The 2016 election taught Republicans a lesson about campaigning: Hit hard and make it personal. This strategy worked exceptionally well through the GOP primaries and helped President Trump win the general election. Now, it’s time to abandon that strategy. Lightning only strikes in the same place once and if conservatives try to duplicate that gameplan, they’ll continue to fail miserably just as they did in the midterm elections.
It may still work for President Trump in his reelection bid, but I don’t think it will. It was an interesting show through the 2016 election season, but Americans have now heard it repeatedly. We’ve heard the nicknames and the insults. We’ve seen it turn so personal that one candidate, Senator Ted Cruz, was forced to defend his wife’s honor and his father’s innocence against accusations of perpetrating the most famous crime of the 20th century.
Here’s the thing. We have policy on our side. We have logic on our side. We have results on our side. It will always be an enigma to me that the GOP didn’t hammer home the economy before the 2018 midterms. They seemed to be searching for personal attacks on Democrats instead of pointing to the obvious reality that the economy was humming despite Democrats’ cries of fiscal apocalypse following the 2017 tax cuts.
Senator Elizabeth Warren is a funny candidate. She’s not a real threat to win the nomination at this point and unless she’s able to out-raise the field dramatically, it’s unlikely she’ll make it into March. With that said, her policy proposals are so abysmal, this is a moment in which Republicans can start attacking her ideals as a general rebuke against the far-leftist trend that’s engulfing the Democratic Party.
Unfortunately, it seems like the attacks have been against her odd claims to a Native American heritage followed by her laughable release of DNA test results that basically refuted her own claims. Let it go. Those attacks do nothing to make her look any worse than she already does on that front while it makes anyone invoking those attacks seem like bigots. No, I don’t think the claims are bigoted, but that’s not how mainstream media is going to cover it. They’re going to use any attacks against Warren’s fake heritage as an attack against minorities.
President Donald Trump apparently wasn’t paying attention — or maybe he was — when Native American leaders blasted his “racist” use of “Pocahontas” as a slur against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). He resurrected it — again — Saturday in a tweet. But what was more startling was his eldest son’s response using a astonishing term: “Savage!!! I love my president!”
Trump wondered mockingly in a tweet Saturday if Warren would be the nation’s “first Native American presidential candidate” — denigrating both Warren and appearing to characterize the idea of a Native American candidate as unimaginable.
Again, I’m not suggesting this truly is racist, but mainstream media’s going to paint it as such.
It’s time for Republicans to be the mature party, the grownup party, the party that focuses on real ideas instead of name-calling and insults. Those who don’t focus on policy usually don’t have good ones in mind. Let’s stand behind our policies and dump the personal attacks.