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By David Frum
Sunday, October 26, 2008; Page B01
There are many ways to lose a presidential election. John McCain is losing in a way that threatens to take the entire Republican Party down with him.
A year ago, the Arizona senator's team made a crucial strategic decision. McCain would run on his (impressive) personal biography. On policy, he'd hew mostly to conservative orthodoxy, with a few deviations -- most notably, his support for legalization for illegal immigrants. But this strategy wasn't yielding results in the general election. So in August, McCain tried a bold new gambit: He would reach out to independents and women with an exciting and unexpected vice presidential choice.
That didn't work out so well either. Gov. Sarah Palin connected with neither independents nor women. She did, however, ignite the Republican base, which has come to support her passionately. And so, in this last month, the McCain campaign has Palinized itself to make the most of its last asset. To fire up the Republican base, the McCain team has hit at Barack Obama as an alien, a radical and a socialist.
Sure enough, the base has responded. After months and months of wan enthusiasm among Republicans, these last weeks have at last energized the core of the party. But there's a downside: The very same campaign strategy that has belatedly mobilized the Republican core has alienated and offended the great national middle, which was the only place where the 2008 election could have been won.
I could pile up the poll numbers here, but frankly . . . it's too depressing. You have to go back to the Watergate era to see numbers quite so horrible for the GOP.
Originally posted by mybigunit
This election is not about Obama at all and thats why I think its comical how the Republicans are acting towards him...
... This election will not be close and it wont be not because the Democrats offer anything better. Its because the Republicans offer nothing at all. Sad days indeed.
Originally posted by mybigunit
This election is not about Obama at all and thats why I think its comical how the Republicans are acting towards him. Ron Paul summed it up a year or two ago. The Republicans have lost their way. They used to run on a platform of small government, low taxes, balanced budgets, liberty, no intervention, no nation building, and on and on. As we have seen the past 8 years they have given us the complete opposite. Now they run on corporatism, consumerism, theocracy style government that is almost a hybrid of China and Iran. The party has been hijacked by both the religious right and the big institutions.
This election will not be close and it wont be not because the Democrats offer anything better. Its because the Republicans offer nothing at all. Sad days indeed.
Originally posted by itguysrule
Both parties have gotten more extreme over the last few election cycles. It seems to me that both sides have taken a “winner take all” attitude. There is no compromise or cooperation - just a fight to the death over every issue. It’s quite a sad state of affairs since a large number of Americans, if not a majority, tend to be centrist.