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LarryNaselli.com
Monday, December 22, 2008
No GOP Bailout of Moderates' Failed Ideas

From columnist Kathleen Parker to General Colin Powell to the NY Times Editorial Board, the battered Republican Party is hearing the predictable advice that flows from these fountains of political insight following every Republican electoral defeat (and come to think of it, following every Republican electoral victory), the constant message is, “Purge the Conservatism. If only the Republican Party would be more moderate, less ideological, more willing to cross the aisle, the Sun would again shine on Republican fortunes."

In the present case the target of these critiques is not the GOP standard bearer, John McCain, since the “Maverick” Senator is the incarnation of this very approach; rather, these sages point to Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, as the problem with the GOP’s losing ticket, about which a few thoughts:

1) When has the Vice Presidential candidate ever been make or break for a presidential campaign? Answer: Never.

2) What does it say about the appeal of the top of the ticket, if the bottom of the ticket could turn away a decisive proportion of voters? Barack Obama was a strong enough candidate to weather the presence of the self-important buffoon and abject idiot Joe Biden on his ticket. If McCain was a winner without Palin, it's not reasonable to conclude that she dragged him down to defeat.

3) Quite the contrary, the excitement generated by Sarah Palin’s candidacy saved the longshot McCain campaign from suffering a genuine landslide defeat.

4) Sales & Marketing 101 teaches that to gain market share you must differentiate your brand from the competition. The McCain campaign was gaining popular support, coming off of the Palin selection, when the Credit Crisis hit. With an opportunity to set himself apart from Obama (by pointing out that the Housing Market debacle was a product of government policy), McCain instead defaulted to media-friendly Washington-speak, “Wall Street Greed” is the problem, a taxpayer bailout and more regulation are the solution. G R O A N. Thanks for clearing that up Senator McCain, just one thing, if bigger government and more control over private property is what we need, then let’s elect a true believer, what do we need you for?

In the VP Debate, the McCain Campaign placed the “Wall Street Greed” line into Conservative Sarah Palin’s mouth, which explains her continual winking at the camera: she was winking the Morse Code for T-O-R-T-U-R-E, so Americans would know she was being forced by her captors, er I mean handlers, to say words she did not mean.

The simple fact is that Republicans ran just the type of candidate that Colin Powell and his ilk assure us is the key to Republican victory, and that candidate lost decisively. This is no time for the GOP to bail out the failed ideas of Republican Moderates. When your advice leads to failure it’s your ideas that should be purged. Running a Moderate Republican, John McCain, didn’t work, so why should the GOP listen to those who recommend more of the same?


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:42 AM CST
Updated: Friday, January 2, 2009 11:36 AM CST
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