The Republicans’ “strategic incompetence”

The Republicans clearly lost the PR battle over the shutdown and the debt ceiling limit extension. Unfortunately for the GOP, the spiraling federal debt as an issue of concern appears lost on most people. It’s significance is quite simple really: The money we’ve borrowed will have to be paid back, and it’s going to be painful.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune, October 19, 2013

You might call the Republicans’ recent efforts related to the federal government shutdown and their battle with the Democrats over the debt ceiling as “strategic incompetence.” 

Strategic incompetence is the act of appearing to not know what you are doing, all the while, knowing exactly what you want to accomplish by pretending to be incompetent.

My friend Roy engages in strategic incompetence from time to time. For example, after his wife had their son, Roy decided he didn’t like changing diapers. So he would pretend to be incompetent by fumbling with the diapers, never getting the child clean enough, and otherwise incorrectly changing the diaper and upsetting the baby. In the end, his wife believed Roy was not competent to change the diapers, and she told him he didn’t have to do it anymore — which is exactly what Roy wanted.

By shutting the government down over the train wreck that is known as Obamacare and having threatened to not increase the debt ceiling, the Republicans appeared — just as Roy appeared in the eyes of his lovely wife — to be incompetent in the eyes of voters.

The strategic part of the GOP’s shutdown and debt ceiling plan was to show the American public that our government’s fiscal house needs to be put in order before the system collapses from its own weight. The Republicans’ dichotomy was they had to look incompetent to demonstrate the need for order by creating disorder.

The Republicans clearly lost the PR battle over the shutdown and the debt ceiling limit extension. Unfortunately for the GOP, the spiraling federal debt as an issue of concern appears lost on most people. It’s significance is quite simple really: The money we’ve borrowed will have to be paid back, and it’s going to be painful.

For the GOP, they lost the battle because there is no easy way to explain the importance of getting the debt under control in a 10-second sound bite on cable news while the hyperbole of the Democrats and the mainstream media (“they’re denying children with cancer their treatments, and grandmas their Social Security checks”) gets played ad nauseum. (Click here to read the full column in today’s Tampa Tribune).

 

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate 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, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him atChris@IrreverentView.com.

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2 thoughts on “The Republicans’ “strategic incompetence””

  1. So right. Party is a mess. Even lost a legislative race that should have not been close. Next the Rep. Young seat will be lost. RPOF is as bad as our congress.

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  2. Chris Ingram is a PR person. That explains why he is more interested in a scoreboard of message, than truth.

    In order to camouflage a liberal message, snarky swipes at both sides are needed, to establish the middle groung.

    The pattern for liberal dysfunction is to tell a big lie, have the media repeat the big lie, poll the public to determine the penetration of the big lie. Drown any leftover intelligence in a keg at a ball park, repeat.

    Setting up a false premise, by a PR guy like Chris, is the media equivalent of a matador flinging a cape at a bull. Chris wants to run up his charge account.

    Could we please try some truth for once? The strategery of fiscal conservatives is the result of voters, who elected a remnant of fiscal conservative congressmen, doing what they believe to be right: Getting spending under control, and stopping the most egregious expansion of Federal Power, ever.

    The Saul Alinskyite in Chief, saw this as another opportunity to practice divisive politics, while blaming the conservatives for the overspending, and giving a paid holiday to non-essential DC Democrats.

    Chris, along with every other talking head in the paid media universe, tells us, before, during and after, that the GOP lost the PR battle.

    Chris Ingram has been around long enough to know, that there is an “easy way to explain the importance of getting the debt under control in a 10-second sound bite on cable news”

    Ronald Reagan: “A government that is big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take from you everything you have.”

    Most Americans understand that simple concept, unless you are IN PR, and you need to sell machine gun bullets, to both sides of the Western Front.

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