October 25, 2006


The GOP Leans on A Proven Strategy: White House Courts Conservative Base (Peter Baker, 10/25/06, Washington Post)

Beset by discouraging polls and division within ideological ranks, the White House is accelerating efforts to woo back disaffected conservatives and energize the Republican base in a reprise of a strategy that succeeded in the last two campaign cycles.

President Bush and Vice President Cheney have given multiple interviews to conservative journalists, senior adviser Karl Rove has telephoned religious and social activists, and the White House has staged signing ceremonies for legislation cracking down on terrorism and illegal immigration. Two weeks before Election Day, Bush aides invited dozens of radio talk show hosts for a marathon broadcast from the White House yesterday to reach conservative listeners. [...]

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform and a close Rove associate, said the White House team is blanketing the conservative circuit. "They're out there, they're talking to people, they're at our meetings," he said. "This is a full-court press." Norquist dismissed conservatives who are threatening to stay home on Election Day: "They're not doing anything other than whining."

Mid-terms, even more than presidentials, are just about turnout and we still don't see how Democrats generate high turnout with the economy booming.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 25, 2006 9:57 AM

These are the people who expect "marches in the streets" to "fight the power" of ChimpyMcBusHitler, but seem unable to motivate the same believers to fill out at least one of the absentee ballots they (and their dog) registered for.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 25, 2006 12:29 PM

"Beset by discouraging polls and division within ideological ranks" - repeating this over and over by the MSM doesn't make it so. But it is all the Dems and MSM have to hang their hopes on.

Posted by: AWW at October 25, 2006 12:38 PM

All they know of the GOP is what they read online, which has nothing to do with reality.

Posted by: oj at October 25, 2006 12:45 PM

Win or lose, the Gun rights team is present and accounted for

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 25, 2006 2:45 PM

"we still don't see how Democrats generate high turnout with the economy booming."

Massive fraud?

Posted by: Ralph Phelan at October 25, 2006 3:15 PM

We control the voting machine software, no?

Posted by: oj at October 25, 2006 3:20 PM

oj. If only ...

Posted by: erp at October 25, 2006 7:31 PM