Here is his advice to forget repeal and focus on winning a Republican Majority:
The Republican Message Writes Itself The talk among Republicans is that their November message should focus on repealing the new health care bill - or some version of repeal and replace. Meanwhile, other analysts have suggested that Republicans risk over-reaching and appearing too aggressive.
I think this debate is misframed. The Republican message is going to be put together by campaign strategists looking to maximize the number of votes won by their candidates. While there is something to be said for emphasizing repeal, I expect the Republican argument to focus on more visceral, immediate points. Here are the five big arguments we should expect the GOP to emphasize. . . .
Here is the comment I posted:
Posted by: Ted Keer Mar 25, 07:34 PM
Thanks for the advice, Jay, but no thanks.
What do I care whether Republicans or Democrats are in the majority if we citizens are to accept socialized medicine as a fait accompli?
Practical partisan hacks like yourself are the problem, not the solution. I'd just as soon vote Communist as for a pragmatist who follows your prescription for partisan victory at the price of the surrender to socialism.
Have you even heard of the Tea Party movement?
The only reason I will vote for a candidate in November is to work towards repeal of this unconstitutional legislative abomination. Brand loyalty has nothing to do with it. I am not interested in giving candidate a cushy job in Washington simply because he has an (R) after his name. We had that for eight years under Bush, to what end? I expect Republicans and conservatives to put principle first and to reverse this monstrosity even if it means the end of their elective careers and forty years in the wilderness.
The problem I had with the Tea Party movement is that it has no single message behind it, but rather it contains all the complaints of a host of people. It's good to air grievances, but it's better to explain why you have them in the first place. For example, the healthcare reform debates never seem to touch on the issue that the State cannot judge what's best for each person in their circumstances medically speaking (or any circumstance of any type of speaking). Thus, the entire healthcare reform debate revolves entirely around a false dichotomy of doing nothing versus doing something. And that's all the Democrats needed to get their ball rolling. The Republicans and the Tea Party folks need to get their act together on explaining the issues from a systematic perspective, otherwise the Democrats and Statists will always win. They could take that as a hint to read some Hayek and Mises as to get the education on economics that they're lacking. Then again, they may not like the prescription of laissez-faire that both offer. *shrug*
Did you watch the grilling of Congressman Hare on the main page, Steve? That sort of thing is what some of us hope for from the Tea Party. None of us are Pollyannas. We know that for the last 100 years "progressives" have been treated by "moderates" as if the "progressives'" claims to other people's property are just a minor political quibble, not the sanction of outright criminality which makes actual reasoned political compromise impossible.
It is not the Democrats' fault that the Republicans have let them get away with pretending they are respectable opponents, not outright liars, would-be tyrants and honorless thieves.
The point of the Tea Party is that it has so far shown the courage of its convictions, and has not voted for the easy "mainstream" candidate like Scozzafava in order to win elections.
Note that appeals to emotion and claims of victimhood are the favorite tactic of those who realize they cannot win on the merits.
The media and the left are scared shitless, witness their hysterical lies. Their protests that they detest the "end of civility" means only this, the end of the willingness of certain people to remain silent and act as if those on the left are worthy of the benefit of the doubt, while they hog tie, strangle, back stab, and pick the pockets of free men.