One has to wonder if McCain might have done better with Pawlenty or Crist.
“The Republican Party is going to have to adhere to its principles, because they are foundational and they are important. But they need to be presented in a hopeful, optimistic, up-tempo, modern, practical way, and that’s not what we have been doing recently. We’ve become too petty and angry in many aspects. That’s unappealing to swing voters.”
–Tim Pawlenty, 02.23.09
Eric Kleefeld over at TPM analyzes some very interesting Gallup Poll data and comes to this tongue-in-cheek schaedenfreude conclusion:
A separate question in the data set showed 59% of Republicans saying the party needs to be more conservative, compared to only 12% who say the party should be less conservative. So not only is the pool of Republican voters shrinking, but the ones who remain are really nuts.
We could be seeing the emergence of a pattern common in democracies, when a ruling party is turned out of power in a landslide: The folks who are left to pick up the pieces are often the most extreme elements, and are in fact the least fit to actually clean things up. The best examples of this are probably the UK Labour Party after they were beaten by Margaret Thatcher in 1979, the Conservative Party after Tony Blair finally ousted them in 1997, and over here the Democrats when they lost in 1980 and then nominated Walter Mondale in 1984.
Hmm, can anyone say Palin/Bachmann in 2012?
The Anonymous Liberal makes an interesting point about the way the Republican Party has been acting of late:
“For my entire adult life, when it comes to election time, the Republican party has always been a well-oiled machine, with all of is various parts moving in concert to get their team elected. Disagreements are put aside until after the election. Talking points are repeated down to the syllable. All actions are taken with an eye on how they affect Dear Leader’s political prospects.
Well, folks, that machine has completely broken down.”
Check out his/her ENTIRE POST.