As the Republican Party tries to get up from its crushing defeat, every person in the media and blogosphere, including myself, has tried to put their spin on what exactly happened. Some have said that it was the messenger in Mitt Romney; while others have said it was the message of Conservative principles. In the end, I believe it was a combination of several things: Romney not articulating Conservative principles acutely, as well as an extraordinary media blackout of Benghazi, or anything that would paint the Patron Saint Obama in a negative light. Either way, Conservatives lost, and we have to get up from the floor, and start prepping for the next fight.
Some in the media, however, are still trying to destroy the Republican Party from the inside out, by creating unnecessary “scandal.” This is where the Huffington Post comes in. Their latest headline reads: “Mitt Romney Economic Adviser Calls For Raising Taxes On The Rich, Contradicting Entire GOP Campaign.”
Interesting. The article goes on to expound on what Romney advisor, Glenn Hubbard said in his Op-Ed for Tuesday’s Financial Times. Here are Hubbard’s exact words:
“The first step is to raise average (not marginal) tax rates on upper-income taxpayers. Revenue increases should first come from these individuals. This means closing loopholes … Republicans cannot argue for low tax rates without being clear about where [spending] cuts must come from.”
Part of this is just fine. Republicans must be specific in regard to any loopholes they want to close. The other part is where Huffington is spinning. Lets break down what this article is trying to argue:
The Conservative message is invalid because even those within the inner circle are arguing against it.
This is being implied throughout the article and even rather directly in the headline. This is a false argument. The writer of this piece is making the assertion that because a single person who advised Romney believes differently than Romney, that person must be correct. Because if someone who is part of the inner circle says it, the argument has more validity than if it were coming from the opposition.
The argument is ridiculous. Those at the Huffington Post see an opportunity to plant seeds of dissent into the minds of those in the Republican Party. They think that by playing up this “inner circle” argumentation, they can actually make people believe that hiking up taxes on the rich is the solution, when it has been shown time and time again that it is not.
The media will play up these types of arguments for the next two years, so that their candidates won’t get swept out of the House and Senate in the 2014 mid-terms. They remember 2010 all too well. They need to weaken the Conservative base and the Republican Party so their pet candidates can continue to win elections. They will do this insidiously through articles like the one on HuffPo, and the one on CNN from several days ago regarding immigration. Don’t fall for the more subtle of media ploys, because they’re only going to get worse. I’ll leave you with a very appropriate quote from Socrates:
“Whenever, therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances to that truth.”