GOP’s Squandered Opportunity

Despite Obama gaffes, Democrats’ hopes to regain White House this fall remain strong thanks to failures of Bush and GOP-controlled Congress

By Chris Ingram

Despite the Pennsylvania Primary and the self-inflicted implosion of the Democrat Party, I really wanted to write something this week about how disappointed I am with the Republican Party. Specifically, how Republicans (President Bush, the GOP Congress and Republican voters) have squandered such a terrific opportunity to do great things over the last eight years.

Can you imagine what Ronald Reagan would have done with even a single session of Congress controlled by the Republican Party? Under Reagan, we were a party that had convictions. Today, when we talk about convictions in our party, we’re more likely to be talking about former Republican members of Congress now in jail.

Despite having a Republican-controlled congress for six of his eight years in office, George W. Bush hasn’t given us much. He had the opportunity to re-define the GOP and how government works. Unfortunately, he did it more like a Democrat. With Republican majorities, all he could manage to do was get us involved in the never-ending war in Iraq, increase the size of unnecessary government bureaucracy (think TSA) to the point that Teddy Kennedy blushed, and expand entitlement programs (think Medicare Prescription Drug benefits) our children will not be able to bear. L.B.J. would have been proud of W. Reckless spending must be a Texas ego thing.

But alas, my Republican brethren will harass me to no end for not writing something irreverent about the party of simple-minds and no solutions. That’s you, my Democrat friends. So here it is – my take on the Democratic Party’s looming May Day crisis.

Just a few months ago, I wrote on Front Page Florida that Barack Obama was the GOP’s nightmare November candidate. Obamamania was sweeping the country – or at least the minds of those who watch insipid programs on FOX television. You know, the ones requiring viewers to vote. And television news “journalists” were gushing about how much they liked/loved Obama. As I said back then, this is what happens when you have a candidate best known because Oprah Winfrey supports him. To this day, ask a mindless supporter what Obama stands for, and all they can tell you is “change.”

Obama’s real strength, I speculated, was that the goons at GOP headquarters in Washington wouldn’t know how to blast a well-educated black man with a strong command of the King’s English who doesn’t invoke race-filled hate into every speech he gives (Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton being the antitheses).

Despite Obama’s terrifying lack of credentials, he appeared unstoppable.

That was before Reverend Wright, Tony Rezko, Pennsylvania bitterness, and Michelle Obama’s “never been proud of America” comments. Obama showed he’s fallible. And there will certainly be more Obama missteps. But hey, at least this candidate knows sniper fire when he hears it.

Now it is almost May, and much to Hillary Clinton’s contentment and Obama’s chagrin, the Democrats are still almost equally split. Democratic primary voters seem confused as to whether or not they should vote for a pathological liar (think Democrat version of Katherine Harris) who knows every last policy detail, but whose excruciatingly painful personality is more annoying than fingernails on a chalk-board; or a candidate with no real leadership experience but who knows how to woo votes better than a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Obama’s gaffes have demonstrated to voters he’s a rookie capable of making big mistakes on the campaign trail. The question is, will the same voters correlate big mistakes on the campaign trail to mistakes in office if elected? Or would they rather have someone like Kathie Bates’ character “Annie” from the movie “Misery” sitting in the oval office?

Either way, if the Democrats prevail, we’re all in trouble, and it will be a painful four years.

I’m hoping the “Straight Talk Express” has a good set of tires.

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corportate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Frontpage Florida, and National Review online. E-mail him at:

4 thoughts on “GOP’s Squandered Opportunity”

  1. Bush and the GOP are as bad as the Democrats. I dont trust any politicians, but McCain is the lesser of the 2 other evils.


  2. Hi Chris,

    I love your column. I agree that Obama has had some huge gaffes politically, but do you really think his allegiance to Reverend Wright reflects on Obama’s patriotism at all? It’s powerful to conflate Wright’s “Go Damn America” with Obama’s missing flag pin, but ultimately, from a rational, well-thought out perspective, it’s ridiculous.



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