013 ???

  • Bob

    “How To Make John Boehner Cave On Immigration”

    http://news.yahoo.com/john-boehner-cave-immigration-060600598.html

  • Bob
  • Bob

    “The latest media talking point is about the cost of the shutdown. Their latest revelation is that the shutdown may have cost $24 billion dollars.”

    That may sound like a lot but THE 3 WEEKS OF SHUTDOWN COMES TO THE EQIVERLANT OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING FOR 2 AND A HALF DAYS! It probably would have been even less if the president didn’t invoke his childish closings on government memorials and parks!

    The above quote was from the article entitled:3 Weeks Of Government Shutdown Cost 2.5 Days Of Government Spending”

    http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/3-weeks-of-government-shutdown-cost-2-5-days-of-government-spending/

  • Bob

    “Senator Chuck Schumer blasted Senator Ted Cruz for not being more like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell whom he praised effusively during the budget fight.He also called McConnell a “PROFILE IN COURAGE” and said Americans will now see “MORE OF A MAINSTREAM republican PARTY” one that is more in line with the sentiments of those like McConnell whose “COURAGE” Schumer praised after having “LEARNED A LESSON HERE.”

    WELL! If that isn’t akin to getting kissed on the lips by Michael Corleone I don’t know what is. Hopefully Matt Bevin uses this liberal endorsement to beat Senator McConnell during the primaries.

    From the article entitled: “Schumer: Cruz,Tea Party Have Peaked”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/17/Schumer-Cruz-Tea-Party-Have-Peaked

  • Bill Hedges

    “Michael Corleone”? From the God Father ? Far fetched fiction !!! More like “getting kissed on the lips by” voters. The DEALTH KISS. Which polls said voters were unhappy with government shut down & possible FIRST TIME DEFAULT ON DEBT. With Republicans getting more of the shaft than (D).

    CARE LESS what Senator Chuck Schumer says. If we are right & bumcare is toxic, then (D) will have the veritable Guillotine chop off countless (D) heads as 2014 bumcare plan becomes known.

    Cruz was destined to fail. Better able to walk to moon than get enough (Ds) to vote for passing bill. Did they get EVEN ONE (D) vote in Senate ON THIS ???

    BOB WRITES “Hopefully Matt Bevin uses this liberal endorsement to beat Senator McConnell during the primaries”. Doubt it will MAKE any difference. Voters wanted THIS SETTLED. Come to think of it, it may help McConnell because he got it resolved. Did Matt Bevin NOT ???

  • Bill Hedges

    bob wrote:

    “WELL! If that isn’t akin to getting kissed on the lips by Michael Corleone I don’t know what is. Hopefully Matt Bevin uses this liberal endorsement to beat Senator McConnell during the primaries”

    ACCORING TO GALLUP POLLS, unlike what bob thinks, McConnell may very well have been boarding his BASE OF SUPPORT for re-election. From liberals to general population. You see “wacho birds” were on the wrong side of this issue among others. If bob represents “wacho birds” well:

    “Before the government shutdown, there were several polls that seemed to suggest that Republicans would get most of the blame if the government actually did shutdown at the end of September. Since that shutdown occurred, the polls have seemed to confirm that prediction, although there has also been some indication that voters are nearly equally frustrated with all the players involved and that what they’d really like to see is for everyone involved to sit down and negotiate an end to the twin fiscal crises facing the nation. A new Gallup poll, however suggests that the GOP is taking a far bigger hit than Democrats are, at least for the moment”

    http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/yes-the-shutdown-is-hurting-the-republican-party-more-than-obama-and-the-democrats/

    THOSE YOU HATE & you call “establishment” Republicans, like McConnell & McCain, were in AGREEMENT with those taking Gallup poll. bob emphatically NOT.

    NO WAY is this to be seen as acceptance of bumcare. That’s a different issue. Polls and Republican members of Congress IS CLEAR on THAT. THE one UNCLEAR on this, on this site, IS bob…

  • Bill Hedges

    bob fearfully says:

    “NOTE:THIS IS SATIRE AND A PHOTOSHOP AND DOES NOT REQUIRE LINKS OR PROOF OF ANY KIND!”

    When used by a individual, on a political discussion site, it certainly would appear appropriate/natural to expect. I GET A FREE PASS using ? Comments ARE encouraged here. Afraid ???

    “Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”: FDR’s First Inaugural Address