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NewChief
06-03-2009, 09:30 AM
This analysis is really thought-provoking:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/23253.html

Tuesday’s announcement of Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.) as President Barack Obama’s nominee for Army secretary makes perfect sense from a policymaking standpoint. It’s hard to find a member of Congress who’s more well-respected or more steeped in military personnel issues than McHugh, a senior House Armed Services Committee member who has wrestled with issues ranging from recruitment to base closure to the role of women in combat.

Yet it’s also hard to find a choice better calibrated to meet the Obama administration’s political imperatives. All at once, Obama has selected a nominee who burnishes his bipartisan credentials, opened up a seat prime for Democratic pickup and drained the GOP reservoir of one of the few remaining Northeastern moderates.

It’s an event that’s happening with enough frequency to suggest the presence of a design, a plan that not only sketches the outline of a reelection strategy but manages to drive a wedge into the opposition at the same time. Call it a Sherman’s March in reverse — an audacious attempt by Obama to burn down any lines of escape for Republicans from their one refuge of popularity, the deep South.

Since taking office in January, Obama has made an effort to convert GOP moderates in nearly every region of the country, ranging from a former Midwestern congressman, Ray LaHood, who became transportation secretary, to Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who was recently named ambassador to China.

Obama also made a play for two of the four remaining Northeastern Republican senators — meeting with success in the case of party-switching Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter and near-success in the case of New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg, who initially accepted the president’s appointment as head of the Commerce Department before backing out.

And with McHugh’s appointment, Obama has managed to cut New York’s ever-shrinking GOP House delegation by one-third. The state delegation now includes just two Republicans in its 29-member contingent — down from 10 as recently as 2004.

Between high-profile conversions from the Northeast to the Midwest to the Rocky Mountain West — not to mention Obama’s warm relations with the nation’s two most prominent moderate Republican governors, California’s Arnold Schwarzenegger and Florida’s Charlie Crist — it’s beginning to look like a strategy that isolates conservatives, reinforces the impression that the GOP is defined by the borders of the Deep South and all the while underscores Obama’s stated goal of working across party lines.

“It’s very smart politically on a lot of levels. First, it’s a demonstration that he’s keeping his promise to govern in a bipartisan way. Second, the fact is, every time you open up a seat in the House or Senate that an incumbent Republican holds, you give your party an opportunity to win one back. And some of those seats may come our way,” said Tad Devine, a veteran Democratic strategist. “It forces Republicans to defend their own territory and spend money on defense.”

“Boxing the Republicans into a South-dominated party is very good strategy, because the more you reduce the Republican Party, the more conservative and reactionary it will become, and thus less attractive to moderates,” said Tom Schaller, a University of Maryland-Baltimore County professor and the author of “Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South.” “The Midwest and the Northeast are the places where there are still remnants of old-line Rockefeller Republicans. And these are the places where the Democrats will build durable majorities.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/23253.html#ixzz0HNSpJydW&B

prhom
06-03-2009, 07:51 PM
We really need a strong third party in this country. We may look back 20 years from now and say that the best thing to come from Obama's presidency is the emergence of a legitimate third party platform. The democrats feel they have a blank check to "reform" this country and the republicans are just big children.

JohnnyV13
06-03-2009, 09:11 PM
Both Bush and Obama have grabbed so much power, we NEED a true "small government" party.

jAZ
06-03-2009, 10:51 PM
The new "southern strategy". Love it.

Mr. Kotter
06-04-2009, 12:26 AM
Absolutely, works for me.


Though, I hope he is smart on "following through."

:hmmm:

KcFanInGA
06-04-2009, 01:58 PM
The problem here is the parties are more focused on "boxing in" the other party, not helping the people who put them there. Congress should be a 4 year position so they can do something besides "win seats". Also, salary cap. And....ah hell I'll quit.

BigRedChief
06-04-2009, 02:04 PM
Like the last two Republican appointees said....

When the President asks you to serve, the discussion ends and the obligation begins.

Major kudos to those Republicans who are putting country before party. :clap:

***SPRAYER
06-04-2009, 02:04 PM
We really need a strong third party in this country. We may look back 20 years from now and say that the best thing to come from Obama's presidency is the emergence of a legitimate third party platform. The democrats feel they have a blank check to "reform" this country and the republicans are just big children.

Twenty years from now we will have a Dictator.

prhom
06-04-2009, 08:33 PM
Twenty years from now we will have a Dictator.

Nah, that would be pretty extreme. How do you think that could happen? I just think that the democratic dismissal of the GOP leaves a huge opening for the right independent candidate. The dems aren't doing much to court the fiscal conservatives in this country and if someone who was as articulate as Obama came along and could match his celebrity power or at least not be as stodgy and belligerent as the GOP guys are I think they could put a good dent in both the Dems and GOP.

Cannibal
06-05-2009, 08:52 AM
Twenty years from now we will have a Dictator.

That is what Republicans want. A strong military type that will enforce ideals.

***SPRAYER
06-05-2009, 08:55 AM
Nah, that would be pretty extreme. How do you think that could happen?


For starters, US Treasury bonds are now graded as junk. And if they're not, they should be.