Bloomberg reports today that Congressional Republicans may actually try to get beyond the theocrats’ iron grip on their party.
California Representative Kevin McCarthy, the chief recruiter for House Republicans, said he wants his party to select candidates based less on ideology and more on their chances of winning. The goal, he said, is to seek out prospects who are ethnically diverse, female, less partisan and even supportive of abortion rights. So far, these efforts are more concept than reality. …
…“Have you read ‘The Thumpin’?” McCarthy, 44, asked, citing a book about Emanuel’s brass-knuckles approach to winning control of the House for Democrats in 2006. “This isn’t original thought.”
In the 2006 election, Emanuel, 49, recruited anti- abortion, pro-gun candidates such as Brad Ellsworth, 50, a sheriff in Indiana, and Heath Shuler, 37, a former NFL quarterback, in North Carolina. The premise: identify candidates whose views best mirror those of their districts’ constituents rather than Democratic Party orthodoxy.
The only way Democrats are in trouble in 2010 (given today’s landscape) is if the GOP resists continuing on as the Scopes Monkey Party.
Most Americans don’t spend their days obsessing over imposing Christian shari’a law on their neighbors, abortion and whether there’s a run on 7.62 mm down at the local gun store.