There will be many political postmortems penned about the 2012 elections. But the only poll that matters in my book, the Republican wins in the House of Representatives. Rather than appeal to voters with a conservative message, the Romney-Ryan campaign ran a fragmented and targeted campaign with many messages. And it backfired. Royally.
The Republicans win the House of Representatives, the chamber closest to the electorate, won solidly. These are the people that ran against ObamaCare, immigration reform, cutting taxes, reforming social welfare programs, and oversight of of one of the most corrupt administrations in American history. The Romney campaign should have used Paul Ryan a lot more. Rather, he and his ideas were tokenized, kept at bay for most of the campaign.
As National Review’s Keith Williamson penned last night, the President is “a skillful demagogue, that the ancients were wise to number envy among the deadly sins, and that offering Americans a check is a more fruitful political strategy than offering them the opportunity to take control of and responsibility for their own lives.” The President did not win a mandate yesterday. He won cleverly planned campaign.
With Congressman Paul Ryan back in the House, conservative Republicans have a good shot at teaching the rest of the Republican Party how to lead. How to win elections. We are now the Republican Party of Paul Ryan. A party that can win races with ideas. A party that can produce, and communicate, how the federal budget works. It is the party that can talk bluntly about issues. This is how we will take back the soul of the GOP. And how we can win races across the country for years to come.
I am not going to wallow or get down on the process. The Left did a better job campaigning, we did not. We live to fight on another day. And that is what is so great about America.
Congratulations to the folks at the National Republican Congressional Committee. Listen to these people. They know what they do.