More and more Republicans and conservatives see President Barack Obama’s re-election as a disaster for future of the United States, yet feel powerless to stop. Unless we find a special candidate to unite the right, the GOP, the tea party movement — and win over independents — we will not defeat Obama.
That candidate needs a unique combination of skills and temperament not seen since the days of Ronald Reagan: a strong vision of where the country ought to go combined with a personality that can sell that vision to more than 50 percent of the voters, plus a thick skin to be able to weather the pro-Obama leftist so-called mainstream media, which has everything they have ever believed in riding on Obama’s re-election.
In their minds, Obama’s ascension to the Oval Office was an affirmation of their dreams and his re-election will solidify and affirm that dream; his defeat shatters all they have believed in. Thus, they will do anything to win the 2012 election. Losing the Senate, while a huge problem for the left, is even acceptable to them; losing the Obama presidency is not.
This special candidate has to have what I see as the five tools of politics:
- Fire-in-the-belly. The desire to win must be over-riding hunger. Virtually all successful political candidates, no matter how well they disguise it, would "walk over their mothers" to win, as Nixon White House aide Charles Colson once put it.
- Self-discipline. The ability to rein in one's own worst instincts, habits, and weaknesses.
- Authoritative presence. Especially on TV and in videos, candidates must project an air of gravitas and weight.
- Fundrasing capabilities. All successful candidates find a way to raise enough money to win. Some, like JFK, have family backing. Others spend years developing a network of donors. Still others cultivate special interests. However they do it, winning candidates always come up with the clout. Team Obama will raise $1 billion. The Republican is going to have a tough time matching that.
- Communicate a positive vision. Derided by President George H.W. Bush as "that vision thing," it is this singular ability that elevated Presidents Kennedy, Reagan, and Franklin Roosevelt into the political Hall of Fame. The skill to speak in a way that inspires voters is invaluable — and very rare.
For the 2012 race, the only conservative, Republican, or tea partyer who can defeat the Obama machine will have to have all five tools — plus he will have to connect with the American people like no other candidate since Reagan.
Pollster Scott Rasmussen says that “the odds are the GOP candidate next year will not come from the current group of [Mitt] Romney, [Mike] Huckabee, [Tim] Pawlenty, [Sarah] Palin, [Donald] Trump; it will be someone we are not yet talking about or focusing on.”
He is right: If we are to defeat Obama in 2012, we need to find that special candidate. And so far no one has appeared on the political scene.
Let’s hope that the right candidate does — and soon.
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