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Better RNC Advice: Fight

That’s it. Fight. Fight them on every front, fight them in every state, fight them on television and in print and on the airwaves. Confront them at every opportunity, seek out and embrace conflict, and fear not bullies like Chuck Schumer (the living embodiment of the Lefty Sneer), Dick Durbin and passive-aggressive corruptocrats like Harry Reid. Don’t make nice with them, don’t play fair with them, don’t reach across the aisle and above all, treat them and their ideas with exactly the same amount of respect with which they treat yours: none. Contempt is the only language they understand.

Remember that, thanks to Hillary Clinton and the rest of the Alinsky Left, the personal is now political, so get personal; all’s fair in love and war, and politics ain’t love. As my pal Pat Caddell just reminded the GOP, his team plays to win, and doesn’t really much care how it does it — “by any means necessary” is their motto. If you’re not using their tactics against them, you’re not playing the game, so how can you expect to win?

Make them play defense for a change and see how they like it. Create your own version of Media Matters — tax exempt! — and cut their bylined operatives and appartchiks off at the knees. Revamp Fox News’s evening lineup — hey, I said this on the most recent NR Cruise, so I might as well own it — by canceling Sean Hannity (who’s already got plenty of exposure on the radio) and Bill O’Reilly (whose Factor has devolved into a parade of the same tired hacks and buy-my-stuff hucksterism) and replacing them with some fresh new faces before their ratings start to slide. 

Cashier your risk-averse krack kadres of kampaign konsultants, whose idea of cutting-edge technology is television media buys (from which they profit handsomely) and who never seem to pay a price for being spectacularly wrong. Conjure up the ghost of Lee Atwater and put him back to work. Never listen to Dick Morris again. 

Nominate presidential candidates who actually want to engage their opponents ideologically, and know how to sell the fundamental concepts of America, such as personal liberty and spiritual freedom. Draw sharp distinctions between Left and Right and put a positive spin on republican virtues. Tighten the borders but trust in the alchemy of America and lose the implicit xenophobia. Don’t tumble for either Marco Rubio or Rand Paul. 

Don’t confuse vulture capitalism with capitalism itself. Stop nominating millionaires with nothing to lose and instead steal a page from the Democrats’ playbook, and nominate hungry young racketeers who miraculously become millionaires while they are in office. Remember that, thanks to the miracle of the two-party system and a mouthpiece media, there’s absolutely no downside in becoming a criminal organization masquerading as a political party so long as you mouth the right platitudes. After all, fascism in the name of doing it for the children always sells.

Michael Walsh — Mr. Walsh is the author of the novels Hostile Intent and Early Warning and, writing as frequent NRO contributor David Kahane, Rules for Radical Conservatives.


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