Prepare for the Lombardi Rule to take effect
Obama is planning on 5 1/2 more years in office, so he can complete what he has not yet finished.
At a campaign fundraiser on June 30, Obama made these comments, as reported byReal Clear Politics (emphasis mine):
“And, Philadelphia, I know there are some of you who are frustrated because we haven’t gotten everything done that we said we were going to do in two and a half years. It’s only been two and a half years. I got five and a half years more to go. (Applause.) And there are — look, there are times where I feel frustrated. But we knew this wasn’t going to be easy. We knew a journey like this one, there were going to be setbacks, like there were setbacks during the first campaign. There are going to be times where we stumble, just we stumbled sometimes during the first campaign.”
The video is at the link.
He is driven folks, and single-minded in his desire to force on this country his vision. And right now, the betting is that we have at best a 50/50 chance of defeating him.
Not motivated for 2012 yet? Still planning to sit home if your candidate doesn’t win the Republican nomination? Want to go third party if we get someone too RINO-ish as the nominee?
Fight to get a conservative the nomination, but remember the Lombardi Rule takes effect the nanosecond the nomination is decided.
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I’m on board with the Lombardi Rule. From CommentaryMagazine.com:
“Then there is Abraham Lincoln. Henry Clay had been Lincoln’s favorite politician, a powerful orator who Lincoln himself had twice supported for president. But in 1848, Lincoln supported Zachary Taylor rather than Clay for the Whig nomination. “There is no doubt which of the two men … Lincoln in his heart, and in the abstract, preferred,” wrote the Lincoln biographer William Lee Miller. “There was no comparison.”
Lincoln explained himself in a letter, saying, “Our only chance is Taylor. I go for him, not because I think he would make a better president than Clay, but because I think he would make a better one than Polk, or Cass, or Buchanan [all Democrats] or any other such creatures, one of whom is sure to be elected if he is not.”
Total Lombardi! In fact, the GOP candidate may want to state: OBAMA is not a d–k, but AN APPENDIX! (a vestigial organ that serves no significant function, yet under certain circumstances can cause life-threatening health problems that need prompt treatment).
good to see you out and about from the ACOC Mut.
You know who doesn’t know about the Lombardi Rule? The Left. I have been in intense board meetings, fighting for my idea only to have it defeated in a vote by some other version. Once decided, I volunteered to assist in the implementation of the other’s plan. It totally floored the amoral Ivy-League pinhead that I would do such a thing. But the idea was to fulfill a duty to the community, regardless of how I thought it should go forth. She totally expected me to be as petty as she was.
However,the Left, like Mordred, knows we will follow the Rules of fair play. They will position and champion their pick for us, knowing we’ll all get in line in the clutch. And what we’ll have is THEIR fall-back position, not ours. They are a patient lot,if we haven’t noticed it before now. So, we’ll have Mittens or Paw-Paw, who will be ineffective enough even with a Congressional majority that Socialism’s plans will only be slightly delayed until a new crop of idiots birthed from Public Education and Entitlements will storm the streets demanding all sorts of free stuff.
What will the GOP candidate have to offer to the voters at large that will sound better than “Free Stuff” ?
We must demand better from our local and state levels if we are to turn it around. We had better get busy investing in a real future, not an expedient present.
My husband thinks it’s possible we won’t even have elections in 2012. And he’s not the only one:
“There can be no doubt that they are driving us to complete and unrecoverable collapse. I can describe to you what I believe their motives to be, but that doesn’t change the reality, and I’d rather focus on what we can do about it. Time is getting short. It’s possible that there will be no elections in 2012, because we may have collapsed into chaos and anarchy.”
And damn, I never, never thought that I’d be reading about Republican candidates and thinking, “Well, I’m going to have to vote for one of them.”
Poll after poll shows that a “generic Republican” beats Obama handily. Trump demonstrated (to a mostly deaf, dumb and blind “conservative Republican base”) why the GOP field can’t match the “generic Republican” in the polls: they are Democrats. He debunked the GOP claim that Obama is a billion-dollar juggernaut who will be tough to beat by revealing that Obama doesn’t poll well against Trump. Trump also proved that the GOP field is very weak. That is what makes Obama look strong. It is that very manufactured fear that will assure the GOP establishment that they can win their Democrat the GOP nomination.
Next year should be a romp for the GOP but the GOP establishment once again insists on making it close by insisting on nominating a candidate who is as close to the Democratic nominee as possibly rather than giving us the candidate we want. That is how they fight for the same big globalist corporatist money fueling both parties and which is pitting our government against citizens.
I am going to stick to the Pasadena Phil rule: “I don’t vote for Democrats or liberals, especially if they run as Republicans”. If Obama gets re-elected, it’s won’t be because of people like me who don’t like big government fascism and don’t see any difference between “two” parties. It will be because of people who have already given up the fight and are already holding their noses for fear that the GOP will again present a Democrat who will lose in the general election. We don’t need another RINO to finish the job GWB started and Obama built on.
Let’s focus our energies on what is wrong with the GOP proposition this year and not waste our time fixing the blame on conservatives for losing for lack of courage and conviction to fight for our principles. I won’t let fear guide me.
In your first post after moving to the new blog hosting setup, you presented a very honest rundown of how you were never particularly political before you started blogging and have learned plenty on your road to conservatism. Let’s not suddenly lose our spine surrendering from fear to RINOs so early. This is a winnable battle but not if we give up in the first inning. You have reached the blockade where conservatives always seem to lose the fight out of lack of imagination and lack of resolve. Work your way through it. This may be the last chance we have to preserve our constitution-based freedoms and society.
It’s not as simple as making sure that a Republican, ANY Republican, defeats Obama. There is only one party with two narratives that lead us to the same place. How much more proof do we need?
Trump laid out the political space for victory and threatens to fill that space himself if the GOP fails to grasp the opportunity. Let’s work on getting a non-Democrat to fill that space. It’s that simple. Nominate a solid Republican and it will be a landslide. If we can’t do it after Obama, the GOP shouldn’t exist. Could we at least try something other than holding our noses and praying that THIS TIME, things will be different?
Sir, keep on repeating this as we get ever closer to the GOP convention time. One thing about being a conservative is knowing that the GOP can, often, disappoint its supporters and can harbor flaming progressives like Teddy Roosevelt and “W.” But also, there’s Sarah, Michelle, and others like them, who are actually Conservatives.
Maybe your new role in life is to be the Hector of the GOP, standing to the side and shouting at us to keep to the path of Righteousness rather than the mushy middle.
Pasadena Phil is my hero.
The question is not whether the Conservatives will split the GOP. The GOP had better question whether or not it can split the Conservative vote. I don’t think it can, and I’m willing to put my vote there or withhold it altogether for the first time in my life.
I won’t be cowed into voting against principle ever again.
Let the GOP hear THAT mouse roar.
If the GOP keeps pointing the “bipartisan” and “RINO” gun at us, we are well within strategy to point back a Third Party Bazooka at them.
I will NOT wait until the dust has settled to make up my mind and wind up eating another sh*t McSandwich from the GOP.
If we accept the GOP’s puppet, we have accepted the Left’s fallback position. Therein is a killing field for Liberty.
We may put off ultimate sundown for another few trips ’round the orb. That may well happen regardless. Over 50% of the population lives off the common weal because the only hand that stayed home and rocked the numerous cradles was the hand on a handout, a subsidy, or underwritten by a spouse in the government sector.
We’re quickly moving out of the gray areas. It was so nice and dreamy there in the fog of our inattention to the GOP’s system.
My question about this “Lombardi Rule”:
If the voters nominate Sarah, will the GOP establishment follow the “Lombardi Rule”?
Bingo! It is the Rovian progressives who are now trying the push conservatives into a corner by working on fear instead of principles. These are the same people who worked against Joe Miller, the GOP nominee, making it possible for that wack-job Murky Murkowski to win as an independent (3rd party IS viable isn’t it????). They also worked against other Tea Party GOP candidates in DE, NV, and CA.
Anyone who casts their vote now by promising to vote Republican no matter who gets the nomination is voting on a blank ballot and letting Karl Rove and his dirty crowd fill in the candidate. Make them work for your vote!!!
In 2008, 7-8 million southern conservatives stayed home and another 1-2 million voted 2nd party faced with choosing between 2 Democrats. I voted for Bob Barr. The Rovian Progs intended to wreck the Reagan coalition and they have. Now they feel entitled to our conservative votes and rather than offer us any concessions, the best they can do is threaten us and call us names.
Let’s make sure we get 2011 right by wrestling control of the GOP away from these crooks and start worrying about the 2012 elections later. Remember what they teach you in the military, when in a jam control your fear. Fear makes you blind. Fear reduces your world view into tunnel vision.
It is very telling that Rove’s first move and this early is to copy Obama and go on a fear-mongering campaign. Don’t fall for it.
Re: Kitty —
There is certainly the possibility/appearance that the Planned Chaos in intended to create a “crisis” that can then be used as an excuse to “postpone” the 2012 election until the “crisis” has been resolved (i.e., postponed indefinitely).
I’ve got a question similar to DonB- what chance do you suppose there is of the same folks who think DemLite is a winning strategy suddenly holding with the Lombardi rule?
Seems like the style is more fight for your guy, undermine whoever wins and crow “I told you so!” when the person still barely loses.
Put me with Pasadena Phil and Joan Of Argghh.
I’m in general agreement with the Lombardi Rule, but with this caveat. Is it really “winning” when a Democrat is elected masquerading as a moderate Republican? Based on recent experiences I think not. Sometimes winning means doing a Goliath and pulling the pillars holding up the temple directly down on our heads, crushing selves, foe and friend alike in order our heirs can be freed – and survive.
I think you mean Samson.
Duh. You are spot on. Wrong big guy.
BTW, why is the 11th commandment only applies when conservatives criticize RINOs? I didn’t see Levin or anyone else troubled by that commandment to attack Trump when he was talking about thinking about running. And what about Ed Rollins attacking Bachmann?
Let’s stop with the phony rules and fight for our principles. Like Patrick Ruffini famously said a few years ago at Townhall.com, politics is a full-contact sport. Get a helmet.
Phil, I think you mean Ed Rollins (from Bachman’s “campaign”) attacking Sarah.
Yes you’re right. Dumb mistake.
Lombardi Rule, hmm. “We play fairly, by the rules, but to win.” Yeah, right, I’m just a wee bit more cynical, I think this is more like the 50% + 1 condundrum.
Most Americans vote their pocket books. With over 40 million Americans on food stamps in addition to millions more on various government assistance programs, how many voters will vote their short term interest even if that means standing further away from the water on the deck of the Titanic? You can bet the Democrat campaign is going to focus on one thing and that will be to sow fear in the millions who are collecting government assistance of any kind, not just food stamps, but Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security that what little they get will be cut or taken away.
The issue dear Professor is not about fairness, for if it were, then Obama would never have been elected given the numerous lies (too harsh), statements with expiration dates to convince the independents and moderates to vote for him. NEVER, EVER underestimate the ability of a liberal to spin. The 2012 election is not about fairness, it is about the character of this society. Whether Obama wins in 2012 will be solely determined whether those who collect government benefits can muster the courage to over come their fear of not getting a handout versus the opportunity and self respect of being self supporting members of society again.
We all know cuts must be made and Obama has continued to demonstrate that by leading from behind, he doesn’t and won’t take the blame/responsibility but rather is happily willing to let Conservatives and GOP take the blame for doing what is responsible and necessary. The entire Debt Limit debate has been characterized how by him? Those mean heartless Republicans cutting benefits for the needy. That is how the entire 2012 campaign is going to be framed by Democrats.
Vince Lombarbi started with an assumption, the other team was playing by the same rules to win. Reality Check, Democrats play by only one rule, winning, all else is naive foolishness. The only way for a Republican candidate to win the general election is 1. be media savy, 2. listen and take the advice of political allies unlike McCain, 3. Clearly articulate the current situation is unsustainable and will only get worse with Obama’s policy subscriptions, 4. Clearly articulate the solutions over and over again. Solutions that make intuitive sense to the common person. 5. Develop and stick to a plan that recognizes and counters the mudslinging that will be coming from all the opposition research that Obama’s Team is furiously doing right now and 6. Never be afraid to stick your finger in the eye of your opponent.