Thursday, May 8, 2008

GOP Warns of Political Climate Change: "November Nosedive" Syndrome

Republicans are jittery, falling apart. Could it be ... Bush-Cheney fallout? And coming on the heels of Obama's for-all-intents-&-purposes nomination-clinching Tuesday wins, does this also bode well for Dems in November? According to this account from CBS News, old neocons are breaking out in a cold sweat:

“There is an attitude that, ‘I better watch out for myself, because nobody
else is going to do it,’” the member said. “There are all these different
factions out there, everyone is sniping at each other, and we have no real plan.
We have a lot of people fighting to be the captain of the lifeboat instead of
everybody pulling together.”

In a piece published in Human Events, the Republicans’ onetime captain,
former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, warned his old colleagues that they face
“real disaster” on Election Day unless they move immediately to “chart a bold
course of real reform” for the country.

Someone apparently caught them red-handed turning blue in the face.

“The Republican brand has been so badly damaged that if Republicans try to
run an anti-Obama, anti-Rev. Wright or, if Sen. Clinton wins, anti-Clinton
campaign, they are simply going to fail,” Gingrich said. “This model has already
been tested with disastrous results.”

Wow. You mean, the old bulldozer don't work no more?

Gingrich, who was pushed out as speaker following GOP losses in the 1998
midterm elections, advocated “an emergency, members-only” meeting of House
Republicans in order to hash out a new reform agenda before Memorial Day. He
also called for a “complete overhaul” of the NRCC
. Gingrich said that if the GOP leadership would not go along with his plan, “then the minority who are
activists should establish a parallel organization dedicated to real change.” He
offered nine policy proposals designed to achieve that goal, including repealing
federal gas taxes, reforming the Census Bureau and declaring English as the
official language of the United States.

Wow. Real change, that. Repeal gas taxes and get us even more carbon-dependent! And I'm sure everyone can get excited about Census Bureau reform, what with the war in Iraq and Climate Change on the back burner. And "declaring" English as the "official" language is even cooler than making "refusal to wear flag pins" a misdemeanor. See how the Republicans could get so much more inspiring by taking on the tough issues like that. Newt, how do you stay in touch like that? By reading Geriatrics Illustrated?

No wonder the Republicans are worried. Their visionaries are blindfolded.

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