Republicans Set To Go Nuclear
by Chris Bowers, Tue Sep 26, 2006 at 08:08:29 AM EDT
- Patrick Murphy wants to let 68 million illegal immigrants into the country
- Patrick Murphy will give Medicare benefits to "illegals"
- Patrick Murphy will give full in-state college tuition to "illegals"
- Patrick Murphy wants to dissolve the Patriot Act, making it easier for terrorists to attack our country.
What is happening, however, is that once again Democrats are shocked at just how vicious Republican attacks are going to be. A source told me that the Murphy campaign received several phone calls from supporters about this poll, because people were shocked at how awful the questions were. Well, in my experience, they might actually be getting off easy. In 2004, Ginny Schrader and Lois Murphy were accused of raping young women in Afghanistan in the final NRCC ads (as were several other Democratic challengers that year). I remember when that ad first went on the air against Ginny Schrader, my current girlfriend (we weren't dating at the time) called me up immediately after she saw it because she thought it was unbelievably offensive. In fact, I believe her exact phrasing was she had "just seen the most offensive ad of her life, and it was against Ginny Schrader."
That is what I believe is happening here. Murphy supporters were polled and given a sample of the NRCC's nuclear messaging for this cycle. Once again, we are shocked and taken aback by just how vicious the messaging is. By this point, however, we should not be shocked. This is simply standard operating procedure for Republicans, just like suppressing the minority vote. Too often, liberals and progressives, who dream of clean, uncorrupted elections based entirely on policy, are not prepared to answer--much less pre-empt--Republican attacks in kind. I have written before about the lack of stomach to win on the left, and that we are repeatedly shocked by Republican attacks in demonstrative of that continuing trend.
President Clinton has won the news cycle for us over the past couple of days. His toughness in standing up to Faux News by launching an articulate counter-attack against any further slanted questions remains the number one political story in the country. Now we are on the attack, and Republicans are decidedly on the defensive. This happened because President Clinton did not respond to attacks against him, and instead launched an attack of his own. This is what we have to be ready to do in every campaign across the country. We can't fool ourselves into thinking that Republicans won't get much nastier than they have so far. We have to be ready to get much tougher than we have been so far. If you aren't willing to do that, then take an anti-acid, and volunteer in a way that does not put you on the front lines. This is going to get mean.