Tuesday 19 May 2009

Bad bad day for the GOP leadership

The latest Gallup poll shows the Republicans are losing ground in 25 out of 26 demographic groups. The 26th was people who go to church every week – and even there they only managed to hold their 52 percent support.

“Compared to 2001, when George W. Bush first took office as president, GOP self-identification has fallen by ten points among college graduates, nine points among those 18-29 years of age, nine points in the Midwest , six in the East, five in the West, and even four points in the South. Married people identifying as Republicans have decreased by five points, and the difference is eight points among the unmarried. The list goes on and on. In 2001, voters were 33% Democratic, 32% Republican, and 34% independent, with a Republican edge of 47%-46% after leaners were pushed. But now, it's 36% Democrats, 27% Republicans and 37% independents, with a huge Democratic advantage of 52%-37% with leaners.”


Even among the base that the GOP hopes to use as their core for rebuilding their party – blue-collar, under-educated, under-skilled white males – the GOP is heading for serious whupping, because as Reuters reports, the recession is hitting them the hardest.


Here is Michael Steele dropping trou again, this time by trying to make the eight years of Bush's crime and follies disappear with a wave of his magic wand:

"The era of apologizing for Republican mistakes of the past is now officially over," Steele will say in a speech to the RNC's 2009 State Chairmen's Meeting, according to excerpts obtained by CNN. "It is done.. We have turned the page, we have turned the corner. No more looking in the review mirror. From this point forward, we will focus all of our energies on winning the future."

So, kapoof! None of it ever happened!


"Former Virginia Rep. Tom Davis, who is now the president of the centrist organization Republican Main Street Partnership, told CNN he thought Specter "was pushed" out of the party, and warned that other centrist GOP lawmakers might also leave if they no longer feel welcomed."

How many more warnings to these rodeo clowns need that the big bad bull is bearing down on them?


As PoliticalBase and others had reported, a lot of Democrats had been worried about Utah Governor Jon Huntsman running for President in 2012. The moderate Republican was close to announcing his candidacy, but he also warned about the continued domination of the GOP by the far-right “Doctor No” wing of the party [actually it may have been Huntsman's strategist]. Obama asked him to be our ambassador to China, and Huntsman, possibly fed up with his own party, agreed. Apparently he is now out of the running for 2012, a huge loss for the GOP.


Rick Perry is now backpedalling on the Texas secession issue. D'oh!


**UPDATE** -- As it turns out, Steele's speech at the RNC meeting was a complete joke. Not only did he launch the novel notion of magically erasing all the crimes of the Bush era, but he had almost no substance on any actual issues. Practically nothing on terrorism, Iraq, Afghanistan, Social Security; the few times he even touched upon the banks or health care, it was only as a pretext to attack Obama, whom he slammed over and over (total mentions of Obama: 32). The speech was so content-free that even some Republicans scratched their heads -- former Congressman Chris Shays complained that he "didn't hear any new ideas....But, but, that's the point. I mean, we need to be talking about ideas."


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