The Republican’s loss last night was not the Democrat’s gain.
Politics is not always a zero-sum game. The presence of third-party candidates proves that. Still, Republicans are understandably disappointed.
Let’s face it, the GOP failed to learn the lessons of Newt Gingrich and the Revolution of 1994. He worked hard on a Contract with America, detailing what the Republicans would do if they got control of congress. What they would do for the American people.
People vote for parties that help them, and not parties that scream at them. The voters know what is important and not important. But this was never a bumper sticker campaign. The American people were never informed of what the GOP was going to do for them.
So, it wasn’t a Red Wave, but is was a red ripple. Kinda like a bottle of cheap wine.
One note of exception; Senator Rubio and Governor DeSantis did so well because the candidates in New York and Pennsylvania did so poorly. Millions of sensible Americans have fled the dysfunctional states of New York and Pennsylvania to move to Florida. In this case, it is a zero-sum game.
The good news is the Republicans got control of the House. That is where the rubber meets the road. Having control of the House means the Biden agenda of spending money mindlessly is over.
The bad news is the GOP has been taken over by the consulting classes. This needs to be rectified if the Republicans are to ever go forward.
They are the only Republicans happy this morning at the millions of dollars they made running lousy campaigns. Right now, many are off on fishing trips to Florida.
Speaking of fishing, in America, you need a license to go fishing or buy a car. Almost everything. But you don’t need a license to become a campaign consultant. And, cable TV is littered with them, often giving bad advice. News anchors, having never worked in political campaigns, have a hard time separating the good advice from the bad.
It’s not their fault but they don’t know.
I heard one consultant on TV say the first thing Republicans should do is launch all sorts of investigations against the Democrats.
No, no, no! That is exactly the wrong thing to do.
As a libertarian-Constitutionalist-conservative, I abhor regulations but something besides the free market has to be employed to separate the good consultants from the bad consultants. Maybe some sort of dynamic scoring or wins and losses and transparency on how much they make.
We don’t need an autopsy. We tried that before. We just need some common sense and to remember that, as a party that embraces Federalism, Republicans need to empower the state and local parties instead of aggregating so much power and money in Washington.
And bring the consulting classes to heel.
- Craig Shirley is the president and CEO of Shirley and Banister Public Affairs and a biographer of Ronald Reagan.