The coming fight on the debt ceiling and gun control is an ideological one, one Republicans need to fight or else face oblivion.
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It’s become fashionable to quote Margaret Thatcher’s words that first you win the argument, then you win the election. To do that, Republicans have to make this an ideological fight. That’s doubly hard for them because their ideology has been muddled and diffused for almost a decade.
That’s not to say that it isn’t recoverable. The recovery may have begun yesterday with Sen. McConnell’s insistence that more tax hikes are ruled out. But he, and the rest of the congressional Republicans, not only have to stick with that, they have to do a lot more.
McConnell — despite the lousy New Year’s Eve deal — is still the strongest conservative among the congressional Republicans. Others — potential leaders — have to join with him and with Republican governors to campaign for the next several months on the real fiscal crisis which is government overspending. They need to campaign relentlessly, getting Republican governors such as Indiana’s Mike Pence, Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal and Virginia’s Bob McDonnell to join them in a media onslaught painting Obama as dangerous for our economy and our future.
And, if they can walk and chew gum at the same time, Republicans have to get ahead of Obama and Feinstein on gun control with their own ideas. There’s a lot to be done to improve school safety — principally to get the dangerous mentally ill off the streets — that will be vastly more effective than gun control.
It will be a tough campaign. And a campaign it is, just like the ones Republicans lost in 2008, won in 2010, and lost in 2012. They need to take it to the brink on the debt ceiling, absorb a government shutdown, and defeat gun control if they are to regain any advantage in Obama’s second term. If they don’t win this one, it will be their last stand. They will deserve to remain in the political wilderness for a very long time.
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