More 2011 predictions
I went to two of the smartest Republican advisers/analysts for their prognostications about 2011. Todd Harris, a Republican strategist and communications director on the 2008 Fred Thompson presidential campaign, had this:
1) Tea Parties will continue to maintain prominence, but watch for social conservatives to begin trying to flex some muscle again, especially if the economy starts to improve.
2) Establishment GOPers in Washington have a love/hate relationship with the Tea Party. They love the energy the Tea Party brings, but are also secretly terrified of them. They saw what happened to [Utah Sen. Bob] Bennett, [Delaware Rep. Mike] Castle and others. That means issues like deficit reduction, spending cuts and other Tea Party issues may receive the attention they deserve. Fear of the Tea Party may motivate Washington to make real cuts.
Dana Perino, president of Dana Perino and Company and White House press secretary to President Bush, offered her take on Obama's supposed comeback:
I don't think anyone's really buying that the president's approval rating is about to turn around because of the legislation passed in the lame duck. I give this about a two-week shelf life, especially as a bright light is shone on the regulations that are coming out of Obamacare and the financial regulatory reform bill. The more people -- and businesses -- find out about what's required to be in compliance with the new laws, the more convoluted it gets. The squeakiest wheels are getting greased through exemptions, but someone's going to have to bear the brunt of these bills -- and that will keep job creation at a slow crawl.
But liberals keep telling me that Obama is "back" and the Tea Party is a bunch of wackos. Hmm. I guess we'll find out which side is right soon enough.
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