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The Republican base speaks
Posted by: McQ on Friday, June 01, 2007

And the answer? Fire the phone solicitors:
The Republican National Committee, hit by a grass-roots donors' rebellion over President Bush's immigration policy, has fired all 65 of its telephone solicitors, Ralph Z. Hallow will report Friday in The Washington Times.

Faced with an estimated 40 percent fall-off in small-donor contributions and aging phone-bank equipment that the RNC said would cost too much to update, Anne Hathaway, the committee's chief of staff, summoned the solicitations staff last week and told them they were out of work, effective immediately, the fired staffers told The Times.
Aging phone-bank equipment my foot, the 40% fall-off isn't from phone-bank problems, it's from a rebellious and increasingly frustrated Republican base refusing to buy into the comprehensive immigration reform clap-trap, not that the tin-eared Republican leadership is listening or anything.

I hate to bring it up but I said immigration would emerge as the biggest domestic issue in '08. Pass this over the objections of the base and I can promise the Republicans a Democratic sweep in '08.
 
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Just how can anybody really understand the immigration reform bills when the media is stuck in their 90-second spots. Even PBS which used to have those roundtable discussions with member of both parties seems more comfortable have Bill Moyers do their work.

The only issue, not ever really discussed to a proper level other that immigration, is the state for laws and FCC rules governing the reshaping of the commercial television broadcast spectrum. How many people know when federal law proscribes the ending of standard NTSC broadcasts that have been used for over 40 years ? (answer: Congress has established February 17, 2009 as the deadline for the end of the DTV transition, when full-power stations must cease analog transmissions.)
 
Written By: Neo
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Hey, maybe the RNC can get 12 million of their new buddies to kick in some money.
 
Written By: Radical Centrist
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"How many people know when federal law proscribes the ending of standard NTSC broadcasts that have been used for over 40 years ?"
The correct answer is: Who cares because I’ll be getting my government grant so I can convert my TV over to the new signal type. Just another stellar example of the government creating jobs. Next week they are going to send out federal agents to burn down select buildings in order to boost the lagging construction industry.
 
Written By: Grimshaw
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"Frustrated" doesn’t even begin to describe it, Bruce. I’m done with Bush. I’ve quietly taken enough of his crap for too long. Enough, let the Lefties have at ’im.
 
Written By: John
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Next week they are going to send out federal agents to burn down select buildings in order to boost the lagging construction industry.
See, I could totally get into that...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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"Frustrated" doesn’t even begin to describe it, Bruce. I’m done with Bush. I’ve quietly taken enough of his crap for too long. Enough, let the Lefties have at ’im.
I believe the folks at the Corner call that "Bush Estrangement Syndrome".
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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I believe the folks at the Corner call that "Bush Estrangement Syndrome".
*groan*

How long have you been waiting to use that horrible, horrible pun?
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Not for nothing the 40% decline didn’t just happen in the last week or so, since the immigration compromise was published.

Maybe the drop-off is because well, the Republicans aren’t in power, and haven’t really announced a strategy for returning to power. Or what they would do once back in power.

Also a lot of people may not believe in the campaign for President starting so early.

Personally, I’m waiting to see who looks likely to get the nomination before I give much of my money to anyone.
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
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How long have you been waiting to use that horrible, horrible pun?
Just a couple of days. Given the immigration debate, I knew I wouldn’t have to wait long.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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But, Keith, what do you make of statements like this one from a fired employee quoted in the linked article?
"Everyone donor in 50 states we reached has been angry, especially in the last month and a half, and for 99 percent of them immigration is the No. 1 issue," said the former employee.
And how about Noonan’s Opinion Journal piece? It seems in line with what I’m seeing on conservative blogs and among conservative columnists I read.

Bush has lost his mojo bigtime. The party will suffer until leadership emerges to take things back in the direction that the base wants to go.
 
Written By: Linda Morgan
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Those buildings to be burned? They’ll probably be the residences of those who had the temerity to tell the RNC’s telemarketers to f*ck off. At least the paleo-libertarians will be happy with the new open borders (you really didn’t think the border enforcement provisions were anything that would ever come to pass? chuckle). And it just might kill the welfare state once and for all, but will be a bloody death, I’m afraid.
 
Written By: RRRoark
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Did Bush ever have any mojo? I mean, seriously? I’ve often found myself supporting his policies and decisions but never because he had anything remotely resembling mojo. He’s got to be about the most mojo-less president in my lifetime.

But if the RNC decides that it’s a lack of Bush mojo that’s causing them problems they are so going to tank in ’08.

I’d much prefer that they shaped up instead.

(And I suspect that "No.1 issue" really means "the straw that broke the camel’s back.")
 
Written By: Synova
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He’s got to be about the most mojo-less president in my lifetime.
I take it you were not alive when Jimmy Carter was president.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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"The Republican National Committee, hit by a grass-roots donors’ rebellion over President Bush’s immigration policy, has fired all 65 of its telephone solicitors,"

Congratulations to Ms. Hathaway on her receipt of the "Recruiter of the Month" award from the Democratic party.

"Not for nothing the 40% decline didn’t just happen in the last week or so,..."

Probably not. This may just have been "the straw that broke the camel’s back". The Republican rank and file are amazingly tolerant, but enough is enough, particularly when they are insulted on top of all the other things.
 
Written By: timactual
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Oh, I think Carter had more mojo, depending on how one defines it I suppose. I was, um, not all that aware of the world at that time but I got the idea that for the largest part what little mojo he had went south quite a bit afterward. It just keeps getting worse.

And I’m including Ford who really had no mojo either.

Reagan and Clinton were persuasive, each of them.

I think Nixon probably had a fair amount.

But Bush... people did rally to him because of 9-11 and I do believe, overall, that he’s been about as wise as can be expected and I’m still thanking and praising God that Gore wasn’t president, but... if he got support it was because of external factors or because he really was doing the right thing. He just isn’t persuasive in any fashion. Maybe in person, I’ve heard rumors, but not beyond that. It seems to me that he got the nomination in the first place mostly because he was too bland to get too much negative attention during the primaries.

Unless people are using mojo to mean some external thing but I tend to think of it as an internal quality.
 
Written By: Synova
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Synova:
Did Bush ever have any mojo? I mean, seriously? I’ve often found myself supporting his policies and decisions but never because he had anything remotely resembling mojo.
I liked Bush. Maybe it wasn’t mojo, but there was a certain cowboy something that made all his “compassionate” stuff sound kind of folksy and charming on the stump. I guess a little Texas twang and a bit of wisdom won in wildness go a long way in my book. He certainly seemed sincere - for a politician, I mean.

That being said, I ended up really disliking just about everything he did that didn’t involve loosing America’s might on our terrorist attackers. “No child left behind” legislation and Medicare drug entitlements – way too much more government in the already groaning works. The Miers nomination will ever stand out in my mind as the point at which I began seriously to doubt the guy’s judgment. Not to mention his overall aptitude.

But it was Bush’s summary, expiatory sacrifice of Rumsfeld last November that first caused me to realize there really was much less to his character than I’d imagined. That seems now almost a foreshadowing of this current debacle, where he sees fit, in his bid for legacy, to accuse his longsuffering core supporters of racism and to dismiss them out of hand like so much cheaply replaceable hired help.
But if the RNC decides that it’s a lack of Bush mojo that’s causing them problems they are so going to tank in ’08.

I’d much prefer that they shaped up instead.
Defying Bush and derailing the immigration bill could be their salvation.
(And I suspect that "No.1 issue" really means "the straw that broke the camel’s back.")
The repudiation of their love of country and of fellow man may well be that straw, but the demand for immigration – really, border — control may now, of itself, be for many conservatives the hill to die on.
 
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