GOP Strategist Ford O’Connell Pens ‘Hail Mary’ Plan

There are Republican Party manifestos and then there is Ford O’Connell’s. The GOP strategist and alumnus of the 2008 McCain/Palin ticket has put his thoughts on how to improve his party in “Hail Mary: A 10-Step Playbook for Republican Recovery.”

The book is short on diplomatic platitudes and long on blunt advice, as best exhibited by the book’s chapter titles: “Ronald Reagan is Dead. Accept it.” “Stop Giving a S—- About Obama’s Birthplace.” And “Hug the Gays (No, Really).”

In an interview last month with POLITICO, O’Connell described the current state of the GOP as “ fourth and long,” a reference to the desperate football position.

We’ve lost, what, five of the last six presidential elections in popular vote? And if Hillary Clinton is indeed the nominee in 2016 as many of us think she’s going to be, she’s going to have about 247 electoral votes coming out of the chute, and the Republican nominee, if they want to win, 10 states are going to be in play. That means they have to win Colorado, Virginia and Ohio and, if they don’t, she’s going to walk right back in the front door.”

No discussion about 2016 is complete without the requisite speculation about a potential presidential run by Clinton and, accordingly, O’Connell includes a bonus section in his book with “six ways to beat Hillary Clinton.” One of them? “Stay out of her bedroom.”

Another piece of advice on how Republicans should handle a Clinton run is to just leave Bill alone.

“You’ve got to let Bill [Clinton] keep talking until he actually cuts his knees out. If you let him go unfettered, he’s actually going to become his own worst enemy — a lot like a lot of Republicans!”

Read more from Patrick Gavin at Politico

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