A GOP CHARM OFFENSIVE?
Vilifying Republicans has become a cottage industry among Democrats who seem to think that aggressive, insulting talk about one’s political rivals is a sign of authority and purpose. Yeah, well. Strategically placed White House claims that the Grand Old Party is “reckless and irresponsible” have gone on for days. The news media has chronicled every barb and sting. But one longtime observer of political theater says the Grand Old Party could capitalize on the trend.
“I propose it’s time to mount a Republican ‘charm offensive.’ Don’t laugh,” declares Roger L. Simon, founder of PJ Media. “Here’s what I mean. Mount a charm offensive toward the American people. Start to seduce them. Almost everyone believes in conservative ideas, especially in the economic area, when they stop to think about it.”
Mr. Simon continues, “Stop yelling and screaming about President Obama and calling him the worst president in history, even if he is. Stop fulminating against Harry Reid and Eric Holder and the rest of the abysmal crew. Stop even excoriating the execrable Democrats in Congress who just voted themselves exemptions from the Orwellian Affordable Care Act that you can’t have.”
Republicans should treat liberals like “misguided children” in a folksy way, he advises, as Ronald Reagan once did in a 1980 presidential debate with then-President Jimmy Carter. With steely resolve and friendly grin, Reagan told Mr. Carter, “There you go again,” which became an iconic phrase of the era.
“Approach it this way,” Mr. Simon advises the GOP. “And do it smiling. In other words, co-opt America. It’s waiting for it. And it needs it.”