Tuesday, December 23, 2008

GOP having trouble attacking Obama

Pity the poor Republicans. Masters of the political attack, the negative ad, are now faced with a President who seems to be made of - what's that nonstick stuff again? - oh yeah, Teflon. Maybe sort of like Reagan, except that Obama is smarter and a better politician than Reagan. From the NY Times:

Two months after Barack Obama’s election, Republicans are struggling to figure out how — or even whether — to challenge or criticize him as he prepares to assume the presidency.
Hee hee hee hee.

The GOP tried to link Obama with Blagojevich, to very little effect. How badly did that backfire?

“I was saddened to learn that at a time of national trial, when a president-elect is preparing to take office in the midst of the worst financial crisis in over seventy years, that the Republican National Committee is engaged in the sort of negative, attack politics that the voters rejected in the 2006 and 2008 election cycles”
That's from Newt Gingrich. When Newt Gingrich criticizes you for being too negative, you are off the deep end and heading for the abyss.

The GOP will figure something out. There are some unresolved issues just waiting to be exploited, particularly around education. Democrats are big supporters of public education, and teachers' unions, but frustration with teachers' unions is mounting in the general public. Public employee pensions are a ticking time bomb. Unfortunately for the GOP, those are mostly local issues, and Obama won't have a great deal of influence over them.

But for now, the GOP can't even figure out how to criticize Obama. That's part of the price you pay when your ideology collapses in a sodden mess of greed, fear, incompetence and ignorance.

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