Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Good questions

Noticing the denunciations of the Senate RINO trio, Bradley Johnson reels off a list of Senate seats held by Democrats in states that are -- or could be -- competitive for Republicans:
Why do Max Baucus, Byron Dorgan, Tim Johnson, Kent Conrad, and Mark Begich hold seats in what are generally reliable Republican states at every level? Is it not possible to defeat Harry Reid in Nevada, Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, Robert Byrd in West Virginia, or Sherrod Brown in Ohio? How is it that Democrats control both of Virginia's senate seats? Not that long ago, Republicans controlled seats in Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Delaware, New Mexico and Michigan. Is it really impossible to elect a second Republican Senator to join Chuck Grassley from Iowa or Dick Lugar from Indiana? Is there no way to defeat appointed Senators Roland Burris of Illinois or Mike Bennett of Colorado in 2010?
Mr. Johnson: The most important causes of the GOP decline in the Senate were:
  • The war in Iraq -- You knew this.
  • Top-down politics -- Ken Mehlman and Karl Rove tried to run the entire national apparatus of the GOP from Washington, picking favorites in Republican primaries and otherwise meddling in state-level affairs they should have stayed out of. This is what killed grassroots enthusiasm among rank-and-file party activists.
  • Immigration -- In consecutive years (2006-07), Republicans led by John McCain pushed amnesty bills in the Senate, measures which were stopped only by a fierce clamor from grassroots conservatives who understood that amnesty is absolute poison in terms of keeping "Reagan Democrats." Don't. Ever. Let. That. Happen. Again.
It's perfectly possible to rebuild a Republican majority in the Senate. But if the GOP doesn't learn the lesson of its mistakes during the Bush years, there's no hope at all.

1 comment:

  1. I don't know about the other states' senatorial choices, but Colorado has to come up with candidates who are not retreads from the cosmic rotary club and the statewide Republican Party has to get away from running 8th grade name calling campaigns. The brand here is damaged.