Saturday, June 28, 2008

Politico: Republicans told not to run as Republicans

After 3 special election losses in what had been heavily Republican districts, the Republicans have concluded that their brand is so badly damaged they are now advising their candidates to not mention they're Republicans. How sad is that? With all the running to the middle Joe Knollenberg is doing lately, trying to avoid Joe Knollenberg's hard right voting record, it looks like Joe's campaign is following the new Republican playbook.

GOP reps. advised to avoid party brand
Mike Allen
June 27, 2008 05:20 PM EST

A new playbook for House Republicans urges them to run essentially as independents, showing empathy for voters, emphasizing local issues and ignoring many traditional party campaign practices.

The advice for House candidates is part of an effort to minimize Republican losses in a year when voters are exasperated by the economy, the
Iraq war and President Bush:

“Encourage Republican candidates to establish themselves in a personal manner, emphasizing local issues whenever possible.”

“Candidates have to have a positive alternative vis-à-vis their Democratic opponents.”

“Work to develop an issues matrix that is different than in years past and also shows a deep empathy towards the voters.”

The advice, from consultants to the National Republican Congressional Committee, was presented this week to House leaders, including NRCC Chairman Tom Cole (R-Okla.).

The assessment is contained in a 15-point PowerPoint presentation provided to Politico and first reported by David Espo of The Associated Press.

The review was an effort to distill lessons learned from unexpectedly deep Republican losses in special elections in
Illinois, Louisiana and Mississippi.

The assessment was provided by the NRCC Audit Committee, formed at the behest of House Republican leader John A. Boehner of

The review found that the losing Republicans failed to successfully establish “themselves and their local brand in contrast to the negative perception of the national GOP.”

“Traditional Republican messages essentially did not work in these campaigns,” the analysis says. “Nationalizing these elections as a choice between a traditional Republican and a traditional Democrat did not work in this political environment.

“Democrats ran candidates that were a reflection of their districts.”

1 comment:

MIKE said...

Does anyone notice the metaphores used by the Republicans? Brand -selling - product!! We often her commentators use sports metaphores but only recently have i heard or read a profusion of business metaphores, especially when referring to a political party. I believe it is how they think in terms of politics and government - that is business. And that is why they fail so miserably running a government. Businesses are not democratic institutions. Government should not be run like a business. That mentality has cost us dearly since Ronald Reagan.