Sunday, September 17, 2006

Republicans - Save Yourself, Blame Bush

The conservative's voice, Joe Scarborough, asks the question.

How exactly does one convince the teeming masses that Republicans deserve to stay in power despite botching a war, doubling the national debt, keeping company with Jack Abramoff, fumbling the response to Hurricane Katrina, expanding the government at record rates, raising cronyism to an art form, playing poker with Duke Cunningham, isolating America and repeatedly electing Tom DeLay as their House majority leader?

He has some advice for the GOP. Don't be afraid to diss an unpopular president in order to save your own skin. Of course it wouldn't be Scarborough without a few choice examples on how to diss the Democrats too for failing to come on strong against Bush themselves.

As has been pointed out time and time again to the Democratic Party, maybe the conventional wisdom is you can sit tight and win in 06 with nothing but it's a short sighted view and won't help in 08. Now is the time for the Dems to take the offensive and start framing the context of the debate before they end up merely defending themselves from the GOP's inaccurate portrayal of the party -- again. Word up Dems, "am not" is not a good reply when the GOP starts painting you as ambiguous cowards.
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4 Comments:

Blogger Kvatch said...

...maybe the conventional wisdom is you can sit tight and win in 06 with nothing but it's a short sighted view and won't help in 08.

Worse...it was tried in '04, and look where that got us.

8:17:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

It was a really stupid move in 04. But unfortunately they could almost get away with it this time. The polls speak for themselves. But it will only fuel the whole perception that they have no stance. They need to be framing the GOP as the rubberstamp for the White House and framing the whole lot as reckless and incompetent men who are betraying the national trust.

11:54:00 PM  
Anonymous lester said...

the problem the republicans have is that they are going to run on security. if they ran on immigration they'd do much better, but they can't because Bush famcies himself some sort of friend of mexico cowboy guy. another one they've tried is painting nancy pelosi as some kind of "san francisco" person. I can think of a few criticisms of peolsi, namely her feckless recitation of talking points, but the san francisco thing isn't gonna stick. she doesn't have that kind of personality at all.

2:56:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Nobody but the political junkies even know who she is Lester. The Dems would do well to ignore it.

8:00:00 PM  

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