Greg Gerig: Instant (& Cheap) Activism: GOP 2016 *NOW*
I posted this (below) on the Facebook page for the national Tea Party a few days ago, but I wanted to get the idea out there for everybody in the LA and SM Tea Party groups to consider too:
The GOP seems to be having trouble getting its 2016 campaign motor running, and time's a wastin'. So lets give them a jump start...
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I want to issue a general heads-up to all Tea Partiers and Republicans of principle, and ask that everybody spread the word to like-minded people as quickly as possible:
If you're like me, you get a lot of political emails from a lot of different GOP / Tea Party / Objectivist / Libertarian / Conservative groups. Recently a few of them have sent out prominent emails with variations of "Stop Hillary in 2016" in the subject line and body.
I can't offer proof, only speculation, but I have a hard time believing this is anything *other* than a covert, advance campaign strategy by... none other than the Hillary 2016 campaign organization and the Democrat-Socialist Party.
Hillary Dolores Umbridge Clinton, without question, drools over the idea of becoming The First Female American President. I think she dreams of it night and day; that she lusts after it like a 13-year-old eyeing a Playboy at a newsstand. But Mrs. Umbridge-Clinton has a problem: She can't openly campaign for 2016 while Obama is only in the sixth month of his second term. It would be unseemly. There might be backlash from the Obama Faithful. So, what to do... what to do...
Get Republicans to do the campaigning for you.
It's four birds knocked dead with one stone:
- Every time someone says "Stop Hillary 2016," she gets her name, mega-early, associated in people's minds with the 2016 Presidential election;
- She gets the idea broadcast that she is (somehow) a formidable, "frontrunner" candidate, The One To Beat, someone just so overwhelmingly awesome that Republicans are already forming PACs and strategies to "Stop" her (at a time when not a single Republican has even made a peep about 2016);
- She gets tons of publicity absolutely free of charge;
- She gets the knee-slap-ironic satisfaction that she's scammed Republicans - her opposition - into doing all of this advertising for her.
If this is *not* an idea hatched by Democrat-Socialists, if it really *is* activism initiated by Republicans, then the people responsible are worse than stupid, they're dangerous to the Republican cause. I won't allow myself to believe that anyone outside of the Democrat Party could be that oblivious to political strategy.
As another anecdotal point, this last Friday in traffic I saw what I expect to be a coming barrage of "Hillary 2016" bumperstickers - and we're only six months into Obama's second term. So make no mistake, the Hillary campaign for 2016 is already in full swing.
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So here's my suggestion for some simple but far-reaching counter-strategy. If you get anything or see anything - an email, a Facebook meme, a snail-mail fundraiser letter - that talks about "Stop Hillary 2016" in any variation:
1. Absolutely DO NOT forward it, re-post it or donate money to its originators;
2. Go to the originators' site, look for a contact email or form, and explain to them what ought to be obvious: That they are, unwittingly or not, performing free publicity for Hillary Dolores Umbridge Clinton's coveted 2016 campaign effort, and that they should cease and desist;
3. Delete the email;
and the most important one:
4. STRIKE BACK.
Remember President Bush's second term? Neither do I. The Democrat Party essentially marginalized Bush as a "lame duck" and he accomplished next to nothing on key Republican agenda items. The fact that Bush was a RINO on everything except foreign policy didn't particularly help.
But recall how incredibly *early* the Democrats were campaigning for 2008? The final syllables of Bush's Second Inaugural Address had scarcely finished echoing off of the Capitol steps in January of 2005 before the Democrat Party's 2008 candidate field were crisscrossing the country, forming "exploratory committees," kicking off 2008 fundraisers, loudly announcing their candidacies, doing campaign interviews in all media available to them, issuing press releases, etc.
The strategy was simple, and ultimately it was effective: Campaign all over Bush's second term, thereby painting him as a Lame Duck and marginalizing and neutralizing his agenda.
Apparently nobody among likely GOP contenders has learned a thing from that strategy, since not a one of them has chosen to return the favor by similarly campaigning all over Obama's second term, so LET'S DO IT FOR THEM.
The SMTP's goal is not to advocate for this candidate over that candidate, but let's get Republican 2016 candidate names - any and all - into the public eye, aggressively, starting now. We must cement the public perception that we Republicans OWN the 2016 Presidency, period.
First, if you have any of your non-Romney candidate shirts or bumperstickers around and they don't have the year 2012 on them, use them. I say "non-Romney" because not only is Romney a RINO, putting his name out there again just reminds people of the GOP's 2012 defeat - assuming it was an actual defeat rather than an election stolen by fraud (which we'll never know.)
Just this week I started wearing my "Herman Cain for President" tee shirt all over the place, particularly while running and bicycling. It doesn't matter that it's actually a 2012 shirt (it's ideal because it doesn't have a date on it,) or that Cain hasn't said anything about 2016 and is unlikely to run in any case. The point is that if I were to see that shirt or sticker, my immediate thought would be: "Cain is running again in 2016? Interesting."
That's what we want: People associating "President 2016" with: Republicans. Again, Hillary is already at work associating herself with "2016" and, comically, "unstoppable." We can and should turn this strategy against her and the Democrats.
Second, if you can find someone on the 'Net who's selling shirts, stickers, signs, backpacks, whatever, with "Allen West 2016," "Rand Paul 2016," "Ted Cruz 2016," "Tim Scott 2016," "Nikki Haley 2016," "Mike Lee 2016" or whoever your choice is, buy some of them and use them. Get a bunch and sell them or even give them away at your next Tea Party rally or meeting.
Third, if you can't find one with the candidate(s) you like, go to a site like Zazzle, Makestickers, CafePress and the like, and make your own for your favorite candidate, or for your "2016 dream ticket."
[I've already worked up a serviceable "Allen West - Rand Paul 2016" sticker/shirt graphic but need to do some tweaks to the background before I start selling it. I will post it at the SMTP site after I send this, and get it up and running at my Zazzle store as soon as I can get a couple of proofs made and received. Assuming a little pro-liberty SPAM is acceptable, the URL is: http://www.zazzle.com/poorrichardprintshop So far I've only got a couple of designs up there, but they're available on a zillion items, and more to come. You can do the same with your own ideas.]
The point is: Since the Republican 2016 candidates, weirdly enough, are still sitting on the bench, let's get the ball rolling ourselves, from the grassroots up.
And if it really is the Hillary camp that's responsible for this "Stop Hilary 2016" nonsense, let's also make this The Mother Of All Backlashes.
REPUBLICAN PARTY 2016, BABY!