Grover, Reagan, an angry GOP base, and a demand for Fiscal Cliff TV negotiations.
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• Natalie Morales, NBC News: On August 16, 2012, Morales (as reported with video by NewsBusters) did an interview with Ann Romney, saying in her voice over: “A lot of people still are asking why not be transparent and release more than the 2010 and the estimates for 2011.”
One could go on endlessly with liberal demands for Romney to be transparent this past year, but you get the gist.
So. Isn’t it time to take some advice from Ronald Reagan? What, after all, was Reagan really talking about when he said:
“I am amazed that our national leaders had not philosophically and intellectually taken on the principles of Marxist-Leninism. We were always too worried we would offend the Soviets if we struck at anything so basic. Well, so what?”
What Reagan was talking about was — leverage! Taking what the Soviets considered to be their strength — their philosophical and intellectual principles — and turning those endlessly repeated views against them. Reagan was about ripping off the mask that was used to hide the face of the Evil Empire. And he didn’t give a damn if it offended the Soviets much less if it horrified his own liberal critics.
So it’s time for the GOP to use their leverage with Obama. Leverage provided, as noted above, by both Obama himself and his media allies.
Demand the negotiations halt until the cameras are in the room. Demand the same transparency with these negotiations that Obama, the New York Times, Washington Post, and all the rest demanded of Romney.
And let’s not forget the leverage that is the debt ceiling.
Let’s see the House GOP start talking relentlessly, in Reagan-style, about the underpinnings of what Obama is demanding. Connect the dots just as Reagan connected the dots between a specific — negotiations in Geneva, a summit in Reykjavik, the barring of the Soviet Ambassador’s once privileged access to the State Department etc., etc., etc. — and the bedrock reason they are being done. In the Cold War case, a quest for world domination; in the Fiscal Cliff case, the re-making of America into a socialist country.
Stop everything right now.
Until these negotiations are moved in front of the cameras.
Demand that they stop cold — and be 100 percent transparent. The American people were told Romney wasn’t transparent — and they voted for Obama.
This has the added advantage of not being a demand about taxes for millionaires.
Once in front of the cameras, re-start. With somebody — Paul Ryan? — assigned the Reagan task of relating specific aspects of the negotiation to the overall as Reagan himself did repeatedly with the Soviets.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online