If conservatives think America is full of rage and Congress will be theirs in November, and they plan on taking that for granted, they might be in for a surprise. November is a long way off. Talking health care for seven months when people have had to listen to it for a year might work, but I doubt it. If it was my campaign to take over Congress, I’d talk fiscal responsibility and government accountability. Everyone will know exactly what you are talking about. Elected leaders that don’t listen, spend too much and think they know better than you do.
The rage and indignant righteousness won’t get it done, either, BTW. They might help. But it will be hard to keep the American public PO’d that whole time. People will get real tired of that, and might decide they’re PO’d at the people who want them to be PO’d all the time. Turning rage into work might work though. Relentless, smart, observant, opportunistic, door-to-door, listening, handshaking, baby-kissing, truck-driving work and taking nothing for granted. Also, to steal a line from an old Dem who knew all of that inside out, Tip O’Neill, don’t forget to ask people to vote for you. People like to be asked. That might do it.
Emphasis added. Via Instapundit.
Look, poll after poll after poll shows that health care is not nor has it has been (at least since the 2008 election) the most pressing issue to American people. We are more concerned about the economy, about jobs and about the deficit. Recall how Democrats pushed the “stimulus” promising it would keep unemployment, now at about 10%, below 8%? Recall how Obama campaigned on a “net spending cut,” saying, in a campaign ad, that he would “pay for his new spending plans with even bigger spending cuts.”
Small government ideas, fiscal responsibility, resonate with the American people. Yes, Republicans should run against this big government boondoggle, but it should be part of a campaign against big government in general and in favor of real reforms which rely on removing regulatory burdens and not increasing federal expenditures.
The idea is to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of the American people. As most new jobs come from small business, so do many new ideas and innovations which improve the quality of not just our health care, but also of other good and services in other industries.