May 16, 2008

Republican Brand

Gosh, the Republican brand certainly has taken a turn for the worse.

Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, said, “We need to, No. 1, prove that we are listening to the American people, and, No. 2, show that we have a plan of action to respond to what they are telling us.”

They sure have done a great job of listening to the American people and acting on their concerns. Sort of like this. Or this. Or this. Or this.

It hasn't even been four full years since the Republicans and Rove crowed that they had buried the Democrats and liberals forever. The majority of Americans had been won by the Republican brand and conservative values. Remember this?

Today's WaPo has an article about Rove's victory and how he has moved the country from a 49-49 tie.

John Weaver, a strategist for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who ended a longtime feud with Rove this year when Bush sought McCain's help, said Rove has moved closer to the goal of creating a Republican majority not by seeking one big realigning election, but by recognizing that political change often is incremental and using every election to get a little bit closer.

"He gets three feet here, three feet there, constantly eroding the other side and grabbing turf," Weaver said. "He has proved his point that you can expand the base, and not just among white males, without drifting or modifying either language or policy. I'm not sure it would work with any other candidate, at any other time. But it worked, and he proved the skeptics wrong."

Rove's assessment is that the 2004 election pushed the country away from deadlock, where it had come to rest after the disputed election four years ago. "We now clearly are not the country that was 49-49," he said. "We're now at 51-48 and may be trending to 51-47. It is incremental but small, persistent change. We saw it in 2002, and we saw it again this year. . . . It tells me we may be seeing part of a rolling realignment."

Now tell me, who would buy a car from this used car salesman? Or from this guy? The Republican brand is collapsing because their fantasy is crashing into reality.

Posted by Mary at May 16, 2008 12:37 AM | US Politics | Technorati links |

Here in Oregon, Gordon Smith has been our Republican Senator since 1996. In the past year, for the very first time, we began to receive mailers from him, explaining what he's doing in the Senate. And for the first time, about two years ago, he began to finally answer my letters to him with form responses, like the other Oregon congressional delegates.

It is good that he's finally trying to demonstrate that he's listening to us. But as with other Republicans, we can't help but wonder at the coincidence. His attention revived at about the same time that polls appeared listing his seat as one of the more likely Republican losses in the Senate come this election year.

Posted by: Flo at May 21, 2008 05:16 PM