Saturday, April 15, 2006

Guns, Gods and Gays

In a sign of desperation, the GOP is planning to set forth a socially divisive campaign platform based on gay marriage, flag burning and abortion for the midterm elections.
"Between now and the November elections, Republicans are penciling in plans to take action on social issues important to religious conservatives, the foundation of the GOP base, as they defend their congressional majority."
-Associated Press
This is good news and bad news for Democrats. First, it shows that Republicans realize that if the midterms are about the big issues facing the country - war, the economy, healthcare, etc - they're in big trouble. But it's bad news because it demonstrates that Republicans are reverting to their time-tested strategy: when the going gets tough, divide the country. Get ready for a campaign of gay-bashing, "baby-killing" and assertions of the anti-Americanism of liberals who love to burn flags. It's the 21st century version of the "southern strategy."

But as disillusioned as I was with the American people for re-electing Bush, somehow I believe that they will realize in November that the primary issues facing this country do not include a hippie burning a flag in Berkeley.

EDIT: The New York Times carried a similar story today. But they argued, perhaps in wishful thinking, that the strategy may not be as effective as it was in 2004.
"Gay marriage is not the magic bullet to get us out of our situation," said Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina.
Sort of a selective quote if you ask me. Graham is a bit of a maverick who would rather focus on bigger issues like the deficit and earmarks. His reluctance to embrace the socially-divisive platform is not a sign that it won't work, but instead that it doesn't fit his agenda.


At April 15, 2006 4:15 PM, Anonymous American Patriot said...

It's time that we move beyond petty issues and personal choices and focus on issues that impact our country and our future - namely the war in Iraq, a nuclear Iran, education, healthcare, the economy, to name a few.

This time, it is these Republicans who have missed the boat completely.

At April 16, 2006 2:44 PM, Blogger Gilbert Martinez said...

Things don't look good for the Christian Right. The Christian Coalition is in debt and deteriorating fast; many of the voices--Reed, Robertson, etc.--are tainted and lack credibility; strong ties to DeLay (e.g. Family Research Council) are causing groups to lose credibility; Christians are getting a little tired of being used by the GOP.

This is so overtly aimed at religious divisions amidst a scandal, incompetence ridden Party that it has a huge potential to backfire. Don't expect Dems to make a huge splash until later in the summer once primaries are settled. The GOP is on the ropes and they know it. I don't give Graham much credit--his Alito theatrics is evidence of his shadiness. Rather, I think it's because he relizes that Reed is turning off many religious people and the last thing Graham wants is the exploitation of Christians by GOP operatives to be further scrutinized.


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