"Republicans don’t need a new philosophy as much as they need someone who can explain it" and be heard over the clatter of the anti-Republican chatterers, writes Optimistic Patriot of New England Republican [via Maggie's]:
When President Bush first hit the scene, I didn’t see his tendency to mangle the English language as a real impediment or reflection on his intelligence. I’m still not convinced that’s he “dumb,” but his communication skills caused considerable harm to his presidency and the conservative cause …
His inability to communicate meant he was forever at the mercy of the MSM, where all things Republican wither and die.
The next Republican standard bearer doesn’t have to be Reagan, but he does need those kind of communication skills. I believe Reagan was able to bypass the MSM because he was an effective communicator.
Part of the problem is "there's an IQ War going on, and Republicans are losing it," writes Eric Scheie of Classical Values:
I think the Dems win by convincing voters that they (and those voting for them) are smarter than the other side, by doing their best to make conservative populism — and thereby conservatives — look moronic. P.J. O'Rourke is a damned genius, and as a thinking person he obviously cannot understand why any thinking person would be on the left.
The "Republicans are dumb" meme is nothing new, of course, but the volume was turned up to a deafening din in the chadstorm following the exercise of our franchise November 7, 2000 and hasn't let up since, as Sally Zelikovsky at American Thinker recalls:
From the minute George Bush was elected, the Democrats began their next campaign -- and it was a brilliant one -- to tarnish the Republican brand. With the exception of a short blip during 911, when politicians and their constituents had no choice but to put politics aside, Bush met with nightly assaults in the media on everything he said and did. First, there were the periodicals and the networks; then, the nightly talk and comedy shows; then books and movies; and finally, supposed parodies like "Li'l Bush." It was an endless onslaught defaming the brand and, it's true, you know, if you say it enough, they will believe it.
"I'm really struck at how badly he was treated by the hosts," writes grant1863 in the comments of Maggie's "Peter Schiff Gets It Right on the Economy." Unfortunately, the hosts were personal faves Neil Cavuto & Company, who look pretty foolish in hind sight. "Check out the expression on Schiff's face at 7:48 [above]," we wrote in Maggie's comments. "A truly haunted man sees the writing on the wall but cannot get through to the cock-sure chatterers." And we're talking about Republicans here.
"In a badly needed speech that seemed to bring the stock market back to life late in the day, the president delivered a sweeping and eloquent defense of free markets during a luncheon talk to the Manhattan Institute," editorialized Investors Business Daily yesterday, giving our heart a lift:
Amid all the gloom and the revived enthusiasm for massive government intervention in the world economy, Bush's comments were a breath of fresh air.
"History has shown," Bush said, "that the greater threat to economic prosperity is not too little government involvement in the market, it is too much government involvement in the market."
He went on to show how this was the case in the U.S. with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which were created by Congress and lay behind the whole subprime mortgage mess that later begat our current financial meltdown.
From all this, Bush said, "There is a clear lesson: Our aim should not be more government — it should be smarter government."
And he took it even further, to what he called the "most important principle that should guide our work: While reforms in the financial sector are essential, the long-term solution to today's problems is sustained economic growth. And the surest path to that growth is free markets and free people."
"Europe's leaders, so in love with top-down economic solutions and socialism, are clearly losing the long battle for economic supremacy. So they're using a financial crisis to tear down the one global economy that truly delivers for its citizens," concludes IBD. Not unlike "Nancy Pelosi's Motown Juggling Act."
Update: For a sweeping and eloquent defense of free felines, head on over to Carnival of the Cats #244 with Kashim, Othello and Salome at The Catboys Realm, "living a Bohemian life in Vienna."