Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Wake Up GOP

This is why you lose elections.

by Robert Farrow at the Baltimore Reporter

GOP officials: We won’t abandon Dede

The National Republican Congressional Committee remains committed to embattled GOP nominee Dede Scozzafava in the upstate New York House special election, even as many of the party’s top names throw their support to Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman.

Two party officials tell POLITICO that the NRCC will continue to air TV ads propping up Scozzafava in the days leading up to the Nov. 3 contest and plans to keep up a near relentless barrage of press releases slamming Hoffman.

Scozzafava, a state assemblywoman who supports gay marriage, abortion rights and has a close relationship with leading labor officials in her region, has been the target of sustained criticism from conservatives who claim she is too liberal for them to support her candidacy.

Hoffman, an accounting executive, is attracting an ever-growing group of conservative backers, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) have also endorsed the third-party candidate.

Public and private polls have shown Hoffman gaining on Scozzafava but both trail the Democratic nominee, attorney Bill Owens.

The link is here.

What the fools at the helm of the wayward GOP fail to realize is that their whole strategy is wrong?

Why? Yes, it is true that more people identify themselves as Dems then Republicans:

Fewer People Identify As Republicans Than Ever Before In Post Poll

Reporting on the new ABC/Washington Post poll has mostly focused on support for a public health care option. But the poll also shows that, while Republicans have succeeded in stonewalling Democratic initiatives in Congress, they have not managed to rebuild their party.

Only 20 percent of respondents identified themselves as Republicans — the lowest number since the paper starting asking the question.

But it is also true that:

Conservatives Maintain Edge as Top Ideological Group
Compared with 2008, more Americans “conservative” in general, and on issues

PRINCETON, NJ — Conservatives continue to outnumber moderates and liberals in the American populace in 2009, confirming a finding that Gallup
first noted in June. Forty percent of Americans describe their political views as conservative, 36% as moderate, and 20% as liberal. This marks a shift from 2005 through 2008, when moderates were tied with conservatives as the most prevalent group.

Which is Why:

73% of GOP Voters Say Congressional Republicans Have Lost Touch With Their Base

President Obama told an audience at a Democratic Party fundraiser Wednesday night that Republicans often “do what they’re told,” but GOP voters don’t think their legislators listen enough to them.

Just 15% of Republicans who plan to vote in 2012 state primaries say the party’s representatives in Congress have done a good job of representing Republican values.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey
finds that 73% think Republicans in Congress have lost touch with GOP voters from throughout the nation. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided.

And which is why the GOP continues to do poorly in almost every poll.

It’s as simple as that.


Ian Logsdon said...

You do realize, by New York standards, Dede is more conservative than most, right? If you want to win on a 50 state scale, you have to suck it up and run people who can win. If you run a paleocon in New York or in Florida, you lose the seat. If you want to be a counterbalance you need people you don't agree with caucusing with you. But hey, by all means, keep running candidates who are far right conservatives, it worked in MD with Michael Steele right?

streiff said...

Just wrong.

Markos Moulitas (you might have heard of the little blog he runs) has said Scozzafava is the progressive candidate in the race. She is endorsed by ACORN and their wholly owned political party, the WFP. Scozzafava is in third place right now, so I don't see how you can baldly state that she's a candidate that can win when she manifestly can't even get the support of her own party.

She is far to the left of John McHugh, whom she wants to replace.

But thanks for the advice anyway.

rob said...

wrong Ian:



p.s.If you think Steele is a far right conservative, then you need to look up the definition of a conservative.

good try though.

streiff said...

with these guys anyone who is to the right of Barbara Mikulski is a paleocon.

Benjamin Lawless said...

This is exactly why everyday, average Americans need to stand up for themselves and others, against corrupt Washington. The House of Representatives and the Senate need to be reminded of the value of the people. They are so involved in trying to get things to go 'their way' that they forget their actual purpose. The lawyers on the hill that call themselves civil servants, need to start serving us and not their own interests, regardless of his or her political affiliation.

This is why I am running for Congress in 2010. I have not officially announced my candidacy but, the wheels are turning. I've decided to run against John Sarbanes for the 3rd District. I know that I am not the only one who wants to run for office because they are tired of Washington. So, rise up with me so Washington can again represent these United States as promised in the Constitution.



Duke hoops fan said...

Well said ... there is a reason all of the GOP requests for money end up in my shredder.