How often have I written in the past that the GOP’s ability to message effectively, and especially preemptively had to turn Democratic stomachs. After all, it was their rapid response messaging of the ACA that led to the astroturf Tea Party Revolution of 2010. They could do this because cognizant of, and familiar with the issues. They were tuned in politically.
Dear God, not anymore. It’s amazing what such a short period of time can do. 8 years of Democratic national success, followed by a 6-year slide into fascism has left the GOP as politically tone deaf as a gamboling puppy. They have bunkered up and speak only to and for their base rabid core supporters.
As a result, their political tone deafness has turned into political stupidity. Not only are they voting against issues that are popular with a majority of voters, they’re not even bothering to provide at least a sensible sounding reason for their vote. And even worse political malpractice, they’re cockily voting against issues that are made-for-TV-ready. As in political attack ads.
All 50 GOP US Senators voted yesterday against a bill that would allow Medicare to negotiate directly with drug companies on prices, and cap insulin copays at $35 a month. Senators and Democratic challengers in senior rich states like Florida and Arizona can beat the GOP to death with this. And for everybody else, they can hammer the GOP for literally blocking the Democrats from capping everybody else’s insulin copays at $35 a month. Talk about a pocketbook issue.
Since the runaway train SCOTUS overturned Roe v Wade, GOP dominated states have literally been in a feeding frenzy to outdo each other in anti-abortion laws. But last week in Kansas, at least 15% of GOP voters crossed over to vote to keep abortion protected in the state constitution. Here in Nevada, anti-abortion attack ads against GOP candidates have been flying for over a month, and as more states complete their primaries, you can look for it to start there too.
One of the GOP’s staunchest support groups is veterans. And yet, a couple of weeks ago 25 GOP Senators copped a snit and blocked passage of a law funding medical care for vets who were exposed to toxic burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. Worse, they got caught high fiving and fist bumping each over their perfidy. It took them a week of nationally covered protests to get their heads out of their asses. In high density military installation states like Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, and Texas, look for all GOP candidates to be tarred with the anti-vet brush in attack ads.
All 50 GOP US Senators voted yesterday against making uber rich shitpokes and billion dollar corporations from paying at least something approaching their fair share of taxes. Since inflation and the economy are top tier issues, look for attack ads hammering on the GOP for catering to the uber rich.
There are 3 major problems for the GOP with this. First, they have no logical sounding counter narrative for any of this, nor do they seem to care. Second, they’ve been so public and arrogant about their positions that the Democrats literally have more material than they can use for attack ads. And third, and worst of all, it isn’t just the Democrats against them anymore. Anti-Trump groups like The Lincoln Project, the very GOP strategists that used to give the Democrats night terrors, are now going to rip into the GOP like a shark through chum.
It has already been reported that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is quietly going through caucus and GOP circles, trying to dampen GOP enthusiasm and expectations for retaking the Senate in November. And for good reason, A recent Politico analysis now has the Democrats chances of retaining the Senate at 59-41%.
But I’m going to be watching The Cook Political Report. Before the first primary, their analysis showed the GOP picking up 30-45 seats. Last week, apparently based on GOP candidate quality, they downgraded that estimate to 15-30 seats. We’ll see what happens as more basically unelectable general campaign candidates emerge from GOP primaries.
Take heart, this is by no means over. having a strong, coherent message is critical to a successful campaign. But equally important is the cash to get that message out. And right now, the Democrats are killing the GOP in fundraising, thanks largely to the greed of Traitor Tot. Activate, motivate, and vote! Don’t touch that dial.