I have a fever today, but this looks more like a fever dream to me than any of the dreams I’ve been having about seals and Ricky Schroder:
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says his party is going to launch an “off the hook” public relations campaign that will update the GOP’s image by translating it to “urban-suburban hip-hop settings.”
Okay, that is just nuts. But then he goes on to joke about “one-armed midgets,” and even inadvertently compares himself to Hitler with a little machismo bragging:
Steele dismissed the assessments of some Republicans that he needs a deputy to handle areas like logistics, fundraising and candidate recruitment. “I can run this organization just fine,” he said. “There will be no deputy chairman, period. …People who said I can’t make the trains run on time never gave a reason. I say to them, ‘Stuff it.’
This joker will never win because his party will fall apart as more and more fundamentalists realize they want their worldly rewards now in the form of jobs, health care, and financial security. One thing he did say that struck me, though, was something the Dems should listen to:
“We missed the mark in the past, which is why we are in the crapper now,” he said. “We had the White House, the Senate and the House and were not building a farm team over the last years. We could have been ahead of Democrats and their 50-state strategy.”
I agree, the Dems victory and Obama’s in particular stemmed largely from an impressive, and long-term, plan of attacking all fifty states with their message. There is absolutely no reason why, say, Montana should feel their needs are not served by Democrats. And in the long term, we should want to get out to those people even if we can’t win an election this year, becauase we don’t want to lose elections in the next fifty years there because there was no short-term benefit on any given year.