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Sniffing out the Republican strategy for November
Posted by: McQ on Friday, September 15, 2006

Well, not the entire strategy which, if you look closely has a large serving of "you'd trust them with national security" on the plate (and, naturally, Democrats are cooperating in the Republican characterization of a party which can't be trusted with that issue). Nope, just a part of it. Call it the "put them on the record" strategy:
Speaker of the House J.Dennis Hastert (R-IL) today issued the following statement after passage of H.R. 6061, Secure Fence Act of 2006. The bill passed 283-138-1 with 131 Democrats voting against the measure.

"Every year, nearly one million illegal immigrants cross into America. This is a clear threat to our safety. Some of these people are coming for work, but countless others are drug dealers, gang members and some are even terrorists. That is why building this fence is common sense. And if we build the fence, it will be harder for them to come here illegally.

"It should concern the American people that 131 Democrats voted against creating this security fence along our southern border. They don't want border security; instead they would rather jeopardize our national security and put Americans at risk.

"House Republicans have already dedicated billions of dollars for border security in our appropriations bills, but it is clear that more action is necessary. Our chairmen told us their recommendations on Tuesday. We took their recommendations and didn't waste a minute. The House Republican Leadership has a border security package that we will move through the House quickly."
Certainly this is a part of the "you'd trust them with national security?" strategy, but it also appears to be a part of ensuring there is a record to which Republicans can point which will differentiate them enough from their Democrat opponents in House races. Suddenly 131 Democrats are cast as being against what many polls say is an overwhelmingly popular belief that we should secure our southern border. Whether you agree or disagree with the legislation, and that's obviously arguable, it is smart politics.

Look for more quick legislation in the House addressing other issues which Reps believe will give them an advantage by putting Dems on record. Whether it goes anywhere is really irrelevant in these last 50 days before the election.
 
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Is that one of Nancy Pelosi’s new pamphlets in your pocket, or are you just excited to see her?
 
Written By: Neo
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Uh isn’t the Republican strategy to depress the voter tun-out, defraud the voter, defenstrate the electoral process, as usual? Certainly thta’s what MY decoder ring keeps decoding the Emperor’s messages as.....
 
Written By: Joe
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GOP strategy is to give the appearance of more terror-mongering. The press likes it. The suckers eat it up. The real strategy is 1000 well run little conspiracies all over America making sure, one race at a time, that enough elections are stolen in keep power and save face.
 
Written By: Sean Leprechaun
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GOP strategy is to give the appearance of more terror-mongering. The press likes it. The suckers eat it up. The real strategy is 1000 well run little conspiracies all over America making sure, one race at a time, that enough elections are stolen in keep power and save face.
You forgot to mention Halliburton!
 
Written By: Jordan
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Jordan also no mention of Karl Rove..........
 
Written By: Joe
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I won’t even bother looking at the details of the vote, but I’d bet dollars to donuts that the 131 dems voting no represent the bluest of the blue districts... which means that in the contested races, we’ll see that the dem voted in favor of this particular bill... neutralizing any advantage the GOP hoped for in forcing through this vote.

voters in swing districts (the only ones that matter) who would otherwise stay home or vote for the democrat are not now going to show up and vote republican to send a message to the 131 dems from somewhere else in america who voted against this bill. the people who care about which party controls congress have already made up their minds about who to vote for.

Hey, I give the GOP credit for not folding their tent at this late stage, for trying to do something to keep control. But they and their kool-aid drinking followers are crazy if they think these show votes are going to do much of anything to change the outcome of the fall elections. hastert can schedule as many of these votes - on immigration, on tribunals for terrorists, on whatever - as he wants and it won’t matter as the dems in the swing districts will simply go and vote in whatever direction the wind of public sentiment is blowing.

control of congress is going to be decided on the basis of issues over which congress has relatively no control, like gas prices or how things are going in Iraq and in the fight against terrorists. as much as they might not like to admit it, congressional republicans have no ability to drive the debate, they’re just going along for the ride.
 
Written By: steve sturm
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"congressional republicans have no ability to drive the debate, they’re just going along for the ride."
On a day when the front pages are screaming about Republicans standing up to President Bush this is just silly.
I think our clue is:
"...their kool-aid drinking followers..."
Otherwise, a very good post. Partisanship sometime affects reason. [Duh.]


 
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