If I were tasked with crafting the Republican Party’s legislative strategy in the wake of President Obama’s jobs speech, here’s what I would suggest: Instead of mindless opposition to the president’s proposal, craft a small-bore plan and pass it as the American Jobs Act. When this neutered bill fails to produce the benefits promised by Obama, attack him as hapless and ineffectual. It’s foolproof!
That is, unless your party is dominated by lawmakers and activists with a categorical opposition to anything that looks like compromise, even if it yields political advantage. Here’s Politico with an inside look at the GOP’s response to President Obama’s jobs pitch:
(AP Photo/Brett Flashnick) Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry during a South Carolina GOP lunch in Columbia, August 19, 2011
When I arrived at the Knightsville United Methodist Church, meeting place for the Low Country 9/12 project (and that night, a Cub Scout troop), Linda Ensor, the 2nd vice president, took care to explain the nonpartisan nature of her organization. "We don't tell them how to think, and we don't tell them to vote," she said as she described the mission of the Glenn Beck-inspired group. "We let them think how they think and vote how they vote."
Last night, closing his assertive speech on the American Jobs Act, President Obama made a promise. “This plan is the right thing to do right now, and you should pass it,” he said to the joint session of Congress, “And I intend to take that message to every corner of this country.”
This, from the front page of the Drudge Report, is just unambiguously racist:
Get it? Because black people are lazy, shiftless moochers, they are naturally ecstatic about President Obama’s forthcoming push for renewed payroll tax cuts and unemployment insurance.
On a related note, a July survey from the Pew Research Center found a large uptick in the Republican Party’s standing with white voters, from a modest lead of 46 percent to 44 percent in 2008 to this year’s gulf of 52 percent to 39 percent, a 13-point difference.