“Urgency of now” should be for the economy, not health care

by Lisa Mathias

In Byron York’s latest article for the Washington Examiner, a recent Gallup poll shows that Americans do not feel the urgency that President Obama is pressing for in reforming health care. York also gets insight from the WG’s David Winston and refers to a recent WG memo to Republican leaders stating that the real concern lies in fixing the economy, and not so much in health care.

For a recent report to House Republican leader Rep. John Boehner, Winston asked people to judge two different approaches to today’s woes. The choice was between “Republicans who say Congress should be focusing on long-term policies that create jobs, like small business and family tax relief, and controlling federal spending to get our economy moving again,” and “Democrats who say that health insurance reform is key to jump-starting the economy by expanding coverage to the uninsured, lowering costs, and restricting the worst insurance company practices, and we must get it done this year.”
Fifty-four percent of respondents agreed with the Republican approach, versus 40 percent who agreed with the Democratic approach. That’s not because they like Republicans better than Democrats — they don’t — but because they want their leaders to directly address the economy and jobs.

To read more, turn to washingtonexaminer.com for the full article.

The Right Idea, Episode 34 – The “New” DC

by Lisa Mathias

The Right Idea, Episode 34: The “New” DC from The Winston Group on Vimeo.

Ever since Obama became president, DC has quickly become the place to see and be seen. How do three DC residents feel about all the changes? Kristen, Amanda and Allison continue this week’s round of discussions with their opinions on their city’s newfound popularity.

Healthcare distracting Democrats from the economy

by canderson

David, in a memo to House Minority Leader John Boehner, writes that Democrats are neglecting the economy (still the top issue among the electorate) in their focus on healthcare. Reid Wilson of The Hill discusses the memo.

“Yet as jobs reports continue to be grim and as Americans question whether the stimulus has worked, the president and congressional Democrats remain focused on health insurance reform rather than the economy,” Winston wrote.

[The Hill]

The Right Idea, Episode 33 – Health Care Reform

by Lisa Mathias

The Right Idea, Episode 33: Health Care Reform from The Winston Group on Vimeo.

With Olympia Snowe giving the latest healthcare reform bill the thumbs up, can we really call it bi-partisan? Kristen chats with the Washington Times’ Andrea Carpenter and the Independent Women’s Forum’s Allison Kasic about the lastest in healthcare reform developments, as well as the bigger issue of the U.S. economy.

The Right Idea, Episode 32 – The Intellectual Direction of the Right

by Lisa Mathias

The Right Idea, Episode 32 – The Intellectual Direction of the Right from The Winston Group on Vimeo.

In this week’s 2nd episode, Kristen, Ross and Reihan discuss whether conservative political discourse has fallen by the wayside to allow for more entertainment value. Have we really become “more Glenn Beck and less William F. Buckley”?

The Right Idea, Episode 31 – Middle Class Voters

by Lisa Mathias

The Right Idea, Episode 31 – Middle Class Voters from The Winston Group on Vimeo.

What new strategies will help Republicans connect with Middle America? Kristen chats with the writers of “Grand New Party” – Ross Douthat from The New York Times and Reihan Salam from the New America Foundation – about key issues leaders must address when reaching out to voters.

The Right Idea, Episode 30 – Talking Points

by Lisa Mathias

The Right Idea, Episode 30 – Talking Points from The Winston Group on Vimeo.

“Die quickly”? This week’s second TRI takes a look at Senator Alan Grayson’s controversial comment about the Republican health care plan. Kristen, Chris and Abby look at the repercussions of Grayon’s words and how using the right – or wrong – words can help a candidate raise money.

The Right Idea, Episode 29 – The Olympics

by Lisa Mathias

The Right Idea Episode 29 – The Olympics from The Winston Group on Vimeo.

Comments from left and right – mostly from the right – flew after Obama’s trip to Copenhagen failed to secure a win for Chicago to host the 2016 Olympics. Kristen chats with Abby Alger and The Winston Group’s Chris Anderson about what folks from the right said, what happened in Copenhagen, and possible reasons why Chicago lost the vote.

The Right Idea, Episode 28 – Hollywood Politics

by Lisa Mathias

The Right Idea, Episode 28 – Hollywood Politics from The Winston Group on Vimeo.

Kristen, Rachel and Tommy chat about the rare breed of conservative celebrities – why are there so few of them? And what can the right do gain more support from them? Kristen and our guests also discuss why conservative new media material like blogs and magazines are important.

The Right Idea, Episode 27 – Retaining the Youth Vote

by Lisa Mathias

The Right Idea, Ep. 27 – Retaining the Youth Vote from The Winston Group on Vimeo.

Kristen revisits the topic of young voters this week, chatting with Rachel Hoff from the Young Republican National Federation and Tommy Jardon from College Republican National Committee. They discuss some new numbers about young voters’ support of Obama, and address how congressional campaigns can attract this key group.

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