November 08, 2006

The Real Blame for Republican Losses

Republicans Blame Election Losses On Democrats

November 7, 2006 | WASHINGTON, DC—Republican officials are blaming tonight's GOP losses on Democrats, who they claim have engaged in a wide variety of "aggressive, premeditated, anti-Republican campaigns" over the past six-to-18 months. "We have evidence of a well-organized, well-funded series of operations designed specifically to undermine our message, depict our past performance in a negative light, and drive Republicans out of office," said Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman, who accused an organization called the Democratic National Committee of spearheading the nationwide effort. "There are reports of television spots, print ads, even volunteers going door-to-door encouraging citizens to vote against us." Acknowledging that the "damage has already been done," Mehlman is seeking a promise from Democrats to never again engage in similar practices.

Let's see the liberals and lefties argue against that analysis.

Posted by Woody M. at November 8, 2006 04:10 PM | TrackBack

What were you saying earlier about Republicans not being sore losers? Have you seen the totally nasty republican ads that were bandied around this election, many of which continued the cynical manipulation of 9/11. Arent oppostion parties supposed to work to undermine the message of their competitors. Isnt that part of the system. What youre unwilling to admit is that the Bush adminstration, through their sheer incompetence and narrow pursuit of a nasty ideological agenda undermined their own message, rendering it bankrupt in the eyes of most. I dont have much faith in the democrats but let us take pride in the fact that it appears that americans have started to wake up.

Posted by Ahmed at November 8, 2006 04:31 PM

Wow, this website is so regularly out of touch with reality (see the election prediction posts..i hope you guys arent gamblers) that i fell for the onion gag. Feel sort of silly

Posted by Ahmed at November 8, 2006 04:36 PM

Man, that was weird. For the first time ever, the Sean Hannity theme song actually was relevant!

Posted by jim hitchcock at November 8, 2006 07:16 PM

I saw at Hot Air that Michael Steele is listed as a possibility to be the next RNC chairman. It sounds like a good idea.

Posted by DRJ at November 8, 2006 11:58 PM

DRJ: The more I hear from Steele the more I like that guy. He has gracefully risen above the racist and low-ball attacks against him. Barring some unforseen bizarre circumstance or that I've missed some totally overt problem with his intelligence or integrity, I see no reason why he wouldn't be a great leader.

Ahmed: we've all seen all the ads and a significant number of them from both sides were a terrible embarrassment for any of us who retain a modicum of decency. What I find difficult to swallow is not that one side will point out the inequities of the other - I expect that just like you expect one party to try and discredit the other - but that the other readily and quickly uses the "well, you do it too" argument without addressing the intitial charge.

Allow me to ask you this; Have you gone to, say, Daily Kos or any number of lefty blogs to point out the problem of "cynical manipulation" in Democrat ads that are being ignored there? Because there are doozies there as well. Be warned though, you're far more likely to get banned and your posts deleted in a lefty blog than you will here.

If one is going to demand that both sides of an issue get equal play from one person (that merely dilutes one's argument and presents and "on the fence" stance), then I think it's only fair that they either reciprocate or make the same overt demands of the other. And if you disagree with the initial points brought up in the author's post, then say so and state your argument clearly and succinctly without using "the other side does it" which only sounds like justification.

There's a plethora of hypocrisy out there, but I don't give it the wide and often loose definition some do.

Posted by Oyster at November 9, 2006 10:35 AM

Perhaps, I need to emphasize that the article in this post is a joke, which you can tell by going to the link.

Posted by Woody at November 9, 2006 11:15 AM

I didn't follow the link, Woody. But it did cross my mind that it sounded too phony. I just got caught up in Ahmed's response.

Posted by Oyster at November 9, 2006 11:19 AM

The Republicans have no one to blame except themselves, right? Sure they failed to use the full power of the u.s military to put down permanently the terrorists in the middle east, they held back for political reasons and so we continue to fight these cowards. one of the biggest mistakes the rep's made was not to fight back against the constant barrage of criticisms and false accusations.

Posted by James Goodman at November 9, 2006 12:01 PM

I'm waiting to see a parallel "story" along the following lines:

As the giddy feeling of victory starts to fade, some Democratic leaders are now harboring suspicions of a deep Rovian plot behind the Republican defeat: by tricking them into taking control of the Congress, the Democrats have now been trapped into having to govern rather than being able to obstruct. As a result, Democratic party official are considering whether to demand a recount in Virginia in the hope that Allen will prevail.

Posted by civil truth at November 9, 2006 01:43 PM

Civil Truth, lol, now that does sound believable. The Democrats have so many conspiracy theories and believe that Bush & Rove are stupid but, at the same time, create involved and sinister plots.

Posted by Woody at November 9, 2006 06:00 PM

The real blame for the losses rests on the Republicans. We can blame Bush, we can blame Rove, we can blame the individual candidates and we can blame ourselves for voting for many of these losers.

The republicans have not been following conservative or libertarian ideas for a while now. Bush is a democrat. We see it in his policies.

I must say that I have lost faith in the president. He is not faithful to the truth or principles. I do not care that he loses every battle up to the day he is replaced. I will NOT vote for a tepid republican. I would prefer.

Until I see real change I am sitting on the sidelines as Republicans and Democrats smear each other with lies. I will not make another donation to anyone in the Republican party until I see conservative and libertarian ideals openly advocated.

Posted by bee at November 12, 2006 02:42 PM

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