With the Democrats suddenly becoming interested in “bipartisanship” after the game changing election of Scott Brown, the GOP is going to have to be wary of the upcoming televised meets with the POTUS. They need remeber that the Democrats had all last year to let them sit at the table, and they didn’t. They had all of 2009 to “reach across the aisle,” but they name-called and ridiculed them instead. These new calls for cooperation are nothing more than political necessity. A necessity that the Democrats will use in an attempt to manipulate both the GOP, and public opinion.
I come to this conclusion from several factors. One is that the Democrats will have a proposal in place in advance of the February 25th meeting. While that seems innocuous, it takes on a new meaning when it has been discussed that the Democrats are working on a way to use the reconciliation process to pass a bill in the event that the meetings do not achieve the desired result, which is GOP capitulation. I would take it to mean that they are already in the process of, or have completed, all the back-room deals needed to get their plans passed.
Another factor to consider is that Obama’s poll numbers are in the tank, and that the GOP is gaining on the Democrats in public opinion polling. Let’s face it, they had a year to pass something. The GOP was irrelevant, and could not have done a single thing to stop them. The Democrats called the GOP the “party of no” all last year, even though they weren’t involved in the process. As time ran out, they stopped themselves by refusing to compromise among themselves, and by making so many backroom deals, that their bills became near paradoxes. They are on the ropes, and they appear to be floundering (because they are). They need to do something drastic to regain the initiative, and take the momentum of the Conservatives.
The other factor is Obama himself. He is a community organizer. As we well know, community organizing relies on manipulation, lies, and outright intimidation in crafting public perception and policy. He is well versed in the Alinsky Method, as he taught others in its use. Community organizers are also persistent, and will attack an opponent again and again until their goal is achieved. The Democrats are in trouble and the GOP is ascendant. His agenda is in tatters, and he needs to get the negative attention off the Democrats, and, in particular, off HIM. It is reliable to say in any circumstance, that when the chips are down, people will usually do what they know, and are comfortable with. So, expect much more if the nastiness, some trickery, and more of the lies that we saw all through 2009. We are seeing some of that already. He speaks of toning down the rhetoric and being bipartisan, and then he goes on the road and attacks.
The Democrats claims of bipartisanship, translated, means “resistance is futile…do what we say, or we’ll do it anyway.”
So, this is what I think might happen. No matter the stance of the Democrats, they will attempt to control the agenda. They will enter the meeting with a bill that they are ready to pass through a convoluted process. They will try to set up the meeting in a way that is advantageous to them. Whether it is in terns of timing, format, or even room set-up and camera angles, they will create an environment that makes them look good, and their opponents look terrible. They will propose things that they know the GOP will never support. They will let the Republicans speak, but the table will be set against them. If the GOP balks, or disagrees, or even refuses to go, the Democrats will use their lapdogs in the MSM to tar them yet again. It will be the “party of no” and “obstructionist” again and again. The goal here is to browbeat the GOP into supporting some, if not all, of their plan. Then, back up that browbeating with the threat of passing their bill via a convoluted plan. The Democrats will attempt to create a situation in which the GOP is damned if they do, and damned if they don’t.
We’re going to have to keep one thing in mind; when the Democrats are saying “bipartisan,” they are, as usual, lying. They are attempting, rather poorly, to make the appearance of bipartisanship, but they are doing so from their pompous, elitist, mindset. They are still in the opinion that they are in complete control, and their agenda has primacy. They do this in complete ignorance, willful or otherwise, of the polls and recent elections.
Sounds pretty pessimistic, doesn’t it? But it really isn’t. Obama and his advisors still don’t completely understand that the media paradigm has changed. In the past, a plan like the one that I just described would have worked like a charm. When all the news media consisted of the three networks, newspapers, and controlled radio, the GOP would have never had a chance. The leftists in the media would parrot the same messages again and again, until the GOP caved.
Now, there is the Internet. Talk radio rules the dial. FOX News now has three times the audience of CNN and MSNBC combined. Obama, of all people, should know that the new media is the future. His campaign was the most media savvy in history. Strangely, the Democrats seem to be ignoring this. For the GOP, escaping the trap lies in using the new media. As I have mentioned in previous posts, the GOP needs to make themselves available to the media, and make them ignore or distort them. They need to hold press conferences, they have to offer interviews, and they have to get out and speak. Also, they have to realize that the MSM is against them, and will never change in that regard. No matter what they actually say, the MSM will selectively distort and ignore the actual message in order to support the left. To counter the MSM, they need their own, individual Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts, and they need to use them extensively. If they get their message out, the bloggers will cover it. Millions more will hear of it via FOX and talk radio. With the massive reach of the Internet, the people will hear the message and the MSM will be discredited. Not only will that help them communicate their ideas, it will help put more nails in the MSM’s coffin, which is always a good thing.
In a sense this allows the GOP to engage in a de-facto attack on the MSM. They set the MSM up to do their typical dirty deeds, and then bypass them, taking advantage of the modern social networking technology. The MSM gets exposed for what they are, and maybe they lose even more audience.
This counter to the MSM can also helps the GOP stick to their guns, and refuse to sign off on legislation that will hurt people. They can draw a line, and state that they will not support new taxes on individuals and job producers. They can get out there and state that taxes cost jobs. They can say that individual mandates are unconstitutional, and can openly challenge the Democrats to point out where that might be in the Constitution. They can discuss fraud, waste, and the overall ineffectiveness of government run health care. They can do all of these things, and people will hear them. They can bring up single payer, and the disasters that it can cause. They can do all of this, and more, because they will have a route to the people that the MSM, or the Democrats, cannot close off (at least for now-no wonder they want to control it.)
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