We can't let false arguments lie; we need to answer each and every lie, each and every time it is uttered. How many times did Barack Obama talk about how the GOP "wanted to take us back to the policies that got us into this mess?" Did you ever once hear Romney talk about the Democrat supported Community Reinvestment Act? How many times did you hear the media complain that Romney/Ryan refused to release details about their tax plan? In fact, Martha Raddatz directly accused Paul Ryan of "refusing to provide details" and he didn't deny it. People noticed and assumed she was right.
Forget classy. Forget appearing presidential. America in 2012 clearly doesn't give a shit. Argue each point. Debate the very premise of the question. Get angry and let people know why you're right. Interrupt the other guy. Show America that this is that important!
Lastly, as unjust and as much as it pains me to say this, we need to retire the Tea Party. No, it's not because the Tea Party itself is bad, it's not. The problem is, the Tea Party brand has been Palinized. "Keep your government out of my Medicare." That's what the rank and file understand about the Tea Party. Or they think it's radical. Like it or not, the term Tea Party is a bad word and hurts us with so-called moderates and independents. Let's not give the left any ammunition. Let's end it. Start a new movement that has no name but is associated with right-wing arguments. Call it a protest. Call it "Grassroots." The liberals are smart enough to have shelved the Occupy banner and now simply protest stuff with their usual cadre of SEIU thugs. We have to be craftier with our packaging. And please, let's stop with the Palin and Huckabee rallies too, while we are at it. These people may be good conservatives, but they will never win a major election in today's America and they too hurt the brand.
This isn't a plea to become more like Democrats. This isn't a suggestion to water down conservatism, because I don't believe we should do that. I am suggesting that we focus our message on what's really crucial to the survival of the republic and stop pandering to social and religious conservatives who couldn't even be bothered to show up at the polls last week. This is a plea to work on the way conservatism is sold. Watching the electoral college map play out last Tuesday seemed familiar, and familiarly excruciating. Crucial work needs to be done if we ever expect to win another national election.