May 12, 2007

Advice from Conservative Pundits for Democrats: Get Better Candidates

At the end of a long post in Politico on why the atmosphere is so deadly for Republicans in 2008, comes the following jaw-dropping commentary:

“It’s their time to win,” said Ed Rogers, a Republican lobbyist and top aide in the administration of George H.W. Bush. “To lose, they would have to do things affirmatively wrong. And nominating one of their front-runners is a good start.”

In other words, despite everything else, the Republicans could still retain the White House in 2008 because the Democratic front-runners are all vulnerable.

Democrats certainly are famous for snapping defeat from the jaws of victory, most recently in 2000 and 2004. Democrats in Congress also risk failing to enact their agenda if they continue to be bogged down with Iraq policy.

Stuart Rothenberg, publisher of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report in Washington, said the eventual Republican nominee must change the dynamics of the race by making the election a choice between two candidates instead of a referendum on the Bush administration and the Iraq war.

Blankley, the Washington Times editor and also a former speech writer for George H.W. Bush, said in an interview: “The challenge for the Democrats is that they’ve got to come up with a candidate who will be safe against the inevitable Republican campaign theme that Democrats are not competent and safe enough on the war and foreign policy.

“If the Democratic candidate can manage that, they’re the odds-on favorite to win the presidency.”

Isn't that sweet? If Democrats want to win against the cratering Republican brand they need to find better candidates. And Las Vegas is a harbinger of what's coming next for the Republicans. Sure it is. What kool-aid are they drinking?

via Laura Rozen

Posted by Mary at May 12, 2007 06:47 PM | US Politics | Technorati links |

totally agre wit the headline, conservatives need to do this too! all need to be more credible!

Posted by: jamal at May 13, 2007 10:53 AM

The Democrats could nominate a Nobel prize winner or successful CEO and the Republicans would still accuse them of incompetence. All of the famously defeated Democratic presidential candidates in the last several decades were military veterans, but they still all got charged with not being good on foreign policy.

And since there isn't anyone we could nominate that the Republicans wouldn't run the same, tired old campaign against, the only thing to do is figure out how to campaign against the media's perpetual fascination with this recycled fairy tale.

Posted by: natasha at May 13, 2007 10:30 PM