This morning I woke up and I was thinking about all the different topics I could write about today. I could have written about how in today's society it has become the norm to attack those people that have just died. I could have written about how even in death some people still can not put their partisan antics aside and just mourn the loss of a great political person.
Ted Stevens died a few days ago and it is truly a huge loss to moderate Conservatives all over this country. But in the wake of his death one unfortunate idiot (yes he is a Democrat) wished ill will towards Sarah Palin. He is a horrible person and whatever office he holds or is running for he just needs to disappear. But he should not even have been the focus. Unfortunately on my blog about the crash, one poster took it upon himself to post to a website to a link about that jerk.
What I really want to talk about today is the stunning alienation tactics the Republicans are engaging in today and why the "lamestream media" is for some reason turning the other cheek.
So far in this election cycle Republicans have gone after: homosexuals, Latinos, fire fighters, police officers, teachers, 9/11 workers, the elderly, unborn children of illegal citizens, the middle class, and the lower class.
They have harped on bringing down the deficit at the same time demanding that the Bush era tax cuts (that add to the deficit) be extended. They even voted against state-aid even though it was deficit neutral.
Watching Republicans over the past few months even the casual observer would wonder if the Republicans were really even trying to win Congress back. In recent polling Republicans are viewed in more negative light than Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.
Republicans want a tidal wave in November to win back Congress. In the House they even tried to get a resolution passed that would have barred the House from meeting after the November election until January. Let us forget for a second that that resolution would have shut down the government. They did it because, in the hopes that they do win they want to ensure that the Democrats can not do any more work until the Republicans take control.
One has to wonder, though, are they really trying to win in November when the only people they seem to be openly courting are rich, white men. Now, there is nothing inherently wrong with that but you are not going to win many elections let alone sweep an entire party out of power just courting one segment of the population.
They have not even considered the TEA Party. The group of people that for one year they openly courted and for the next year they openly distanced themselves from is still out there. They do have the power to run as Independents. Let's face it, the TEA Party is not exactly happy with Republicans right now.
I am not going to sit here and say that Democrats are going to gain seats and Republicans are going to lose seats in November. It just plain is not going to happen and anyone who believes that is smoking ... something.
At this point, though, I do not see the tidal wave happening either. People are angry right now at Congress. It is not being directed at the Democrats or the Republicans, it is being directed at both parties, and rightly so. Democrats were voted in on the promise of change and correcting the economy. Even though they had the super majority for most of the two years they could not stay together and beat filibusters to get legislation through and the base is angry. Republicans, for their part, did not help themselves by being the party of NO. People are angry at their stalling tactics. Republicans have, in this session, stalled more bills and more nominees than any other session in American history.
There will be a tightening in November, but I have to wonder, if Republicans keep up their alienation tactics of this election cycle for the next two years, do they even have a chance of winning the Presidency? Do they even stand the chance of losing seats, again, in Congress?
Earlier I had mentioned the groups that Republicans had gone after. I forgot one group, Conservatives. Recently, several Congressional Republicans expressed interest in reviewing the 14th Amendment. The base did not take to kindly to this, because they actually like the Constitution and do not want it changed. It is never good when you try a new political ploy and actually alienate the people you were trying to please.