Conservative Strategist Shirley: GOP Loses PR War on Supercommittee Failure

Monday, 21 Nov 2011 02:50 PM

By Martin Gould

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Republicans are losing the battle over the failure of the bipartisan supercommittee to come to a compromise on ways to reduced the nation’s debt, conservative strategist Craig Shirley tells Newsmax.

“From where I sit, the Democrats are gaining the upper hand,” said Shirley, who has worked with GOP candidates including Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and both George Bushes.

“They are going to be blaming the Republicans for the automatic cuts that are coming in 2013 in Medicare and Social Security, [saying] aren’t they shameful people to allow senior citizens to be thrown in a snowbank?” he said.

The whole idea of the 12-member supercommittee was a “set-up from the beginning,” said Shirley, whose new book “December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World” is about the month that included Pearl Harbor and how it changed the face of the nation.

“The whole thing seemed to most people rather silly. It was basically taking a problem and deferring it and now they¹re taking a problem and deferring it again,” he said.

“The solution is always about government and government spending and government taxation. The whole focus has been on increasing taxation,” added Shirley, president of Shirley and Banister Public Affairs.

“There really hasn’t been enough focus, from the standpoint of a lot of conservatives, on cutting spending or cutting government bureaucracy.”

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