From Pete Speer -
The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the major sections of Obamacare is bad news. The decision does not require that this abomination remain the law of the land. A new President and a Republican Congress can change that.
You are the manager of Mitt Romney's campaign. You posit that you are in addition a good friend of the candidate. To win, Mitt will need the best advice possible. Digest this and send it on.
You were elected Treasurer of the State of Illinois by running a vigorous campaign with a specific platform. Unfortunately, Bill Brady, running for governor lost to a candidate who promised to raise taxes. Bill stepped into a trap of his own making. Senator Brady announced that he had a Plan but would not disclose it until after his election. This was a political felony. The Quinn team made this the winning issue.
Bill Brady snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by not connecting with the voters eager to elect someone with a plan they could understand.
Politics and economic -- and not social issues -- are of primary concern to voters in this election. Voters do not like to be treated as stupid.
Politics in Illinois and in the country is bounded by voter distrust for both parties. Bill Brady failed the test.
Our candidate for President has pontificated that he has a plan. He has not elaborated. I fear that Governor Romney ahs fallen into the Brady trap -- run from the front porch, try to appear divinely deserving -- the Thomas E. Dewey approach in 1948. Truman won that race, I recall, even though his party was divided into three parts.
Realpolitik suggests that Obamacare is not an issue now -- unless and until we elect a President, a majority Congress and 60 senators. Only then can repeal be accomplished and a workable substitute passed. The democrats will try to use today's victory as a triumph and blow smoke to hide their failures with the economy.
Do not allow Mitt Romney to be caught in this trap as well. "It is the economy, stupid" The voters do not want generalities. They want specifics.
As the Romney campaign manager for Illinois, you have the collateral duty of aiding the election of each of the Republican Congressional Candidate. To ensure a Republican majority in the House they must win. A smart Presidential campaign will certainly help. A campaign wreathed in generalities will not.
And finally, The Republicans in Illinois have fielded a smart group of candidates for the General Assembly. Getting out votes for the ticket has never been harder. People are distrustful of all politicians. In Illinois they have been fooled too many times. The voters want meat to chew on. "Meat from Mitt" -- there's an instant slogan for you.
We would like to win back the General Assembly. We may not be able to do it in a single election cycle. We need to go several steps up that ladder in 2012 and beat the Governor in 2014. For that we need a leader. Your showing in 2012 should be as well of personal interest.
Pete Speer is an active conservative Republican from Wheeling Township.