Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Welp, that didn't take long. Just got an email from Michel Steele, chairman of the RNC, reacting to the Arlen Specter news (see previous post). Of course it is primarily motivated by fund-raising desires; as with any political organization, the RNC is well aware that wallets will open more easily when people are aroused by a hot-button issue, especially presented as breaking news.

I have to wonder, though, why it is in the face of obvious trends that Chairman Steele thinks the best thing to do is to continue preying on the worst part of far right-wing paranoia? Check out the graphic that was embedded in the email:

RNC hysteria

This is the sort of thing that I'd say would be plausible right before Election Day, to rally turnout, but right now? No. It's stupid. If you've got one of your Senators leaving your party, the lesson that should be learned is that this endless appeal to the extremist wing is backfiring. What the Republicans ought to be working on now, a year and a half away from the next national election, is broadening their appeal.

But hey, I'm not gonna cry too hard about the GOP driving themselves into utter irrelevance as long as they care only about appealing to the wingnuts. Good riddance.

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