2 comments May 22nd, 2008at 07:48am Posted by Eli

Heh heh heh…

Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.) is and will remain the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, but House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) demonstrated this morning at a Conference meeting who’s really in charge by announcing a series of changes designed to shake up the campaign arm in the wake of three special election losses in the span of two months (and a financial scandal).

Democratic victories in Mississippi, Louisiana and Illinois special elections had prompted many in the GOP to call for Cole’s head or, short of that, for the leadership to make wholesale changes at the committee. After several “frank” meetings with Cole, Boehner announced this morning that:


* There will be an “audit” of the three special election losses conducted by two as-yet-unnamed Republican lawmakers, designed to figure out what went wrong and how to avoid repeating those mistakes in the future. This could be an embarrassing exercise for Cole and his top staff, but they agreed to it, likely because they didn’t have a choice.

Recommendation 1: Do not have a destructive idiot of the same party affiliation as president.

Recommendation 2: If you absolutely must have a destructive idiot of the same party affiliation as president, do not give him everything he wants.

Recommendation 3: Try to convince everyone that the destructive idiot is absolutely nothing to do with you, and just some sort of rogue “bad apple.”  Try not to be seen in public or otherwise associated with him.

The GOP’s problem is not strategy and tactics, it’s the field of play itself.  No matter what they do, voters will remember who got us into this mess.  One of the best indicators was when Lincoln Chafee got voted out despite being an antiwar moderate and having a fairly high approval rating.  He lost simply because he was a Republican.  There’s going to be a lot of that this year, and I can’t wait.

(h/t dakine)

Entry Filed under: Bush,Elections,Politics,Republicans


  • 1. Cujo359  |  May 22nd, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Having failed to implement Recommendations 1 and 2, they’re working as hard as they can on 3. It’s not going very well.

    Guess it’s my turn to state the obvious.

  • 2. Eli  |  May 22nd, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Well, there’s kind of a paper trail. And I think most people are vaguely aware of which party it was that thought that war and deregulation were really swell ideas.

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