Saturday, June 28, 2008

Republicans have to be told in memo: Empathize with Voters

Oh, my god. Republicans actually had to write a memo to their candidates to remember to empathize with voters, feel their pain.

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.”

Friday, June 27, 2008

Some Personal Stories - Why Health Care Matters

Here are some personal stories about health care and why it matters that we have universal health care for all Americans.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Why would anyone trust Joe Knollenberg on energy plan?

Ah, the good old days. When George W. Bush took office the price of gas was $1.70. Why in the world does Joe Knollenberg think we'll trust him and his constant companion, George W. Bush on a real energy policy to bring down prices now? I will admit, the Republican "energy plan" has been good for Bush's buddies in the oil industry and has produced record profits.
This is a quote from George W. Bush in 2001.
"I worry about the fact that hard working people are paying high prices at the pump; it concerns me a lot," the president said recently. "I also say we need to build more refining capacity. We need more supply." Isn't that the same thing he said last week? Sounds to me like Joe Knollenberg and George W. Bush need some new material.

Driving into Debt?
May 23, 2001

Traveling by car these days will cost you more this summer-- at least $1.70 a gallon for gas. That's the average price at the pump this month, up 13 percent from just a year ago.

An estimated 30 million drivers will hit the road for Memorial Day weekend. If each one buys just a gallon of gas, they'll have spent about 51 million bucks. Click here for the rest of the article.