Skip to comments.GOP strategist: Reagan is dead; move on
Posted on 12/01/2013 6:01:24 AM PST by SkyPilot
A Republican strategist is reminding his party that President Reagan is dead.
ADVERTISEMENT Ford O'Connell, who worked on Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign, says if Republicans want to win the White House in 2016, they need to break free of the "obsessive Reagan disorder."
Rule #1 of the political analyst's newly released book, "Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook for Republican Recovery," is: "Ronald Reagan is dead. Accept it."
Such a sentiment is sure to be tough to digest for a party insistent on using the 40th president's legacy as a GOP litmus test to prove conservative credentials.
"The Reagan fixation is a drag on the future success of the GOP at the national level. It undermines the candidates because it becomes a crutch for their inability to articulate an actual agenda or a forward-looking vision," he writes.
In an interview with The Hill, O'Connell says he combines his "two loves: politics and football" into his work Hail Mary, a sort-of political manual for presidential hopefuls.
The native Texan contends that he is "not pushing a personal agenda" in his blunt "playbook."
He says it is aimed squarely at the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls, whom he handicaps in a chapter entitled 2016 Republican Presidential Scouting Report."
"This was an honest attempt to say, 'Hey, if you want to win the White House, you've got to understand the obstacles and what it's going to take to get 270 electoral votes, regardless of who the nominee is," O'Connell explains.
The book is geared toward political success at the national level, not the 2014 midterm congressional elections, a point he makes in Rule #9 "The Preseason Doesn't Win You the Super Bowl."
O'Connell says that Republicans failed to capitalize on the 2010 midterm election success when the GOP regained control...
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“Kill immigration reform kill the gop”. right there I had enough of this traitor.
Karl Marx is dead. Move on.
Oh yeah, because we all want to pay money to buy a book written by the guy who lost about how to win. LOLOLOLOLOL
My own advice is to run screaming from these "experts." To move on from Reagan means to desert basic conservative principles. That we cannot do.
Ford Courtlandt O’Connell has FIVE degrees: Swarthmore College (BA), Duke University (MPP), University of Virginia (JD), University of Mississippi (MA), and Northwestern University (MSJ). It appears that other than go to school, the only thing Mr. O’Connell has ever done is “work” as a political analyst and writer. Anyone who would take advice from this guy deserves what he/she gets.
So is FDR but the Democrats still are trying (and succeeding) in implementing his policies. Why would anyone listen to someone who thinks McCain & Romney were good candidates??
Yes, Reagan is dead and the GOP has to evolve. But a big part of why the GOP is in the sorry state that it is is due to compromises and bad deals they made over the years—especially during the Reagan/Bush years. Motor Voter and the 1986 Amnesty (under Reagan) come to mind. I think border enforcement was probably better under Carter than Reagan.
Let me guess: he doesn't want us peons to move on to Cruz.
Ford Courtlandt? Oh, Buela, peel me a grape!
That’s a good start.
Looks like GOP was slooowly infiltrated with progressives, and is being manipulated in the commie direction.
That would ‘splain the “eagerness” of going after Kenyan and his push for destroying US and fueling Caliphate domination.
Time to dump the RINO RATS and rejuvenate the GOP with Reaganite patriots.
Call this pig...
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Oh! Well! A successful campaign worker of a solid Conservative candidate like McCain! And on a stellar year for us, 2008!
Well shucky darn, I better listen to EVERYTHING *this* expert has to say!
Well, I’ve been told that a significant number of Alabama fans and alumni annually visit the grave site of Bear Bryant to see if he has resurrected. And, I’m guessing that after yesterday, that number will jump up a bunch, lol !
Ford O’Connell parrots the same old, same old, tired rhetoric and failed thinking of Tokyo Rove. And it is completely wrong ... as McQueeg and Mitt proved.
I Like IKE, but I Loved Ronnie! What scares some people is they know Ronald Reagan stood for America and Loved America. Those people that hate Ronald Reagan also hate America. The truth is not difficult to understand. Thus those that say move on actually mean join them and be a hater of Freedom, Honor and Truth; everything President Ronald Reagan stood for. I’ll stand with President Ronald Reagan.
What would be the advantage of electing a Republican that is Democrat-light?
And what pray tell would be the advantage of electing the Son of Satan rather than Satan himself?