In his Sunday Washington Post column, George Will suggests it’s already time for Republicans to employ a “Plan B” to stop President Barack Obama. He argues conservatives should focus their efforts on winning congressional elections instead of the White House, an idea that’s turning a lot of heads in Washington, D.C.
However, former MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan, author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” rejected Will’s premise that the presidency is unwinnable for the Republicans. In an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” on Friday, Buchanan told host Sean Hannity that targeting the White House is both logical and vital to the GOP’s electoral hopes in November.
“Sean, George Will ought to have his pundit’s license suspended,” Buchanan said. “When you go for the presidency of the United States, that’s the way to win the House and win the Senate,” he said. “If Obama wins the White House, he could very well hold on to the Senate and really take a lot of seats in the House.”
Republicans must pursue the White House, Buchannan continued, if only because of the stakes involved.
“But the House, the Senate, the presidency and the Supreme Court are at stake,” Buchannan said. “Everything is there. And there is no reason to panic.”
Buchanan made the broader point that polls — which currently show that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are competitive with President Obama — are almost certain to change dramatically between now and November.
“Sean, you know, a couple of months ago, Obama was so low in the polls, even the Kenyans were saying he was born in the United States,” Buchanan joked. “Today, the Gallup poll has got Mitt Romney at 50 to 46 [percent] over Obama. It has got Santorum running just about dead even. Why in heaven’s name would you write this off?” he asked.
“I mean, Reagan at times was down 20 points with Carter,” Buchannan said. “I mean, a lot of folks were saying he’s got to put Gerald Ford on the ticket, if you recall. So, I think there is no reason to write this off.”