Tuesday, August 08, 2006

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.

9 Comments:

Blogger thewaronterrible said...

I hope the Dems have enough sense to even use the Gen. Casey analogy, as well as talk about Republicans repeatedly quashing their proposals for stronger homeland securities and failing to act on the recommendations of the 9-11 Commission.
The MSM is responsible for creating out of thin air the "Republicans are stronger on terrorism" myth. I fear the MSM will continue such nonsensical "cut and run" analysis as discussed in the JABBS' post to help validate the myth.
Are the people tired of being spun? I hope to share in such optimism.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Things will change when this country stops being a war driven state. Both Democrats and Republicans are firmly entrenched in the military industrial complex. Profits for war contractors increased 25% last year, with profits like that we'll see more wars. And with over half the money spent being spent on defense there isn't one state that can afford to lose the jobs created by this destructive monster. With power like this both the message (MSM) and method of voting. (Those that vote don't count - it's who counts the votes that count - Stalin) Until we have fair elections and un-censored news, we'll never reclaim this country.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interestingly enough, buried in a new poll from the Washington Post yesterday was this interesting stat: Americans now trust the Democrats more than Republicans in fighting the war on terror, 46%-38%. The last plank has now fallen out of the Republican's platform of fear-mongering and lies.

11:26 AM  
Anonymous SoFlaJet said...

and that is somehow different than it's been since Bush took over how?

3:51 PM  
Anonymous acmejack said...

So must we all be Scoop Jackson Democrats?

I submit that is a rather unappealing alternative as well, Mr. JABBS.

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Norquist Nemesis said...

Democratic strategy needs to be Challenge the Status Quo and Vote For Change!

3:52 PM  
Anonymous AllieB said...

Name Calling and Scare Tactics: How does this differ from other elections? This appears to be a strategy that they employ in all elections.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous madokie said...

it is what got them where they are and it is what will take them down

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Bandit said...

Republicans use "Fear and Smear" is news???? The sun may rise in the east today...

3:53 PM  

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