Monday, July 08, 2013

WEINER-SPITZER: Suddenly the Republican brand looks a lot more appealing to female voters

What was that about a "war on women"?

  • Anthony Weiner is running for NYC Mayor.
  • Anthony Weiner has an excellent chance of getting the Democratic nomination for NYC Mayor.
  • Anthony Weiner thus has a very good chance of becoming the next NYC Mayor.
  • Eliot Spitzer heard this and said Hey, maybe I can get in on this action.
  • Eliot Spitzer is thus running for office in NYC.
  • Eliot Spitzer is running for NYC Comptroller, which I believe keeps an eye out for oh, say, money laundering done to hide a government official’s payments to hookers. Just to pick a scenario at random.
  • Eliot Spitzer might still win.

But that’s not the truly funny part. Here’s the truly funny part: meet Eliot Spitzer’s Libertarian opponent.

Eliot Spitzer, the disgraced former New York governor running for New York City comptroller, is going to have a hard time getting past the prostitution scandal that brought him down five years ago.

In a twist of irony, Kristin Davis, the “Manhattan Madam” who admits she supplied Spitzer with escorts, is running as the libertarian candidate for the office Spitzer announced Sunday night he’s running for.

Oh, that’s just beautiful.

Now everyone knows the Republican brand is tarnished badly. In a brilliantly suicidal maneuver, feckless leaders like John Boehner and political prostitutes such as Karl Rove have essentially waged war on their own base.

It's gotten so bad, even Republicans won't call themselves Republicans.

This week, The Frontier Lab published the results of months of research into why some Republicans are refusing to go by the label “Republican,” choosing to identify as anything but... No matter what outreach the RNC recommends to various segmented groups, if they do not address the four insights revealed by “Switching Behavior,” their cause will be a hopeless one.

The results were fascinating; after combining the flowcharts from individuals who share conservative or moderate views and no longer will use the label “Republican” to describe themselves, we ascertained four core patterns that they had in common:

• Rejection of the “Lesser of Two Evils” argument;
• Articulation of “Loss of Hope” in the GOP;
• Affiliation with a new community, and
• Incident of perceived betrayal by the GOP establishment.

[Importantly,] patterns stemming from the realization that a “lesser of two evils” argument, put forth by the GOP to encourage support of a candidate, is no longer acceptable, is a strong indicator of future disaffiliation.

In short, if the Republican leadership ever decides to actually embrace Constitutional conservatism and Tea Party activists -- and highlights the Democrats' real war on women as represented by Obama's policies and the likes of Weiner-Spitzer -- there could be a sea-change in the electorate.

But that would require brains and energy on the part of the GOP leadership, so we know it has virtually no chance of happening.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.


Dapandico said...

I would vote for the "Madam" she knows how to budget.

vanderleun said...

Perhaps this is a bridgework too far. Perhaps, with the exception of the gay supporters, Weiner-Spitzer will be more than most voters can swallow.

Anonymous said...

The true character of the Democrat party are being exposed.

But the Republicans are not much better.

As Ted Cruz said, "I don't trust Republicans."

The Rubio/McCain, et al, Shamnesty bill was the last straw. After 6 decades of voting Republican, my new voter card with no party affiliation just arrived in the mail.