(Blogger Mike Zahara) – There still is a mea culpa necessary from all GOP candidates over Bush’s 8 years and the spending that increased government 70% with little to show for it. I’m still astounded that occurred under the Republicans. If you’re from the GOP, you apologize to your voters and then you go to your fiscal right and try to temper or avoid the social right as the Phyllis Schlafly’s of the world lose you Dem crossover votes by the thousands.
Moderate and conservative Dems are just itching to touch the screen for credible, likable, and more moderate GOPers this cycle; don’t piss that away with inter-party squabbling no regular voter cares about.
300,000+ in Nevada are really hurting and all GOPers have to address that in their own way; PS: tax cuts don’t do that.
There will be a reflexive desire to just keep shooting at Harry and Barack at all levels in the local GOP and that’s the dumbest thing any Republican can do. They can’t control the national PACs which will be brutal on Harry, and the last thing you’d want is for Harry Reid to get sympathy votes; the only way he is re-elected today.
There is danger in over-attacking Harry Reid; if it comes across as beating up a decrepit, useless old man, he may pull it out on sympathy. No California transplant in either party will vote for such an old guy either, so they have those votes and they have to hit him on 41 years and nothing to show for it, and 41 years of enriching his family and friends at Nevada’s expense, and they have to keep the personal hatred of him at a minimum.
Harry Reid has only 1 county of 17 and they’re not coming back to him unless the GOP overplays its hand.
Team Reid plans to go for old guy sympathy big time next summer…expect tearful, snot dripping, choked up commercials of him telling us how much he now loves us and Nevada… for the first time in 41 years!
The GOP also has to be cognizant that a Harry Reid loss may get Rory Reid the sympathy consolation prize as governor—in fact, I would lay odds on that happening today—the game plan should be to knock both of them off and take down some state offices, a congressional seat, and some local offices with them.
If they’re both going down in flames on Election Night 2010, they’re taking others down with them too.
Beating one or the other, but not both, may leave they GOP out of reapportionment all together and waste a gift of opportunity Harry Reid and the national lunatic left have been so generous to freely give to the Nevada GOP on a platinum platter this year and next.
But the biggest problem for the GOP today is positioning the best people to actually win offices. All of the players for Gov and US Senate are ignoring a whole host of statewide and local offices that some of these contenders can win pretty easily.
It’s the GOP’s to lose if they fail to get it together, cover all offices with quality candidates, and stand shoulder-to-shoulder together as a party and a ticket in 2010.