A page 1 story in today’s Wall Street Journal reveals that the “GOP Seeks To Keep Focus on Economy.” Well, I’ll be damned. What happened? Gay bashing and religious bed-wetting not working out so well for the party, after all? They’ve actually recognized that the majority of Americans believe in civil rights—and want the economy fixed, instead of focusing on anti-abortion and same-sex marriage. Frankly, I’m stunned.
The piece shares, “Republican leaders cautioned that the party’s presidential candidates risk losing ground with voters if they keep a focus on social issues that seem peripheral to the public’s overriding worry: the fragile economy. Some voiced dismay that candidates have taken to discussing social issues that consistently appear toward the bottom of surveys ranking the public’s concerns.”
So wait… You mean Republican candidates are going to—for the first time—talk about the need for jobs, an improved economy, the home mortgage collapse and lower fuel costs? Wow, they must have done a lot of research to come up with that.
The word “simpleton” just keeps floating across my eyes. Fortunately, one reason the GOP has never discussed these issues is simply because they have no better solutions than Democrats. So I hope that Romney, Gingrich and Santorum continue to focus on tearing one another to bits, as Obama (and the nation) sits back and recognizes that for the past eight months, they’ve all been talking out of their collective ass. The fact is, the only things the Republican candidates have in their bag of tricks are Jesus and fear. *