Conservatives and the Crucible - Republican Expectations of an Obama Admini

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    Eyeing the prospects of Democrats controlling both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, there are those lieutenants among the conservative ranks formulating plans to take maximum advantage of their pending time in the political wilderness. Foot soldiers will be recruited, leaders groomed, money raised and the intellectual-ideological foundation of the next conservative revival will be laid.

    Students of history among the faithful cite the last two Democratic administrations as the source of their fervent hope.

    Looking back, they see Bill Clinton first.

    Though his presidency brought an end to the twelve year Reagan-Bush era, it likewise brought an end to the forty-plus year Democratic domination of the House of Representatives. While the tea leaves point towards Obama being blessed with a Congress controlled by his fellow political travelers, they take heart in Clinton’s mid-term defeat. Hoping he will experience the same freshman failure to translate enthusiasm into policy, they are preparing to bide their time in the role of the loyal opposition till Obama’s mid-term test.

    Looking at the issues that are likely to dominate the run-up to the 2010 mid-term election, they see the potential for discord between an Obama White House and the Democratic-controlled Congress over a plethora of matters from military missions in Afghanistan-Pakistan to economic policy to the degree of universality in health care.

    With a history of tension and outright competition between Democratic Congresses and administrations, there are many who believe the odds are good that they will haphazardly cast victory into the ravenous jaws of defeat. Encouraged by this prospect, Republicans dream of resurrecting the success and momentum of the “Contract with America” and the nationalized campaign that ushered in Grand Old Party control of the House for six consecutive Congresses.

    Casting their gaze back farther, they find the greatly loathed Jimmy Carter, the last true Liberal to occupy the White House.

    Dour and resolute in their convictions, they view the Carter years as the coda of a two decade long period of tribulation for the United States. Humiliation in Vietnam; riots and tumult at home; an economy held hostage to the whims of Arab petro-states; assaults on the traditional family; moral decay, societal decadence and malaise following cancerous malignancy at the heart of American government are the images that haunt Conservative memories of the 60’s and 70’s. The children of the “greatest generation” that had saved the world in the 40’s brought the American republic to its’ knees three short decades later. Held fast in the grip of a self-imposed exile in the White House, Carter became the Conservative’s disdained and maligned poster child for the ills unleashed from the Pandora’s Box of liberalism.

    In the face of Carter’s weakness of will and malaise of spirit rode Ronald Reagan, the larger-than-life and ever dutiful conservative standard bearer.

    Believing in the exceptionalism of America, he proclaimed her to be a shining city on the hill, a gleaming beacon of hope and inspiration. Extolling nationalism as a virtue, he rejected the self-flagellating apologists of Carter’s unreconstructed liberal brethren. So enthralling was his appeal and powerful his vision of what America could be that Conservatives stand in his shadow to this day and seek to wrap themselves in his mantle.

    Fearing decades of banishment from the White House due to Watergate and Ford's preemptive pardon of Nixon, Republicans viewed Reagan in almost messianic terms as he handily crushed Carter and his vice president in successive landslide victories. Adding insult to injury, the term "Reagan Democrats" was coined in reference to his appeal to blue collar workers and labor union members that the Democratic Party had traditionally viewed as their stalwart foot soldiers.

    With sage tones, Republicans point to the Carter years as the crucible America had to pass through to prepare it for Reagan’s ascendency. As they come to terms with the prospect of an Obama presidency, they take solace in the thought that while it may well be a long and arduous four years, it may likewise open the door for the next Conservative champion and another multi-term era of White House stewardship.

    Though this is their hope, the question is - Who will this champion be and from where will they come? Reviewing the cadre that took the field to challenge for the latest Republican nomination it is strikingly clear that they must carry their search farther afield; beyond those that currently stand at the head of their ranks if they are to find a champion both viable and capable of meeting the Herculean challenge, much less of filling the dusty boots a former actor turned political legend left sitting by the Oval Office door.
     
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    Reagan was a terrible president. He increased the National Debt by the greastest amount in American history. He was incredibly lucky that the North Shore oil started flowing early in his presidency, so he wasn't faced with the economic problems that Carter faced. The lack of regulation under his watch led to the collapse of the Savings and Loans which led to millions of Americans losing billions of dollars of their savings.
     
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    The majority of Republicans don't view Reagan that way. They see him as the hero that restored America's honor, rearmed her and defeated her greatest advisery, thereby making the world safe for truth, honor and the American way.

    If you recall the '84 campaign "Bear In The Woods" commercial, it resonated so strongly with both the public and Reagan's image. There was considerable danger lurking in the woods that Walter Mondale couldn't be trusted to protect the nation from. It subliminally connected with Reagan's Western frontier image as the lone sheriff standing between defenseless settlers and menacing evil.

    While you refer to objective facts and events, my focus is on Republican dogma and oral history.

    Apples and oranges, kind sir.
     
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    I recommend a smooth talking Mexican woman.
     
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    As far back as 1992, based on demographic projections, it became crystal clear the Republican Party needed to place minority recruitment and outreach as a long term priority. Karl Rove released this and made significant strides in engaging the Hispanic community in 2000 and 2004; a natural extension of Bush's gubernatorial term in Texas and his involvement with the Lone Star State's Hispanic community.

    If the Republican Party is going to remain relevant in an America with significant demographic reordering in the future, it must actively cultivate the Sarah Palins, Bobby Jindals and Michael Steeles as well as move leaders like J.C. Watts into more public and significant roles.

    By the way, though many assume the Bush legacy will be tossed onto the trash heap of history, there is a credible possibility of a third Bush presidency. While many would immediately assume I'm referring to Jeb, clearly the unsung pride of the family, I am in fact referring to his son, John Ellis "Jeb", Jr. Half hispanic, charming, articulate and intelligent, he has an extremely bright future ahead of him.

    Though he's had a run-in with the law while sowing the wild oats of his youth, should the twenty-five year old venture into the political world, his family's connections will place him on the fast track to whatever office he pursues. Keep your ears to the wind for this one.

    Then again, Jeb does have a daughter, as well. Though with a far more jaded past than her brother, alas.

    You heard it here first.
     
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    I put my money on Jenna.
     

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