Nobody knows who the Republican nominee is going to be in 2012. Romney? Gingrich? Paul?
Whoever it is, one thing applies to all. The strategy that will take him to the White House.
And Michael Barone spells it out:
Lesson: If you want redistribution, you’d better first produce growth. Which the Obama Democrats’ policies have failed to do.
A famous quote from Ronald Reagan also applies:
"Are you better off now than you were four years ago?"
Fact of the matter?
After three years of Obama being focused on jobs - day and night - and making it his number one priority - there are more unemployed Americans in this country than there were the day he took office.
He has failed in his prime mission as president.
Democrats in 2012 will try to make the election about Mormons. And about George W. Bush ("the failed policies of the past"). And about those evil rich people who have prevented the most powerful man on the planet from getting his job done (temporarily, but they'll be crushed in the end).
But America is not in a mood to play their game.
It's about jobs. And getting this country moving again.
A final quote to remember. It comes from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie:
“Let’s be real clear, President Barack Obama came out to Iowa three years ago and he talked to you about hope and change. Well let me tell you after three years of Obama, we are hopeless and changeless and we need Mitt Romney to bring us back, to bring America back.”
Whether it's Romney or Santorum or Gingrich, that theme shouldn't change. We have in three short years gone from "hope and change" to "hopeless and changeless."
The Republican candidate for president should shout that message from the mountaintops.