Thursday, May 28, 2009

Riding a Wave or Waving Goodbye?

Yesterday the stumbling bumbling RNC Chairman Michael Steele sent out an email trying to raise money. The subject line did what it should do, it immediately drew my interest. What I don't think Steele meant to do was to cause the fit of side splitting laughter that ensued upon reading it. In it Michael Steele proclaims "A wave is building – let's be ready to ride it to victory!" Let's see… they've lost all over the place in the last few election cycles, the outgoing president from their party left with some of the worst approval ratings in history, they can't find a leader or a message, and yet this is what Michael Steele calls a building wave?

Just last week Gallup released an analysis showing that the Republicans were quickly losing people in almost every single demographic. If there is a wave it seems to be going in the opposite direction. Having been repeatedly chastised by the extremists of his party, Steele even took to the same sort of baseless name calling and fear mongering that popular folks like Dick Cheney have been using. Call me crazy but following the lead of one of the most unpopular people in recent political history may not be a recipe for success. If the GOP continues to move by default to the furthest extremes it won't end up riding any waves, it will only end up waving good-bye.

Update: If they don't change course, I have them "waving good-bye" but with regard to their unfounded attacks on Sonia Sotomayor Heartland Hollar has them falling off a cliff.


Anonymous said...

You have a lot to learn. The Republican brand may not be popular right now, but conservatism is. The vote in California not to increase spending is a good example that people don't want their government growing.

Concerning republicanism, it's cyclical. In two years, republicans will win at least one house back in congress because people will be tired of "change" that comes as fast as Obama is giving it. Time will tell, but enjoy it while it lasts because it won't last long. In our history of presidents from Lincoln on to the present, republicans have had a higher success rate at getting elected and staying elected, and that won't change anytime soon.

Other Side said...

I hardly think a vote in California to restrict spending is any indication that conservatism is on the rise again. Most everyone is against increased spending at this time. And, the Bush administration was hardly the bastion of cutting back as you may think tripling the deficit during its time in office and doing this with the support of both houses for six years.

The presidency may be relatively cyclical (I counted 81 years of Republican presidents and 60 years of Democrat since Lincoln). That's a distinct American oddity because both Houses have been overwhemingly Democratic.

I suspect the Presidency will contune to go back and forth. However, I believe the Republican/conservatives had their chance to prove they could govern and failed miserably. Good luck with that.