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Tags: democratic | election | incumbent
OPINION

GOP Must Go on Offense, Not Take Fall for Dems' Mistakes

GOP Must Go on Offense, Not Take Fall for Dems' Mistakes

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Nicholas Chamberas By Wednesday, 17 January 2024 01:37 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

I once worked with a Republican candidate running for the first time, who I was convinced would win by a comfortable margin.

I really believed it was a shoo-in.

At the time, I didn’t consider that the race was against a powerful, superbly well-funded, Democratic incumbent with some bi-partisan support.

Local politicos most certainly did consider the power of incumbency, and greeted my prediction similar to the way adults treat children who talk about putting out cookies for Santa Claus.

I don’t remember specific instances of anyone patting me on my head, but they may as well have.

Following an exhausting and exciting day of campaigning on Election Day, my voice almost hoarse from the multiple arguments I engaged in about distance from the poll site entrance — it's a New York thing — I settled down to the Election Night Party to watch the returns.

And then it suddenly hit me . . . what had I done?

I looked at the screen and although it was with just 1% of the vote tallied, my candidate was losing by 30 points!

For a fleeting moment, a feeling of intense dread came over me.

Interestingly enough, I didn’t have time for further introspection.

Almost an hour later, I was celebrating the victory of the candidate I supported, not just any victory, a landslide victory.

As things turned out, plenty of voters shared my assessment of the incumbent and made this clear at the polls.

To be clear, I am in no way taking credit for that win, the candidate was a force to be reckoned with, the type of GOP candidate Democrats rarely must face.

It also serves as a pellucid example of the importance of Republicans contesting races both ferociously and strategically.

Good things happen when Republicans go on offense.

Upstart Republicans are able to run at a time when many Americans are treating trips to the supermarket as if they’re attempting to shop at Bergdorf Goodman on a budget, as they get home, they turn on the television and fight off panic attacks after hearing pundits openly discussing the threat of a new world war.

It’s no coincidence that even once solid Democratic voters are rethinking their allegiance.

It turns out that when you’re constantly worrying about losing your job, keeping your car, and have a better chance of starring in a Hollywood movie than getting a mortgage, the Democrats maniacal obsession with making sure that any male can play on the local women’s volleyball team. . . seems deranged to almost any voter.

Every county in America should be seeing massive increases in Republican Party enrollment.

If not now, when?!

If you’re a Republican or an Independent happy with our nation's direction, you must obviously identify as a Democrat, and thus it’s time to proceed accordingly.

Most Americans are unhappy with the direction of our country and that's why the Democrats, and the Biden campaign are panicking.

How does the GOP convert the well-earned panic and hysteria of the Democrats into electoral gains in 2024?

Try Recruiting Quality Candidates in Blue States: The idea of running candidates against Democrats in every district is intuitively a good one and should take place whenever possible.

Yet, state parties must do a better job of making sure candidates are running for the right reasons. Hard-working, serious, and conscientious Republican candidates often pay the political price running alongside "publicity freaks" providing a treasure trove of wacky soundbites that will be worth their weight in gold to Democrats in terms of fundraising and attracting middle of the road voters.

It’s not hard to see the publicity freaks coming from a mile away.

A common often loud refrain (and immediate red flag) among many is "the party is doing nothing for me" when they aren’t even campaigning themselves.

Another telltale sign is candidates who insult large segments of the population in profanity laced tirades posted on social media, this helps their Twitter following while costing us voters in winnable seats.

It may be a thankless and unpleasant task, but party leaders must reign in the freak shows; we have a chance to win some seats that will shock even the most optimistic strategists.

There will be some heavyily-Democratic areas where voters are reluctant to change, but please show this writer any area nationally, where Democratic voters are happy with the economy headed toward recession, happy with the rise in violent crime, content with an open border that is close to bankrupting cities across the country.

All this in addition to less available shelters meaning that more homeless people will die in the cold.

As if all of these colossal problems weren’t weighing heavily enough on the lives of Americans, North Korea is once again conducting live fire drills on its border with South Korea, and President Xi Jinping is warning our president that China may invade Taiwan.

The Democrats holistically own this mess.

It’s time for Republicans — everywhere to start acting like it, and not take the blame or fall for the left's many mistakes.

Nicholas Chamberas has advised good government advocacy groups, elected officials and political candidates on public policy matters as well as having served as a senior adviser on several prominent New York City campaigns. He holds a degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctor. Read Nicholas Chamberas' Reports — More Here.

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When you’re constantly worrying about losing your job, keeping your car, and have a better chance of starring in a Hollywood movie than getting a mortgage, the Democrats' obsession with making sure that any male can play on the local women’s volleyball team . . . seems deranged.
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