Candidate Recruitment Holds Promise for 2010

by Sal on July 27, 2009

in Election 2010,Politics

Candidate recruitment for the GOP is looking promising, providing the GOP with the best crop of candidates for the House and Senate races since 2004.  Coupled with the difficulties that Democrats are currently having for recruitment and the high prospects for the party out of power during an off year election, and the prospects for significant gains in the House  and Senate look very good.  Patrick Ruffini over at The Next Right makes the case that 2010 will be a very strong year for the GOP, due to this recruitment and a host of other reasons.

It is likely that the GOP will not be able to overtake control of the houses of Congress after this election.  The GOP deficits in each are too large, and all the stars would have to align to take over both houses.  Yet we should likely be able to gain enough seats to block most legislation with the help of some moderate Democrats, and campaigning on the ineffectiveness of the Democrat congress and Obama administration in 2012.

Some see this as desirable, but I question that.  The Republicans were highly effective during the Clinton administration in passing good legislation (welfare reform, the crime bill, capital gains tax cuts), and we got some of our most Conservative legislation of the past two decades during those years.  Clinton, being the astute politician, was able to pivot away from his liberal leanings, and triangulate his way to victory in 1996 against a rather poor GOP candidate in Bob Dole.  I question whether or not Obama would be able to do the same.  As his press conference indicated last week, when he doesn’t get his way, he resorts to whining, attacks, and lying (and even his lies are far more transparent than those of Slick Willy).  I cannot see him pivoting to support GOP legislation that goes against his radical ideology.

In my mind, the difference between Clinton and Obama is simple.  Clinton was a liberal who wanted to be known as a successful president.  While he wanted to advance the liberal agenda, he first and foremost cared about his own legacy.  Obama, on the other hand, is a Saul Alinsky radical who believes in Marxist revolution via his Presidency.  I doubt that he will pivot enough to abandon that revolution in the face of a strong GOP congress, and without his mantra of Hope-and-Change, he will go down in Carter-like defeat in 2012.  In the meantime, having control of Congress to start to roll back the onslaught of big government would not be a bad thing.

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