November 09, 2008

Congratulations to Colorado Bloggers

Not too long ago Colorado was a deep red state and the Christian Right had largely taken over the Republican Party. This year, the red has been washed with blue with Colorado voting for Obama for President and sending Mark Udall to the Senate. According to the Denver Post, one of the reasons this was possible was because of the effectiveness of Progressive Bloggers.

Among his efforts, Tancredo is pushing hard to modernize the party's political tactics, including developing a Republican version of progressive attack groups like Progress Now Action that have dogged GOP candidates up and down the state.

...Republicans concede that tactically, Democrats have simply evolved quicker and more effectively, often running brilliant campaigns that Republicans believe mask the shortcomings of Democratic candidates.

And they've been outflanked by deep-pocketed Democratic donors who have funded an impressive network of groups outside the party structure that have organized, e-mailed and blogged the party to electoral success.

As in so many parts of the country, the Republicans are jockeying for who will shape the future of the party. From this piece, it sounds like the idea of being more inclusive and less ideologically pure is not in the cards.

There is a major fault line between the state party's core of social values conservatives who for more than a decade have exercised powerful influence over the choice of GOP candidates in Colorado and pragmatic leaders who want to emphasize kitchen table issues they believe can win over independent voters.

"There is a group of people who want to have every candidate take a saliva test and be proven the purest of the pure. These are people who thought Bill Owens was insufficiently conservative to be a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2004," said Sean Duffy, a former senior aide to Owens.

...But the party's social values base, well-organized and long-entrenched, is unlikely to easily yield the field, many party leaders said.

"The Republican Party is a great coalition between social conservatives and fiscal conservatives. If you leave either of those out of the equation, the party will not prosper and the country will not prosper," said former U.S. Sen. Bill Armstrong, an influential leader of the party's social values base.

It's great to see how progressives have been able to change the ground rules for politics in Colorado. Kudos to all those Colorado bloggers and progressives that made this victory possible.

Posted by Mary at November 9, 2008 08:35 PM | Elections | Technorati links |
Comments

> "The Republican Party is a great coalition
> between social conservatives and fiscal
> conservatives. If you leave either of those out
> of the equation, the party will not prosper and
> the country will not prosper,"

However, for the most part, neither of these wings has much common interest in the other. Along with the neocons, whose primary mission is to preserve America's ability to project force throughout the world, they're three completely dissimilar voting blocks joined together simply to create a fragile voting majority. With that strategy now an abject failure, at least one of the blocks is going to be ejected from the fold.

Sadly, the smallest of the blocks, the traditional fiscal conservatives who were the reasonable intellectual core of the republican party, are about the only ones with a perspective that can be tempered by moderation. Most of them have been overrun by the other two, more blindly ideological wings and are no longer with us. That leaves a party that's going to experience a civil war of sorts, while the neocons & theocons battle each other for dominance. If we're lucky, this will be a largely internal affair, which will politically neuter themselves for at least 1-2 presidential election cycles, while the progressives clean up the mess that BushCo wrought.

Posted by: Mike Begley at November 10, 2008 01:53 PM