Sean Hannity, Ted Cruz, Thomas Sowell: Do We Fight or Flee?
Citing George Washington’s strategy against the British, Sowell says “we cannot fight every battle”. Instead we should “flee”, as Washington did, until we see a battle we can, and then we win it.
Ted Cruz counters that of course we don’t fight every battle, but we need to fight some battles, and he names the debt ceiling, on which the GOP peremptorily surrendered. That one must be fought because we are, with 100% certainty, bankrupting our children and grandchildren.
The usual GOP talking-point response to Cruz’s approach is “We have to win elections first.” To this, Cruz responds:
You don’t win elections by rolling over. It demoralizes people. You win elections by drawing a line in the sand, by giving people a reason to show up and vote.
In ’06, ’08, and 2012, we followed leadership strategy to keep your head down, don’t rock the boat, don’t stand for much of anything. And we got annihilated.
In 2010, we drew a line in the sand, we said we will fight with every ounce of our strength against Obamacare, we’re going to stop bankrupting our kids and grandkids. And we won an epic, historic, tsunami of an election. That’s how we win in 2014, that’s how we take the Senate, by taking principled stands with the American people.
There’s much more to hear in this excerpt. It’s a very good discussion about the core strategic issue for 2014 and 2016.
What do you think?
Is the McConnell/Boehner strategy of retreat, capitulate, and fight-another-day the right one? Thomas Sowell seems to think so. It’s certainly easier — for now. It even wins applause from late-night TV audiences, favorable reviews from the New York Times opinion writers, and praise from Harry Reid.
Can we simply count on frustration and pain from Obamacare to deliver a victory for the GOP? Can we simply rely on voter anger to win? Isn’t that what we did in 2012? Didn’t conservatives stay home by the millions? Or do we need a positive, assertive alternative to Obama’s abuses and usurpations, even if it means getting beat up again by the Democrat-servile media?
Mark Steyn recently put it another way —
You can’t win a fight if you won’t pick a fight.
You can’t win the argument if you won’t make the argument.
What’s your view?