In a recent article about GOP presidential candidate, Ron Paul, it quotes him discussing how social issues are a losing position for the Republicans. Glenn’s response is, “he’s absolutely right.”
Frequent guest of the show and GOP presidential nominee, Rick Santorum, has been at the forefront of the talk on social issues—mostly because that’s exactly where the media would like him to be, as far away from President Obama’s record as possible.
Glenn believes that Rick Santorum has to “get back on track and start talking about the things that affect people’s lives.” He later adds, “He’s got to be a politician and start talking about Barack Obama’s energy policy, Barack Obama’s economic policy, Barack Obama’s military policy. He’s got to start talking about the things that Barack Obama has done to this country. He’s gutted this country.”
Obviously Glenn believes these things are important, but he also believes that it is our responsibility to focus on those things. In order to win an election against Obama, whoever the candidate is, the focus has to be the economy and energy.
In 2008 everyone thought John McCain was the guy because he was strong on war and the military. Glenn points out, “Instead of getting a guy who could talk the economy and could have talked circles around Barack Obama, we get - we get John McCain, who is totally prepared to speak about war; totally horrible on everything else. We're doing the same thing. We're doing the same thing. Rick Santorum is great on war. He's great on the economy. He's great on the size of government. He's great on social issues. He's great on the attack on faith. But you've got the politicians have got to be very, very clear and very strong and then move on.”
Pat responded by saying, “Well, the reason the social issues are not winning proposition for the nominee this time is because everybody's focused on the economy,” And later added that “the Democrats are in such a bad position on the economy, they love the talk on contraceptives.”
When the key talking point becomes a false narrative on contraceptives, it has to be a sign your campaign is in trouble. Unfortunately, the Democrats control the media, which means the Democrats have the power to control the narrative the Republican candidates are not careful.
Republicans like Rick Santorum have to control the debate on these social issues, because the know the attacks are coming. Glenn gives a great example of what Rick Santorum should say when these issues come up:
“Look, we're all Catholics now, and this is an attack on your faith. And people of faith have got to stand up and stand together. But there's other attacks that are happening. The attacks how about the attack on your wallet. Gas it up 100%. Mr. Obama, what are you doing? I know you said your own policy will necessarily make energy prices skyrocket. There's one promise you've kept.”
“That’s a winning propositions right there,” Pat responded. The President would have not be able to respond to that with him economic record or with his energy policy.