Republican Gameplan For Retaining Congress? Rally The Base With Name Calling And Scare Tactics
A new Republican memo says the party can rally the base, and thus retain control of Congress, by name calling Democrats and reminding voters of all the threats facing the U.S.
The memo, from GOP pollster Fred Steeper to Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, said Republicans could motivate their base by talking about foreign threats and national security issues, including Iraq and the potential nuclear threat from Iran, and by drawing contrasts with Democrats in those areas. The memo, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, said 87% of the base "expresses extremely strong feelings" on those issues.
Mehlman, in a Monday interview with the Times, apparently has taken the memo to heart. He said that the base becomes motivated when it hears that Democrats support policies of "isolationism and defeatism."
In other words, be prepared over the next 91 days to hear about wimpy, "cut and run" Democrats vs. brave "stay the course" Republicans. Reality? Who cares about reality. There's an election to be won.
"A party that becomes even more McGovernic than the original 1972 Democrat Party is not one in my judgment that is likely to appeal to voters," Mehlman said.
And he's right. If the Democratic Party of today were to the left of the Democratic Party of 1972, it wouldn't be very appealing. But there's no evidence to support that claim. It's just empty conservative spin from a party so bankrupt for ideas that it is only left with name calling. Republicans, as we now know, were still labeling a Democratic plan for troop redeployment "cut and run," even after they knew the top American commander in Iraq, Gen. George Casey, had briefed the administration on a similar plan. And the idea of troop redeployment isn't popular with some left fringe hippie movement, it's supported by a majority of Americans.
Is this the debate we are going to have over the next 91 days? We aren't going to talk about how the administration failed to heed the call of those who said we needed more troops in Iraq, or how it underestimated the Iraq insurgency, or how its policies may lead to an Iraqi civil war. No, instead we're going to have a fake debate on why a Democratic plan for troop redeployment is "cut and run," and Casey's plan isn't?
Let the Republicans talk their gibberish. Americans are tired of being spun, and will say as much come November.