Look Who's Campaigning Negatively Now -- MI GOP Mailer

Thanks again to friends in Michigan, I've got scans that prove the Michigan Republican Party is sending out mailers that make it sound like the state is crumbling because of Gov. Granholm. Truth is they don't do much more than note the state's troubled economy and try to lay the blame at her feet.

To see the images and hear more on just how pathetic this is, click below.

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Microcosms for Change

I was at a BBQ the other day, and the conversation, as it often does, circled around to politics. After we talked about Lamont, the midterms, etc, someone said:

"Well, in San Francisco, we live in a bit of a bubble. It's hard to tell what's going on in the rest of the country." This woman piped up and said "Well, actually, my entire Michigan family has voted Republican forever. Of my eight immediate family members who voted Republican in 2002, only one voted Republican in 2004. And now, not only are they not voting Republican, but they're rabidly anti-Republican. In their small, conservative town, they've formed a group to help unseat the GOP. There's only 13 members, but they're plugging away. I swear, everytime I see them, all they talk about is defeating the bastards. They're all old school Republicans, against abortion but pro-choice, fiscally conservative, Christians. But Bush pushed them too far."

When I hear stories like that, I think how brilliant Howard Dean's every state strategy is. 13 people in some small town who can be formed into a political force that never existed before. Mainstream Democrats don't realize the tidal wave that's forming. Lieberman was the first Dem to be swept into the tide. Like the Republican "revolution" of the '80s, there is an ache for change in people you wouldn't normally identify as Democrats. I'll never forget Neil Young saying he voted for Reagan. He said he responded to the positivity and forcefulness of Reagan. Democrats who can woo the equivalent in the Republican party, people looking for leadership without regard to party, will be the politicians who ride this wave.

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Milbank, Dionne: Things Look Really Bad For GOP

From today's Milbank column:

He spoke of his party affiliation as though it were a congenital defect rather than a choice. "It's an impediment. It's a hurdle I have to overcome," he said. "I've got an 'R' here, a scarlet letter."

That left the candidate in a difficult spot. "For me to pretend I'm not a Republican would be a lie," he reasoned. But to run as a proud Republican? "That's going to be tough, it's going to be tough to do," he said. "If this race is about Republicans and Democrats, I lose."

From E. J. Dionne's column today:

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Thomas Mann Predicts Dem Takeover of House

There's probably no way congressional Republicans can lose this fall, no matter how unpopular President Bush is or how unhappy the voters are with the war in Iraq. That's the prevailing view in Washington today.

But it's wrong.

That's how Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institute begins a pursuasive argument for the Dems' chances this November which first appeared in the Post on July 16.  

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Karl Rove

Does anyone else think the Republicans know they have nothing beneficial to offer the country and worse, that they readily acknowledge that they only intend to govern for their core supporters and no one else?

After reading the Sunday Post piece on Karl Rove, it seems apparent that they have nothing but clever slogans and prepaid voting machines.  The story noted that Rove's strategy for the midterm elections is to make the election a choice between the philosophies of the two parties, especially on national security, rather than a referendum on Bush's performance.

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