November 8, 2008

WHICH MISAPPREHENDS THE REPUBLICAN CRISIS:

Republicans, This Is the First Day of the Rest of Your Lives (Stuart Rothenberg, 11/06/08, Real Clear Politics)

[E]ach time a party has suffered big losses, frustration boils over. It happened after the 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1994 elections.

Moderates and ideologues in the losing party always seem to disagree about who was at fault and what steps the bloodied and bruised party needs to take to get back on the winning track. After the 1964 and 1974 elections, some predicted the disappearance of the Republican Party. And reports of the death of the Democratic Party were greatly exaggerated after the 1972, 1994 and 2004 elections.

While the near term is not rosy for Republicans, party members will now be able to turn the page, on what was tantamount to a four-year election cycle.

Maybe President Bush wasn't responsible entirely for high gasoline prices, a mortgage foreclosure and financial crisis, Republican ethics lapses on Capitol Hill, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and a seemingly endless litany of depressing news stories. But the GOP was never going to recover its standing until the Bush years ended. Tuesday night marked the beginning of the end.


Note that nothing in that litany is a Bush policy, whereas the congressional Republican opposition to immigration reform, the Paulson plan, etc. did real damage. Indeed, John McCain and Barack Obama just competed to see who'd be the more competent administrator of Clintonism/Bushism. It's helpful to the Party to move on from W the man, but the winning candidate in '12 will run on W's politics.

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 8, 2008 7:57 AM
blog comments powered by Disqus
« WHAT'S THE MANDARIN FOR KATRINA?: | Main | BACK IN THE DAY...: »