March 2, 2012
On the pessimism in the Republican establishment about denying Obama a second term…
As a practical matter, it helps to have a fight over the Presidency to ensure victories in the House and Senate – how are these House and Senate victories gonna happen if attitudinally you think you’ve lost the Presidential race? What is the campaign – what would the consultants say – the way to win the Senate is to go out and say to the American [people] – “Look we know, that we’re not going to beat Obama, and therefore, we still have to find a way to stop him. And that’s what we need you for. We need you, and your money and your votes to vote for your Republican Senate candidate and your House candidate.” Is that the campaign? Well obviously not – even if somewhere in the bowels of the RNC they actually decide to proceed on the assumption that Obama can’t be beat. They obviously will not say so publicly but the fact that they believe it will have to have some impact attitudinally on the campaign. Do they have a meeting with Romney or Santorum – whoever gets the nomination – “By the way, we really know you can’t win this – and we’re going to be behind you! We’re gonna fight for you… but we really need your help here in shoring up the House and maybe winning the Senate.” Now how does that happen? How do you run a Presidential campaign when your head you have conceded, while at the same time campaigning to win the Senate and hold the House? Maybe there are expert consultants who can tell me this.