Ann Coulter says we have to win in 2014 and 2016 and that in order for that to happen, Republicans must concede on raising the tax rates of the top 2 percent so that Obama gets the economy he wants and the blame for it as well. If we stand on principle, Ann argues, the GOP will be blamed for the economy and we hurt our chances in the next 2 election cycles:
Problem is, just as we’ve seen over the last four years, Obama and the media will blame Republicans anyway. It’s a foregone conclusion that Republicans will be blamed for a tanking economy so why don’t we stand on principle and fight so that we don’t lose the base we already have.
If Republicans concede the higher tax rates, we will also be conceding these socialist arguments to Obama and not telling people the truth about the economy. I agree the GOP is terrible at messaging and that desperately needs to be fixed, but if they concede these higher tax rates then I believe it’s over for Republicans. Obama’s next move is checkmate.