The Republican Circular Firing Squad - Page 2
Insiders on both sides agree that the R party is putting up more than a few odd ducks this mid-term election cycle, like Sharron Angle in Nevada and the aforementioned Paul and O’Donnell. But there are also a number of down market whack jobs, like Colorado’s Dan Maes and Carl Paladino in New York. Beyond that, there are candidates like Marco Rubio, Meg Whitman and Linda McMahon, who — while not utterly nutty — are way far right of the American mainstream.
Thinkers on both sides agree that a Republican slate of mainstream candidates would virtually guarantee taking over the House and have a good shot at the Senate. Both agree that tossing in a few dozen loudmouth nutbags makes it less likely Republicans will take over.
Even the nutbags probably agree. For some time now, candidates like Paul and Angle have been doing their best to stay out of the public eye. Apparently, they’ve both realized they’re more attractive in the abstract than in the spotlight. Neither believes in Social Security or the Department of Education. Paul famously came out against civil rights law, and Angle stepped in it when she implied she’s for armed insurrection if people like her aren’t elected. They are hoping they can lay low and voters will forget what they stand for. And there is some evidence that it’s working.
What's the bottom line? The Democrats see an opening that may allow them to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat – or at least to dodge major losses. For the first time in months they are smiling. Republicans are split on whether or not appealing to an older, whiter and more far right base will energize the party, or doom it. The current operational strategy relies on keeping the oddballs out of the spotlight and hoping that no one notices those giant zits on their noses. It just might work.