Hey GOP: Fortune Favors the bold

Posted: September 30, 2010 by datechguy in blogger for hire, elections, media, politics
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On January 20th the day after the Scott Brown Election, commenting on the arrogance of the defeated Democrats for the electorate I wrote this:

If the GOP doesn’t take advantage of this foolishness it’s only because they are not trying.

Well the Massachusetts GOP tried so hard that they didn’t even bother to run a candidate against the vulnerable Coakley. If it hadn’t been for Jim McKenna’s write-in campaign she would be sailing to re-election
Today at National Review ObiWan again used a military metaphor:

Jim: Generally, what should the Republicans be doing?

Obi-Wan: Avoid the saddest mistake that’s made in conflict – McClellan at Antietam, Mead at Gettysburg, or the Falaise Gap in WWII, or not letting Patton go for the Siegfried Line before that terrible winter and most of our casualties in Europe. Experts lack imagination and can’t seize the chance for Cannae-like victory.

Can you imagine with all the ethical vulnerabilities you have been showing about Schumer – not to mention that he’s more a symbol of this Congress than anyone and he’s got pretty unimpressive numbers – the GOP is not even mounting a campaign against him?

That the trick Attack Attack Attack

The Democrats have been under siege (ala Petersburg) defending unpopular policies that republicans have been nailing them on, first slowly then finally breaking through their flanks on both left and right. They are fleeing this president in the same way as the Confederates were fleeing Grant. This Mosque is one issue that the President has decided to stop and fight on as did the Confederates at Sayler’s Creek. Sheridan had the right answer saying: “Go Right through them, they are demoralized as hell.”

And as Stacy points out it’s not just timidness it’s not knowing where the fight actually is:

Nothing illustrates the disconnect between money and brains in the GOP than a fact highlighted by Jimmie Bise: Charlie Crist raised $4.3 million in a single three-month period of 2009.

The more I think about that, the angrier I get. Who were these more-money-than-brains people who wrote those checks for Crist? Did they just take the word of John Cornyn and Jim Greer that Crist was the man to beat in the Florida GOP Senate primary?

A fool and his money are soon parted, and there are times when the Republican Party resembles nothing so much as a scam for separating rich fools from their money.

For $4.3 million, you could have paid 86 bloggers $50,000 a year.

As I have been living off of $27k a year unemployment the number is staggering but more important is that 86 bloggers putting up 6 posts a day could literally write a post about EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR CONGRESS EVERY SINGLE DAY.

If even half of said bloggers were on the road covering campaigns you could have fresh stories that come direct from the districts boosting said candidates rather than the MSM stories attacking them coming from Washington. What kind of Stories? Well how about reports from candidate forums Georgia or Profiles of candidates in Maryland or interviews with candidates in NC and California or reports direct from Alaska.

These kind of reports, positive reports coming out on a daily basis keep the opposition demoralized, instead of being able to force us to play on their field.

and the last warning comes from Glenn Reynolds and reader:

But if the GOP establishment fights us to the end, then it will take an actual third-party to engage the public in transforming our political system. That will take much more time, and much more effort. And it will be a bloody mess (hopefully only figuratively! my biggest fear is otherwise) for years as we clean up the pieces of the train wreck they have driven us into.

Indeed. As I’ve warned before, if the GOP retakes Congress and then blows it, we’re likely to see not only a third-party Presidential challenge, but a lot of third-party challengers for Congressional seats.

It’s like Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares, you get one shot, don’t blow it.

Update: Yet another Instalanche! Thanks Glenn. Hi folks, since your last visit we have scared John Olver, been Scheduled Saturday for another guest appearance on WCRN from 2-4 p.m. and should have a new Examiner column up before I hit the sack. Update: My examiner article Will the voters buy the One Nation timeshare is now up

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  2. tim maguire says:

    It has been said that Tea Party involvement in the Republican Party is not so much a joining as a hostile takeover. I believe the GOP establishment is hopeless. If it were not, it would not have come to this, now would it?

    Like it or not, they must be taken down first. The Democratic leadership may go down with them this time, or it may go down next time, but the Republican leadership must go down.

  3. Jim in StL says:

    There was a Google ad for Robin Carnahan under this post.
    I clicked it. You get a few cents, Carnahan loses a few cents.

  4. Peg says:

    It warms my heart to see you doing so well – and another Instalanche!

    Go get ’em! :)

  5. Joel Mackey says:

    there is a 99.99999999999% chance that the Republicans will blow it. It will take at least three election cycles (6 to 12 years) of sustained voter attention in primary elections to move the career/elite/inside the beltway politicians out and the people politicians in, even then you have huge systemic issues such as the bureaucracy, lobby infrastructure, and beltway media to overcome. I think it is one reason the Democrats seem to waste so much political capital on demonizing the tea partiers, they are trying to firewall their base from joining the movement, which is ,at its core, a non-partisan movement more interested in stopping spending and increasing accountability, than getting a particular party’s politicians elected.

  6. John Olver’s career grade @ http://www.BetterImmigration.com – “F”

    Bill Gunn should do a “TOP 10 WORST 0LVER VOTES ON IMMIGRATION” because there are so many, it has to be narrowed down.

  7. Micha Elyi says:

    Gee Joel, you say “the Republicans” as if you have nothing to do with voting for and electing candidates of that stripe. I regret that you haven’t figured out that “the Republicans” include YOU if you generally cast most of your votes for partisan office for the candidate whose name ends in dash-R.

    Yeah, yeah it’s sometimes satisfying to pretend that OTHER PEOPLE are supposed to pour their time, talent and treasure into fielding exactly your sort of candidate, getting that candidate on the ballot, and funding a winning campaign ALL FOR YOU. But life doesn’t work that way, Joel. If you’re so smart, why aren’t you already elected? (Don’t bother answering, it was a rhetorical question anyway.) Now turn off the game on TV, get off the couch, and go knock on, oh, 1000 doors for your local candidate holding down the Republican line on your ballot.

  8. Joel Mackey says:

    I do? gee, or maybe you just cant read, because your reply is utterly irrelevant to what I posted. your either a young person, who is naive, or just an idiot who knows nothing about human nature.

    People who act like you are acting, generally get very emotionally invested in the current crop of candidates, and then when things dont go as they thought they would they get bitter, or apathetic and then we get 2006 again, instead of voting out poorly performing republicans in primaries. This year,s primary season has been notable due to the fact that a number of incumbents were voted out. if that continues thru multiple election cycles, then you might, maybe, possibly see real change in DC.

    And yea, I do have nothing to do with who gets in office, because i live in Texas, new capital of the fake vote, because even though you have to show ID to buy a bottle of wine or a six pack of beer, even if you are 50 years of age, even though you have to show id to buy something at a retail store, even though you have to show id to board a plane or get into a rated r movie, even though you have to show id to open a bank account,retirement, or brokerage account,, you dont have to show id to vote…that would be oppressive!

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  11. Nothing on the “Issues” page @ Bill Gunn’s site, on Illegal Immigration. Olver has one of the lowest ratings in the whole congress and but don’t make an “issue” of it.

    He even voted against the border fence 4 years ago.

    This is a case of campaign malpractice.

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