GOP's Problem: It Fixed Crime Too Well
Republicans need a new issue: Charles Lane
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2012 1:21 PM CST
This 1975 photo from ABC shows Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry in "The Enforcer."   (AP Photo/ABC)

(Newser) – Republicans used to own the War on Crime. The public's fear of crime and desire for a crackdown contributed to victories for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George HW Bush. But then Bill Clinton adopted stricter policies, and President Obama has done basically nothing to change them—meaning the Republican Party has become "a victim of safer streets," writes Charles Lane in the Washington Post. Polls show Americans are quite content with national crime policies, as well they should be, considering how much less likely we are to experience violent crime these days.

"We are approaching the low murder rates of the 1950s," Lane writes. "For the Republican Party, this is a triumph—and a disaster, as the 2012 election results proved." Now that concern about crime is on the backburner, Americans may be freer to look at social issues—and right now, they seem to favor liberal positions on those. Clint Eastwood may have made an appearance at the GOP convention, but if he were speaking as Dirty Harry he should have said, "We need a new issue." Click for the full column.

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MichaelBenesch
Nov 28, 2012 6:15 PM CST
Why bring up that dottering old man who debated an empty stool? John "W" McSAME is the real Clint Eastwood "dirty Harry" character talking to NO ONE about an issue only he pretends exists. John&Clint are everydaY REMINDERS OF WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY. oLD,OLD MEN TRYING TO STAY RELEVENT and still trying to impose their narrow minded wills on the rest of US. Let Clint rest and tell John it's OK to lose wars&elections. JUST FADE AWAY and let US GO FORWARD !! NO MORE CLINT
Toon
Nov 27, 2012 9:51 PM CST
What's interesting here is the assumption that the Republicans don't really want to achieve their stated goals. If they did they would declare victory and move onto the next item on their agenda. This writer's viewpoint is that once the GOP finds an issue that gets them votes they want to not fix the problem so that they can run on the same issue forever.
Twiny
Nov 27, 2012 7:45 PM CST
The land of the free, with more of it's population behind bars than almost any other country in the world. All the bullshit pot convictions (those convicted for carrying just enough for personal use) should be overturned and those people should be set free. We'd save tens of millions of dollars every year.