If Republicans want to regain control of the Senate, along with the trust of the American people in the November midterms, they need to tell the electorate what the GOP’s plans are and make good on those promises, political commentator Michael Reagan said Friday on "America’s Forum" on Newsmax TV.
Equally as important, according to Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan, is for all conservative factions — establishment Republicans, libertarians, tea partiers — to work together to form a solid bloc.
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Whether Republicans are successful in November lies squarely on their own shoulders, he said.
"Remember, in the last presidential election, 25 percent of evangelicals stayed home, and Mitt Romney lost the election," he said. "You have tea party people within the Republican Party, you have libertarians, you have conservatives, you have the Grand Old Party, if you will. They have to find a way to work together and say, listen I may be against you at one level, but I’m for you because you have an R after your name."
Reagan suggested taking a page from House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s "Contract with America" in the 1990s, when he and the GOP presented the country with "detailed actions" the party would take if they became the majority in the House.
"The Republicans right now need something of that nature to bring everybody in fact on board," Reagan said. "Something that everybody can rally around and get behind on Election Day. This is a major election coming up in November. Who’s going to control the Senate of the United States for the next six years? It’s really an important election, and it’s important that we have a plan in place of what we will do. Remember, Barack Obama won his first election because when the Republicans controlled the House and the Senate they over spent, they didn’t do the things they said they would do, and it caused Barack Obama to become president of the United States."
Reagan skewered Obama for announcing in a news conference that there is no plan to defeat ISIS, as well as for disclosing the failed plan to rescue beheaded American journalist James Foley.
"Don’t say anything. I mean, Ronald Reagan did not have a press conference and announce when he’s going to fly into Tripoli in the middle of the night and take out two homes that Moammar Gadhafi owned in Tripoli," Reagan said. "He didn’t tell the Congress of the United States … he was going into Grenada until they were already on the ground. Sometimes it’s just best to say nothing, and what you have is a president who tried to tell you everything, and a media that wants all the information, and an electorate who thinks they know more than anybody else."
It’s obvious Americans are "disinterested" when their president announces he has no plan, Reagan said.
"Here’s an FYI for the president of the United States: Vladimir Putin has a plan," he said. "Here’s another thing for him, an eye opener: ISIS has a plan. The president of the United States stands up and announces he has no plan? That is just absolutely outrageous to how important it is that, in fact, there’s adult supervision back in Washington, D.C., brought to you by the Peter Kings, brought to you by the Republican Party.
"The best thing the president can do is do something in the middle of the night to let ISIS know we’re alive and well, we know where you are, and you know something? There is no border between Syria and Iraq. Get over it. If you need to go into Syria to take out command and control of ISIS, do it in the middle of the night. Don’t have a press conference. Do what Ronald Reagan did. Do it, then have your press conference what you just did. Don’t tell everybody what you’re going to do and then be surprised when nobody’s there when the bomb lands on top of you."
If Obama was as interested in foreign and domestic policy and he is in fundraising, "we’d be running the world," Reagan said.
He ended his segment with some wisdom for Obama about the way the world operates:
"The president of the United States needs to understand, the world works on respect," he said. "Putin has no respect for him, ISIS leadership has no respect for him. He’s losing respect all over the globe. Now he’s losing respect in the United States of America. The world runs on respect, not likeability, respectability, and right now America has none."
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