Originally Posted by Radar Chief
’02, after the midterms when the Republicans picked up House seats.
I remember it as well, Republicans trying to tell Democrats how to fix their party. What did the Democrats do? They certainly didn’t follow Republicans advice, they doubled down on the rhetoric like Republicans want your grandma eating dog food and this “war on women”
I have never seen a combination of perfect pitch and perfect idiocy like the "War on Women".
You know those times when a coach calls a screen pass right at the side of the field where the defense is sending a blitz? All hell breaks lose and the RB blows past a flat-footed safety for a 60 yard score before anyone knows how or what just happened.
That was it with the 'War on Women.' The Democrats knew that Obama would appeal to women voters and started early on with it. They kept hammering at it with some effect, but not overwhelming effect.
Then came Todd ****ing Aiken. And man did that snowball gather momentum fast. Todd Aiken was the blitz right into the face of the screen. He was the absolute worst thing that could happen at the absolute worst time. Then the entire Republican Party came under attack and suddenly in the span of 6 weeks, Romney had bled off 5/6 points in the national polls.
With a great late rally, he made it close again (and don't let the Ds sway you here, he did
make it close), but there was just immeasurable damage done. Todd Akin, Mourdock and the early emphasis on abortion, etc... in the primary campaign was essentially a severed femoral artery. There was just no recovering from it, no matter how tight the turnicate got.
There was a prefect storm of electoral events here that buried the Republicans. It was a failure of the Party
that led to these results, not a failure of many of their fundamental ideas.
Put these ideas behind the right candidates (and put the wrong candidates in the bottom of the !@#$ing ocean...jesus, Aiken), and they'll still resonate.
But they can't continue to lead with their chins on social issues. That has to take a back-seat and really needs to be softened at least a little bit.