Friday, December 7, in between dancing and playing the xylophone, conservative darling Laura Ingraham sat in for Bill O’Reilly on Fox News. She admitted that many Republicans fear President Obama has the upper hand in the fiscal cliff negotiations. In her opinion, they feel there is no way the GOP can really win, dealing with an arrogant president, heady from the victory of his reelection, who would rather “go over the fiscal cliff,” than concede one inch to the party he feels he vanquished.
Though that may be an accurate description of the current political scenario, Ingraham pointed out there are many more issues besides the fiscal cliff; and it’s possible to lose a battle and still win the war. However, she thinks, the party is adrift, and will remain adrift until they “figure out what they stand for.”
Always a critic of Republican “defeatism,” Ingraham stressed that divisions within the party were more harmful to the GOP than anything Democrats might sling at them. If ever there was a time for the party to unite, with libertarians and social conservatives pulling together, now was that moment. To do less, Ingraham again warned, divided the party, lessened their impact and provided Democrats an edge on a silver platter.
Ingraham isn’t the only critic of what is seen as a disarray in the GOP party in the aftermath of the reelection of President Obama. Today, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn made a most puzzling statement in an interview with Breitbart News, about the future of the GOP in 2014:
“We have to choose people who care. People did not think Mitt Romney cared about them, they could not relate to him. We also need to choose people who come from the real world and give them proper training.”
Perhaps Ingraham’s eyebrows raised when she read that statement. The idea that the GOP should select real people from the real world; then “give them proper training” is particularly strange. Although Coburn wasn’t specific about what “proper training,” might entail, if the “real people” were retrained in the image of the current establishment Republicans, many who are considered Republicans in name only (RINOs), why bother seeking “real people” out in the first place?
In the end, Laura’s idea may better serve the GOPs. She believes that what the Republican party needs is “new energy,” made up of “better messengers, better candidates who are also media and tech-savvy” who are grounded in a “philosophy of limited government and Judeo-Christian traditions.” That’s a formula Laura genuinely believes will reach the hearts and minds of the majority of “young and old, black and white, male and female voters.”