The Republicans need to learn one thing before February. If
they keep sending out their longtime apparatchik Steve Schmidt as designated
Single Combat Warrior against Sarah Palin, they will lose.
His recent comments on “60 Minutes” about Palin’s statement
that her selection as John McCain’s VP was part of “God’s plan” was — nudge,
nudge — pneumonic scorn that, in the context of the other reports edited by
CNN’s Anderson Cooper, quite obviously intended to caricature Palin’s simple and
sincere expression of Christian faith to an “upscale” secular audience.
Last summer the extremists who have taken control of the Republican
Party brought guns to town meetings, shouted down speakers and tried to physically
intimidate members of Congress. Last fall the Republicans in the Senate took obstruction
to new heights with tactics reminiscent of college pranks. Throughout 2009 Republicans
in Congress voted against everything with a unanimity akin to the pseudo-parliaments
of the banana-republic days of Latin American strongmen.
“President Obama is leading an extreme, left-wing crusade to bankrupt America.”
This is not from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck or the winged monkeys at Fox. Not from tax protester Rick Perry, not from Sarah Palin, not from RINO hunter Ted Nugent.
It is from John McCain in a recent fundraising appeal.
The old adage about third parties in American politics is
that they’re like bees: They sting once and then they die. Ralph Nader and Ross
Perot altered election outcomes. But neither could get a third party going. I
have little doubt that the Tea Party will have a substantial impact on the 2010
midterms and even the 2012 presidential election. The bigger question is, Will
they become a permanent force in American politics that can challenge both
Democrats and Republicans, or will they fizzle?
How ironic that as soon as Michael Steele, the RNC chairman,
announced that the Republicans didn’t have a chance to capture the House, Byron
Dorgan and Chris Dodd announced that they were quitting the Senate.
Steele is brilliant. His strategy must have been to fake
them out. Tell the Democrats that we don’t have a chance to win so they feel
more comfortable in calling it quits.
History turns in a moment: Harper’s Ferry, Trafalgar, Dien Bien Phu. The Democrats may have seen such a moment with Sen. Ben Nelson this week in Nebraska, so it might be worth marking that page. At year’s end it is worth looking forward to what is likely to rise ahead. These four will be key: Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and William Daley.
We need to cut Michael Steele some slack. If someone is willing to pay him big bucks to make a speech, he'd be a fool to say no. True, he has gotten into trouble about some of the dopey things he's said, but he may as well make some money for them.
It's not that there's a conflict of interest; Democrats in particular should realize that. They constantly charge that Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Steele heads a party that always favors the wealthy — those who can afford to pay for his words of wisdom.
A.B. Stoddard and Republican strategist John Feehery discuss how the Republican Party could open itself up to a centrist base, and how the abortion amendment might be the downfall of the Democrats' healthcare bill.
Progressives who gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to celebrate the inauguration of the president to bring the change they thought they had won in election 2008 are asking: What kind of change did we win?
Now the House of Representatives has passed the healthcare bill, though the most transforming policy, a single-payer system, was not even brought to a vote! For the base of the Democratic Party, it was bad enough there was never a push for the most progressive policy, members were afraid to even vote on it!
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told us all we needed to know this week about the divide that threatens the Democratic Party's majorities in next year's midterm elections.
"We got walloped," said Warner, a former governor of Virginia, about Democrats losing both gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia, in his home state by 17 points.