I keeping hearing the hook from rap anthem “Self Destruction” when I think about Obama’s concerns for our community. With elements of Kennedy’s “Ask not what this country can do for you” classic speech, President Obama and his lovely family will outline the formula for better living for those who care about themselves and how we carry ourselves. However, that same rap hook applies to the self-destruction of the GOP.
The GOP is working hard to marginalize themselves and doing a fine job. Alienate Blacks with attacks on Obama, Steele and Powell…check…alienate Hispanics and women with attacks on Sotomayor….check…alienate centrists by pushing Specter away and preparing to attack McCain and the few remaining moderate GOP senators if they voted for Sotomajor’s confirmation….check and checkmate. You just guaranteed defeat in the midterm elections.
If the GOP purifies their rank and file, those voters pushed away will natural hang in the center or join the Blue Dog division of the Democrats. The Blue Dog selection of the Democrat team could therefore grow large enough to counterbalance the far-left urban ultra-liberals and give President Obama the opportunity to be more corn-fed Kansas populist than Chicago rural liberal. We must remember that Obama created his statewide appeal in Illinois by connecting with the country folks down state.
While the GOP is counting on the big spending from the White House helping them during the mid-term elections, America might actually like Obama and the Democrats more as the White House slides toward the center. Cover the children’s eyes because the sight of a dying elephant could traumatize them for life.
Michael Steele has some elephant-sized EKG paddles in his hands but I don’t think he can get pass those who are in denial about what when wrong in the past or those who don’t want new congressional candidates to be more Sen. Isakson smooth and less Fox News bitter. They could pick up three House seats in Georgia just by reading this blog.
The House Minority Leader John Boehner recently said what…I can’t believe it…no he didn’t…he told the truth.
“We’re digging ourselves out of a deep hole,” he admitted. “We took it in the shorts with Bush-Cheney, the Iraq War, and by sacrificing fiscal responsibility to hold power.” Boehner also acknowledged that the GOP hasn’t done a good enough to job shaking the “party of no” label.
Rep. Boehner outlined his positive strategy turning things around but I think he needs some fresh face with encouraging vibes. Michael Steele should consider the following a personal gift from me: in Georgia, getting Austin Scott, Deborah Honeycutt into the correct congressional races would be your best spot at picking up seats by pulling voters from Blue Dogs.
As the Republicans taught the Democrats in the 90s, voters are reluctant to vote out incumbents from the party controlling the power in Washington. The GOP can’t win any congressional races in Georgia without producing Obama and dare I say Palin like popular, fresh candidates.
We know that traditionally Organized Labor and the Trial Lawyers controlled the Democrats with money and the Faith community and big business did the same for the Republicans. Obama got most of his money from the people so after all this bailout stuff he should do what the people want if he wants a second term. (And I am not sure he actually does. Maybe he wants to change the whole game with sweeping reforms without concern for reelection..walking away on top of the game like Jim Brown. Is that the secret deal he cut with Hillary?)
What would happen if the faith community created a third party? Who would be left in the GOP? Hear me: embrace some less bitter GOP candidates now or suffer the consequences.