The Establishment GOP was positively delighted with their ability to keep elderly ineffectual moderates like Thad Cochran, Pat Roberts, and Mitch McConnell as senate candidates, and fend off challenges by younger, more spirited and idealistic candidates who excited the base but angered the Republican Party’s masters at the US Chamber of Commerce by threatening to reform the system of deficit-fed crony capitalism the Chamber enjoys. And if the GOP had to smear those who favored fiscal responsibility and Government reform as racist in order to drag the fetid carcasses of their preferred establishment candidates over the finish line, so be it.
The GOP strategy is failing. Not only are none of the swing states tacking the GOP’s way, but the senate seat in Kansas is in trouble. The GOP … following the advice of its consultants and the edicts of its masters … is avoiding taking a position on anything. The GOP’s entire 2014 campaign strategy is “Obama sucks so vote for us.”
The Democrats, meanwhile, are openly embracing and firing up their far left base and turning the ‘War on Women’ rhetoric up to 11.
After a generation of campaigns in which Republicans exploited wedge issues to win close elections, Democrats are now on the offensive in the culture wars.
Democrats see social issues as potent for the same reasons Republicans once did, using them as a tool to both stoke concerns among moderate voters, especially women, and motivate their base.
And the GOP under the “leadership” of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner stands for nothing but attacking its fiscally conservative base. The only Republicans who excite the base are people like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul; and they are under constant attack by the dull-witted fossils in the GOP Establishment.