Does the G.O.P. Wear a Thinking Cap or a Dunce Cap?

It’s easy to see why conservatives are frustrated. Maybe that’s why they threw tea bags at the White House instead of discussing a platform on taxation. But this kind of erratic, pundit-driven development simply doesn’t work. Over the next five weeks, Congress stands poised to tackle climate change, health care, and a Supreme Court nomination. The minority won’t technically win any of these fights, so they really only have one viable option: go back to the drafting table and start working. (Either that or start a betting ring on who’ll go crazy next.)

Actually, what the party needs are fewer spotlights and more desk lamps

By Kelsey Stapler

There are some who believe those in high office should be held to a higher standard. Given recent events, however, Republican voters might just settle for officials to stay within the margins of polite society. Conservatives’ resignation (or worse, denial) in the face of political falling stars threatens to become the GOP’s next biggest problem.

Of course, politicians are human. They screw up, have affairs, quit their jobs early, and fly to Argentina just like the rest of us. But the bizarre antics of Ensign, Sanford, Palin, and others are also vintage examples of image trumping intelligence. Continue reading “Does the G.O.P. Wear a Thinking Cap or a Dunce Cap?”

Explaining a monumental election loss in Florida

The GOP has to remember to save our ammunition for the big fights – appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court. The more moderate we appear before the public now, the more Americans will recognize that we are making legitimate arguments when Obama tries to appoint extreme liberals to the U.S. Supreme Court. The more moderate we are on the “small stuff,” the more credibility we will have fighting the big battles.

Where does the GOP go from here?

By Jamie Miller

After much hand-wringing about the election results, Republicans turn toward the task of rebuilding the GOP as a brand voters will trust. Many pundits ask, “Where does the GOP go from here?” I think the better question is, “Who will lead the GOP and in which direction?”

Pundits have already started looking toward the 2012 election while apparently ignoring the importance of the off-year 2010 elections and the redistricting which follows. If we ignore the redistricting process that will be in place for 2012, the GOP will certainly find itself in the minority throughout the next decade. Continue reading “Explaining a monumental election loss in Florida”

Palin and Powell

Palin seems to be simultaneously trying to keep the McCain campaign afloat while looking for a lifeboat.

Resurrecting their reputations

By Elan Barnehama
In an odd way Sarah Palin’s performance on Saturday Night Live this past weekend and Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama on Meet the Press served similar purposes for each public figure. While both events accomplished their immediate election related goals, each appearance seemed to support a personal agenda to regain and rebuild personal reputations.

Sarah Palin has become more and more irritated withher handlers and the top brass of the McCain campaign who have mishandled and muted, if not censored, her. Continue reading “Palin and Powell”

McCain or Obama, regardless of who wins, start teaching your kids Mandarin

So this campaign boils down to the lesser of two evils. The one you know and the one you don’t know. I’m hoping the American voter recognizes the danger in handing our country over to some guy whose most significant job before becoming a politician was “community organizer.”

(Note to Joe Six-pack: that’s Chinese to you and me)

By Chris Ingram

With less than six weeks until Election Day, presidential campaign activity is heating up. John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin gave him a nice bounce in the polls following the GOP convention, but after ten days of the media’s anti-Palin hatchet job, most polls show Obama with a small lead.

To my Republican friends I say, don’t worry. Dukakis was leading by double digits at this time in his ill-fated campaign against Bush 41 in 1988. You can’t argue the fact that this is a year Democrats should win the White House, but their ill-conceived selection of a senator who has done nothing other than given an eloquent speech or two will be their downfall. Continue reading “McCain or Obama, regardless of who wins, start teaching your kids Mandarin”

John McCain’s Prayers Answered by Hurricane Gustav

With the media hype over hurricane Gustav bearing down on the Gulf Coast you would think the storm devastation had already occurred. John McCain and the G.O.P., not taking any chances of being reminded of George W. Bush’s inept response to hurricane Katrina, have cancelled tonight’s primetime convention activities.

Bush/Cheney not appearing in primetime is a blessing in disguise

By Chris Ingram

With the media hype over hurricane Gustav bearing down on the Gulf Coast you would think the storm devastation had already occurred. John McCain and the G.O.P., not taking any chances of being directly reminded of George W. Bush’s inept response to hurricane Katrina (the media will do that), have cancelled tonight’s primetime convention activities.

John McCain’s prayers have been answered. The prayer went something like this:

Dear God,

I have been your faithful servant for many years. Your support when I was in the Hanoi Hilton saved my life. For that I thank you. Continue reading “John McCain’s Prayers Answered by Hurricane Gustav”