The smartest strategy, it seems to me, for the incoming Republicans to follow is this: don’t try to pass laws; don’t try to “craft compromises;” don’t engage. Instead, keep talking directly to the people who put you there: the American voter.
Ignore Obama, I say. He’s irrelevant. Keep proposing clear, simple conservative ideas — on every topic: taxes, immigration, health care, etc. — and let him be the guy who wants to negotiate. Let him come to you.
So, yesterday’s meeting at the White House between the president and the incoming Republicans has me worried. From Walter Shapiro’s column in AOL’s Politics Daily:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reflected the new accentuate-the-positive spirit when he said, “I think we all agree there’s no particular reason why we can’t find areas of agreement and do some important things for the American people over the next two years.”
No, no, no. Please! Don’t do any “important things.” That’s what Obama wants:
“The American people did not vote for gridlock,” Obama said after the White House social. “They didn’t vote for unyielding partisanship. They’re demanding cooperation and they’re demanding progress.”
No they’re not. Politicians always get this wrong.