Wednesday, February 18, 2009

CQ has a nice piece on the dual stresses placed on moderate Republicans by a popular Democratic President and a powerful death cult that should be put flame by rational men Republican Study Committee. At the moment, the death cult seems to be winning, considering that every House Republican voted against the stimulus bill. What's more, when your model for a comeback candidate is a Republican who won in rural Kansas, you're not exactly looking at the median voter in the national electorate. GOP moderates have a long, tough road ahead of them.


Neil Sinhababu said...

Brother, we are going to make 'death cult that should be put to the flame by rational men' the standard epithet for these guys.

Anonymous said...

Like any proper death cult that should be put to the flame by rational men, the GOP is completely disconnected from reality - any reality, whether national or local.

Nancy Boyda spent more time making a show of insulting the DCCC and other national Dems than she did attempting to represent her district. She was a former Republican, and while the sad truth is that former Republicans is about the only way for the Kansas Democratic Party to grow, people are suspicious of party-switchers.

While Lynn Jenkins is a different sort of Republican than Jim Ryun, the real responsibility for Boyda's defeat rests squarely on her own dumb shoulders. Plus, I suspect this district is unlikely to go back to full-fledged death cult members in the future.

Neil Sinhababu said...

Yeah, I remember that thing about Boyda not taking that DCCC money. And it didn't make any sense to me then, and I guess in fact it didn't make any sense at all.