Republicans have to acknowledge the nastiness of their opponent.
There is a reflexive desire among a certain species of moderate Republicans to be perceived as “civil” by liberal opponents who believe that the mere existence of free-market, limited-government conservatism is an indecent affront to humankind. All aboard the USS Lost Cause.
This disastrous, bend-over bipartisanship is a hard habit to break. In 2008, Arizona senator John McCain rode the “Barack Obama is a nice guy, but vote for me” wave to crashing defeat. In 2012, McCain’s endorsee, Mitt Romney, has made “Barack Obama is a nice guy but in over his head” a standard stump-speech talking point.
Conservatives of good will who’ve watched President Obama brutalize his enemies have one question for the nice-guy niceties: Why, GOP, why?
Romney’s smarter-than-thou strategists explain that he can’t scare off independents and Democrats with straight talk about Obama’s thuggery. But he’s turning off the conservative base, on whom his hold is tenuous. More important, Romney’s McCain Lite impersonation is also writing off independents and Democrats who’ve come to realize what the myriad targets of White House bullying have learned the hard way over the past four years: Barack Obama is not a “nice guy.”
Ask Gerald Walpin, the former AmeriCorps inspector general who was pushed out of his job by the Obamas after exposing fraud and corruption perpetrated by Democratic mayor of Sacramento and Obama friend Kevin Johnson. Walpin was unceremoniously fired and smeared by Team Obama. The White House baselessly questioned the veteran watchdog’s mental health and never apologized for slandering him.
Ask the family, friends, and co-workers of murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. They have been forced to sue the Obama administration to combat the Operation Fast and Furious cover-up of deadly policy decisions that led to their hero’s death. “I think they are liars, and I would tell them that,” Terry’s father, Kent, said of Obama’s henchmen.
As Townhall editor Katie Pavlich makes clear in her devastating new book, Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up, the president, his corrupt attorney general, Eric Holder, and their minions weren’t “in over their heads.” They knew exactly what they were doing and have obstructed investigations into the bloody consequences of their policies ever since.
That’s not “nice.” It’s rotten to the core.
Nice? Ask those who have felt the wrath of Obama: tea-party members, bitterly clinging gun owners, and voters of faith; budget-reform leaders, such as Wisconsin’s GOP congressman Paul Ryan and governor Scott Walker; Chrysler creditors and dealers and Delphi auto-parts workers strong-armed and cut out of the White House auto-bailout negotiations with United Auto Workers; the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Americans for Prosperity, and their donors; Fox News; conservative talk-radio giant Rush Limbaugh; the Congressional Budget Office; and the Supreme Court.