Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Disorganized, Dispondent Republicans Are Not Ready for Victory

I really regret that I haven't had the time to address many of the important issues swirling around our nation over these last few weeks. I appreciate all of you who stop by here daily only to find the nest empty. I am humbled by your loyalty.

There are three points that deserve to be discussed and I've decided to cover them in three separate blog entries over the next three days.

First, in what will be the shortest entry, I'm going to take just a couple of paragraphs to discuss the sorry state of the Republican Party. This ought to be really short.

Al Gore wrote to me today (along with about ten million other Democrats and liberal leaning folks). What former Vice President Gore wanted, of course, was money for the Democrat Party. But he did make a really important observation.

Dear Robert, (Good old Al always calls me Robert)

I've seen it happen. In 1992, Democrats had finally regained the White House and had control of Congress. Everything was in place to bring about historic change.

But in 1994 - just two years later - the Republicans surged back, capturing the Senate and the House. As a result, every bit of progress was a struggle, and Republicans blocked many important initiatives entirely.

We can't let it happen again, but history is not on our side. In all but three midterm elections since the Civil War, the president's party has lost seats.

Good old Al is right. If one party controls both Houses of Congress and the Presidency it is likely the opposing party will take some of that power back. It happens for a variety of reasons: buyer's remorse, desire for a balance of power, and a re-energized opposition.

This year, for reasons I will discuss thoroughly in my third blog entry, Republicans should really gain ground. The mistakes President Obama and the Democrats are making are huge and potentially devastating to the country. But the Republicans may not be able to pick up the pieces.

In 1994 Republicans had a secret weapon: Newt Gingrich. Gingrich was probably the brightest and most able member of the House of Representatives in our generation. And he was organized and had a superb marketing plan. He capitalized on Clinton's mistakes and energized the party and, ultimately, the nation.

Today there is no Newt Gingrich, not even the badly tarnished and out of power Gingrich himself.

Although we Democrats are wasting our time, energy, intelligence and credibility attacking Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin, neither of these people, nor any of the other talking heads are leading the Republican party or speaking for the Republican party. And potential leaders like Governor Mark Sanford are self destructing.

In the House and Senate there is literally no leadership with even marginal credibility. A few are captive of far right Christian groups bent on repealing the laws of Evolution, others lack the charisma to capture the imagination of the populace.

So while my close personal buddy Al is right, history favors the Republicans, there is no cohesive group able to capitalize on this historic opportunity.

That is a shame and I'll explain why in part three.


Emily said...

I have to be careful as to how to state this so as not to be misunderstood. I guess I should preface it by saying this is a statement not about Sara Palin, per se.

But I think the embarrassment of GOP supporters, contributors and voters should now be just about dead zero. Not only did they vote for the worse president of all time, George W Bust twice, but they also voted for superannuated war hero who told them The Palin was fit to be President. That's too much burden for them to bear, I would think. And too much for them to apologize for.

Emily said...

So, I'm thinking I might not be asking for anymore apologies. Okay, I've thought about it, and I think apologizing might still be a good idea as step 1 in their 12-Step recovery.

Vigilante said...

Ouch! Harsh!! (I have nothing to add...)

Lee said...

Emily, the worst president of all time was Carter. I believe our current one might just surpass him.

As far as Republican leadership goes, Wizard is correct there is no one. There are some with potential, I keep imagining them standing at the edge of the void they should fill.

The Obama, Pelosi and Reed leadership is just embarrassing and way to costly for zero returns.

Our government works best when it is under gridlock.

John said...

When the GOP has a nominee in the late summer of 2012, then they will have a leader. And by then, IMO Obama will be so burdened by seemingly unsolvable problems that it will make for a very competitive race in 2012.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

I think that this is the perfect time for a centrist third party to emerge; a place for the Chuck Hagels and Mary Landrieus of the world to hang their trinkets. And, yes, also a place for the 40% of us who hate both parties to NOT have to constantly pick the lesser of 2 evils.

shoo said...

The leadership vacuum in the Republican party is really a total non-issue. Who led the Democrats before Obama won the nomination? Nancy Pelosi? Harry Reid? Howard Dean? Hillary? Answer: no one.

Do not expect a leader to emerge before 2011. The Dems gained ground in Congress with no effective leader, and absolutely no agenda beyond being against anything Bush. The Republicans can also gain ground simply by opposing whatever Obama is trying to do, without actually offering any alternatives. It won't be the revolution of 94 (Newt really was one of a kind), but it will be a gain.

Vigilante said...

The leadership vacuum in the Republican party is really a total non-issue.

What is really at issue is the judgment of Republicant voters: they thought The Palin was qualified to be President (as well as the old fool who said he was happy to run with her).