The Republican circular firing squad was out in force on Capitol Hill yesterday. Rep. Tom Davis, former chairman of the RCCC sent out a memo after they lost a solid Republican seat in Mississippi.
“They are canaries in the coal mine, warning of far greater losses in the fall, if steps are not taken to remedy the current climate,” Mr. Davis said in a memorandum. “The political atmosphere facing House Republicans this November is the worst since Watergate and is far more toxic than it was in 2006.”
The result in Mississippi, and what Republicans said was a surge in African-American turnout, suggested that Mr. Obama might have the effect of putting into play Southern seats that were once solidly Republican, rather than dragging down Democratic candidates.
Much of the talk was about the “Republican brand” being damaged beyond the possibility of repair by November. It’s like a toy company with a defective product. What do you do? Tom Cole, the new RCCC chair doesn’t have a clue, “When you lose three of these in a row you have to get beyond campaign tactics and take a hard look and ask if there is something wrong with your product.”
What we are witnessing is a once in a generation sea change election. This Neoconservative gospel was proclaimed by Irving Kristol in The Public Interest in 1965.
- In domestic affairs the national government should shrink (by cutting taxes on the wealthy and business regulations)
- In foreign affairs the government should grow (by becoming the world’s sole military superpower).
The contradictory themes of cutting taxes and growing military spending led to only one solution, giant deficits financed by foreign governments. The Republican party is about the reap the whirlwind of what they started sowing in 1981.