Observing the “a trace of a hint of a shadow of a smile” on the normally taciturn face of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s face as President Obama spoke to the nation about health care, George Will quipped that “the president’s rhetoric was becoming CPR for the Republican Party.” (H/t: Instapundit.) Just as CPR helps restore the heart’s normal rhythm, the president’s rhetoric has helped bring the GOP back from the brink.
It hasn’t, however, given the party the strength it needs to become America’s majority party once again. Dan Riehl reminds us that to regain that status, it’s not enough to oppose the President’s statist proposals, we must also come up with new ideas on how we want to govern the country:
We need to start thinking seriously about what it is we would propose and push, not only tear down whatever opposition we realize we are up against. I watched the Left go a very long time seemingly without that mission. Even when Bush was in his second term, one it was always clear he would get to serve out – they continued to attack in ways that actually hurt them in the eyes of many moderates and centrists that exist. It wasn’t until Obama captured that energy and put it to positive use that they actually found themselves getting anywhere.
I’ve no desire to sink into the pit of anger and unhinged attacks they found themselves sinking and looking so ugly in for so long a time.
To prevent us from becoming like the angry left, Dan wants us to consider this question
So, how can we turn ourselves toward a more constructive direction, beginning to support and push the positive ideas, agendas and people that can deliver us the actual results we want and America needs?
To be sure, in the debate currently at hand, Republicans have put forward a variety of proposals for reforming health care. The idea is to come up with similar alternatives, free-market reforms, each time we oppose a Democratic initiative.
Not just to say, “No,” but also to offer what we would do instead. And to do what we can to make people aware of these alternatives.
Through his divisive rhetoric and statist proposals, President Obama has helped revive the GOP by giving Republicans a chance to stand up for free market principles when they oppose his policies. But, as House Republicans showed us in 1994, to recapture the majority, they need show what they’ll do when restored to the majority.