June 23, 2006

The Republican Strategy and why it's going to fail

Two pieces caught my eye today, one from Newsweek (via Carl Whitmarsh) and the other from the New York Times both on the Rovian strategy of embracing Iraq since it is commonly perceived to be the Republican's achilles heal.

Let me be the first to say, Karl's lost his touch. Cut and run is parodied so widely now that it's become more a punchline than a rallying cry. Any Republican dumb enough to say it just points out how wrong their policies regarding Iraq have been. Then there's the talking point about flip flops. To wit

Moments after learning he had escaped indictment in the CIA leak investigation case, Rove told New Hampshire Republicans that Democratic critics of the war like John Kerry and John Murtha “give the green light to go to war, but when it gets tough, they fall back on that party’s old platform of cutting and running. They may be with you for the first few bullets, but they won’t be there for the last tough battles.”

Oh, Karl... you sooo don't want to go there. They, just like most of the Congress, gave the greenlight based on intelligence created by the Administration. Note, I wrote CREATED, not uncovered. We now know, widely in fact, that the Vice-President and President drove the decision to invade. Iraq was forced on the US through a concerted effort to lie and manipulate, culminating in the oft cited warning of 'mushroom clouds over New York'.

Rove's used this strategy before and it's usually worked out for him because of lock step Republicans adhering to talking points and weak Democrats too timid to fight back with all weapons at their disposal. That time has passed. Democrats, even the absurd John Kerry, have found their backbones and are geared up for the fight.

And that's just Iraq. Let's not forget the economy STILL isn't better, employment is still weak, infrastructure is STILL deteriorating and Republican's continue to cut taxes on the rich while driving the country ever closer to the brink of financial collapse. Believe me, people are noticing how little you get at the pump for a dollar and they are sure as hell feeling the pain from higher interest rates cause by the failed policies of the Republicans.

Ladies and Gentleman... barring any massive screwups on the part of the Democrats (and yeah, they are capable of some), you are watching the end of the modern Republican party. The real question is whether or not it will survive intact and rebuild.

Posted by mcblogger at June 23, 2006 12:04 PM

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