Priorities (Campaign 2012 Edition)

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on May 1, 2012

As I have written more times than I can count, for Republicans to win back the White House, and to do well in down-ticket races, the GOP will have to emphasize the economy as an issue. Any distraction from the economy only serves to help Barack Obama’s campaign.

Of course, this means that there are a number of issues that I think are important and worthy of campaign attention, but which will not get that attention because focusing on them would serve to distract from the economy. But them’s the breaks, and both I and other Republicans will also have to lay off of pet issues a bit in order to allow the Romney campaign and down-ticket Republicans the chance to own the debate regarding the economy.

So I struggle more than a little bit with the idea of forcing out a spokesman for the Romney campaign on foreign policy and national security affairs merely because that spokesman–Richard Grenell–is gay. All that was accomplished by this kerfuffle was to distract from the focus of the Romney campaign.

Plus–and significantly more importantly–it was and is deeply wrong to target campaign staffers in Republican campaigns for dismissal from their jobs merely because of their sexual orientation.

Aren’t there better things to do than to obsess over Richard Grenell’s decision to help the Romney campaign? Like, say, win an election? Or make a moral statement by ensuring that Richard Grenell feels comfortable being part of the Republican party?

  • Demosthenes
  • N3140f

    Perhaps get on to real issues like putting wall street crooks in jail and reforming the financial markets.  Perhaps less trying to kill Medicare and take food stamps away from the struggling poor and more finding out why trillions disappear from the pentagon .  Perhaps bring manufacturing back to this country.  Perhaps make education available to all.  Perhaps universal healthcare.  The list is long.

    Republicans cannot improve the economy.  Republicans cannot defend the country – they have turned into a subsidiary of large corporations and the large banks.  Corporations and banks do not care about anything but money.  They are simply selfish and immoral.  If you can still call yourself a proud Republican, you have been had and are not able for some reason to face reality.

    The result is more poverty for more americans, more long-term meaningless and needless wars.

    • Pejman_Yousefzadeh

      Thank you for the mindless talking points. They were most entertaining.

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