West Chester wrote:The correct way to win votes involves none of the following: offending all the sports fans that can vote for you, implying that you're ignorant of what we're doing in Afghanistan, and schmoozing with lobbyists. Motivated voters are not a bad thing at all. When the statewide turnout is about 1,000,000 lower than it was a year ago, its quite important. It appears that basically all of the MA voters that voted R last year turned out and did the same, and enough of the others changed their minds to swing it to Brown.BigCliff wrote:Cliff... what is the correct way to win votes? And motivated voters are a bad thing??
Motivated voters (grumpy independents and Conservatives) turned out to vote against a crappy candidate put forth by the Dem establishment. This is no way to win votes-
I believe that Mass has like 11% registered R's and 37% D's with the rest I's Seems to me that most I's voted for the R candidate. And in politics people generally vote for the lesser of two evils. So I have to agree, the tide is turning against the socialist policies of the current administration.
I think this assessment of the GOP's national situation is pretty accurate-
It's hard to say whether the Republicans will be able to replicate Brown's success nationally. In 1994, when the Republicans took control of the House and the Senate in the first midterm after Bill Clinton's election, they were guided by Newt Gingrich and the Contract With America. Now, instead of offering contracts to the public, Republicans are holding their own candidates to "purity pledges."http://www.slate.com/id/2241949/
We have an RNC chairman who's known better for his gaffes and his speechmaking fees than anything else and who is on record saying the party won't take back the House in 2010. (Can you blame him, when a new poll shows that 25 percent of the public has a positive view of Republicans?) The most visible—though hardly the most likely—contender for the 2012 GOP nomination is Sarah Palin, who quit her job as governor of Alaska to write a book, take a Fox News gig, and appear on the cover of InTouch magazine. The party's great hope for the future, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, earned comparisons to Kenneth from 30 Rock for his disastrous response to Obama's congressional address last February and hasn't been heard from since. Perhaps most telling—and most troubling—is the London Telegraph's recently published list of top conservatives: Dick Cheney, unlikely ever to run for office again, is No. 1, followed by Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge, Palin, Robert Gates (oh, breath of fresh air), and Glenn Beck.
Don't get me wrong: Brown's win is still important—and satisfying. It will provide the party with a needed morale boost going into this fall's campaign, and it will be entertaining to watch Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid try to get anything done without a supermajority that has slipped in and out of his fingers in the past year. So pass the Sam Adams. But let's not party like it's 1994.