President Obama will deliver a speech today that Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, predicts will be widely ignored. The chief executive will say the same things he’s been saying throughout his career – the country needs more federal programs, regulation, taxes and spending.
That, of course, is why a couple of days from now, it is likely hardly anybody outside of the White House and the mediasphere will remember what the president said in today’s oration.
A path for the GOP
Even so, Lee sees value in the Obama speech because, as he explains in an exclusive oped in the Washington Examiner today, “the argument the president is going to make – that bigger government is the only thing that can protect the middle class from our unfair economy – is precisely the argument Republicans are going to have to refute if we ever hope to rebuild a national majority.”
Lee suggests the GOP should pursue what might be termed the “three crises strategy” – anchoring the party’s messaging in the future to what the Utah Republican calls the crises of “upward mobility,” “cronyism” and “the middle class.”
All three are about equality and fairness, and all three are the result of decades of failure for the very approach in which Lee expects Obama will today encourage Americans to persevere.
Libertarian populism for what ails us
But Lee’s prescription for how the GOP should respond to Obama is a rather positive application of the libertarian populism that animates so much of the party’s base, plus a strong dose of appreciation of traditional American community.
And that’s why the Utah senator’s oped – which you can read here – just might prove to be more memorable than anything Obama will say today from the presidential podium.
From today’s Washington Examiner
David M. Drucker: Tea Party, GOP lawmakers meet to talk legislative priorities
Noemie Emery: Dog-whistling ‘Dixie’ is wearing awfully thin
Diana Furchtgott-Roth: Larry Summers for Federal Reserve Board chairman
Watchdog Team/Richard Pollock: Consumer protection bureau lawyers lacked banking law training
Watchdog Team/Kelly Cohen: NASA underreported conference costs by 70 percent
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The Wall Street Journal: Concerns mount as the Pope drops defenses – Returning the Catholic Church in South America to the grassroots can be a dangerous undertaking.
The Washington Post: Big defense firms faring well despite sequester – Quietly cutting jobs and other measures help the military-industrial complex weather the budget storm, but more trouble may loom.
The New York Times: House GOP sets offensive on Obama goals – What’s this, congressional Republicans actually taking action to secure the biggest spending cuts in a generation?
The Telegraph (UK): West should prepare for Assad victory – The unthinkable is about to happen and it doesn’t matter what Obama does now.
USA Today: Say goodbye to door-to-door mail delivery – California Republican thinks everybody should get one of those apartment cluster mail boxes.
Talking Points Memo: Meet the man who made Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell ‘deeply sorry’ – Johnny Williams could sell snowballs to eskimos.
Think Progress: That saber-rattling neocon Lindsay Graham wants war with Iran – Preparing resolution to authorize it if nothing changes in two months.
Salon: Remember Andrew Dice Clay? We didn’t want to, either – But there he is, making yet another comeback.
National Review Online: Kevin Williamson says it’s time to leave the Plantation behind – Does Al Sharpton really embody the ‘rent-a-negro’ phenomenon Cornel West sees on MSNBC?
Daily Caller: Jeffrey Zients is found in South Africa – Next question is, when’s he coming back to face the IRS music?
Washington Free Beacon: Israel angry about U.S. leaks on sub attack on Russian missile shipment to Syria -
Lost and Found: WFB’s Robert Charette located in Imogen Lloyd Webber’s eyes – A Maxim approach to conservative journalism?