Very, it turns out
Just when you begin to sorta' feel good about how things are going for Republicans, thanks largely to Barack Obama and the Democrat leadership, you seem them do the kind of things you expect from people who really just don't want to win.
For example, take the NRSC (please!) and its continued fundraising for Charlie Crist, who (as we pointed out) is getting "waxed" by Marc Rubio in the Florida Senate primary by 32 points in the latest poll.
The National Republican Senatorial Campaign won't be spending money in the Florida Senate primary between Gov. Charlie Crist and former House speaker Marco Rubio, but they sure are helping Crist raise massive amounts of cash. ...
According to a list of fundraisers sent out by the NRSC and obtained by TPMDC, there are 8 big-dollar Crist fundraisers being held over the next two weeks. There are seven in Florida, two in one day on Saturday. Crist also will join Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Gov. Sonny Perdue (R-GA) for a fundraiser in Atlanta on Monday.
I understand that the NRSC has a job to do, that being to recruit candidates and help them win US Senate seats. Fine. And I also understand that there will be times that someone there will screw up and recruit the wrong candidate, although this seems to happen waaayyy to often to just be a screw up, but I digress. But it's another thing entirely to continue to waste the party's money...and encourage GOP donors to waste even more money...supporting someone that Republicans in that state have CLEARLY indicated that they don't want. read more »
Talk about hand-writing on the wall.
In what can be termed as nothing less than "big", the latest poll of the Republican candidates in the Florida Senate primary has House Speaker Marco Rubio ahead of incumben Governor Charlie Crist by 32 points.
Rubio now leads Crist 60-28, including a staggering 71-17 lead with conservatives. Crist has a 49-36 advantage with party moderates, but they account for just 31% of likely primary voters compared to 65% who describe themselves as conservative.
Rubio is benefiting from a widely held sentiment among Florida GOP voters that Congressional Republicans are too liberal and that Crist would add to the problem. 41% of them think that the party leadership in Washington is too liberal, and with those folks Rubio holds an 83-10 lead. 50% think that Crist himself is too liberal and with those voters Rubio’s advantage expands even wider to 90-5.
Wow. And, believe it or not, it gets worse for Crist.
It also looks like it’s too late for Crist to audible and make another run for Governor. GOP voters say they’d prefer likely nominee Bill McCollum over Crist by a 49-35 margin. In fact Republicans generally just want Crist to go away- 56% say they’d like him out of office a year from now to 19% who’d like to see him continue as Governor and only 14% who want him in the Senate. read more »
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What difference a year makes!
We're a long way from where we were after "The One" took office. The economy is still in the tank, most of his agenda is stalled (thankfully), and his polling numbers continue to head south.
For Republicans, things are looking up as we approach the mid-term elections.
But how should Repubicans continue to deal with Obama? Who would you like to see in a leadership role? What direction should the party take overall? Where are the best Republican ideas coming from?
All important questions.
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whole lotta' red
Here's a look at Karl Rove's latest US Senate race map. As you can see, there's a lotta' red there. And, of course, keep in mind that Massachusetts was "solid blue" just two weeks ago.
Larry Sabato also has a list of current projections up on Rasmussen's site. He's currently showing a 7 seat gain for the GOP, for what it's worth.
Of course all this stuff can change in a heart beat one way or another, (as Scott Brown demonstrated). And the election is a full 9 months away...which is an eternity in politics. But given the current environment...and if the GOP puts up the right candidates which stick to a real conservative message, it should be a good November.
It can happen!
It's looking more and more possible each day.
Yesterday's Rasmussen poll only had them apart by one point, so anything can happen, depending on turnout.
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Recent national polls showing a larger percentage of Americans expressing support for a non-existing “Tea Party” candidate rather than a Republican candidate is a temptation for conservatives to waste their time and increase the odds of feeling even more disenfranchised in the future.
I understand the frustration, especially the white hot frustration of those who have only recently become energized and involved, most likely as a result of our current President.
The energy, enthusiasm and commitment to core principles is great. It’s beyond great. It’s exactly what this country (and more specifically the GOP) needs. But what we don’t need is for that energy and enthusiasm to be wasted where it will do absolutely no good whatsoever to the principles it represents. read more »
It’s been said that when life gives you lemons you make lemonade. So it is with politics.
The GOP’s 2008 election defeat planted and watered the seeds of what the party has been in need of for a long time – a real conservative revolution.
The good news is that Barack Obama is making it all possible. He and the Democrat leadership are providing Americans with a vivid reminder of everything they don’t like about liberalism.
As White House Chief of Staff Rham Emanuel was credited with saying after Obama took office, ”a crisis is a terrible thing to waste”. Well, just ten months in to his term, Americans are sensing a crisis. Specifically, the crisis represented by Obama’s brand of liberalism, and they’re in the mood for a revolt. read more »
There are two groups of people that have reason to be scared over Tuesday's election results: moderate Democrats and Republican leadership.
Why any Democrat should be concerned is obvious. They're the current majority party and they're in control of Congress and the White House. Off year elections are normally bad for the party in the White House, but Tuesday's election results point to something big next year.
In Virginia, a state Obama carried by five percent, the Republican candidate for Governor wins by eighteen percent - a twenty-three point swing.
In deep blue New Jersey, a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by two to one; where the Democrat incumbent outspent the Republican by three to one; where Obama himself won by fifteen points and made multiple campaign stops, the Republican wins by four points - a nineteen point swing. read more »
The latest Rasmussen survey has an interesting analysis of the race up in Ny-23 and what it says about the GOP. The most interesting aspect of it was what it says about what the party base has to say about the Republican leadership - specifically those in Congress.
According to the survey, 73% of Republicans believe that the congressional GOP has lost touch with the party's base. Which just pins a number of what we've known and experienced for the last several years or more.
What's even more interesting, or perhaps revealing, is the way the folks on the other side of the aisle feel...
...while Republican voters say their congressional representatives are out of touch, a plurality (47%) of Democratic voters view their members of Congress as roughly in the same place they are ideologically. Just 27% say the average Democratic member of Congress is more liberal than the average Democrat, while 19% think the average Democrat in Congress is more conservative.
In other words, Democrats in Congress are more representative of their party's base than Republicans are. And when you consider that twice as many Americans self-identify themselves as conservatives, it better explains the level of anger and frustration that's bubbling up all across the country. read more »
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