It is amusing how many people in my circle who delighted in the Democrats’ triumph last fall (and thus would not seem to have any interest in a Republican revival) have been telling me just what the GOP needs do to remain viable. And from what I’ve read on the web, they’re not alone. Other lefties lately smug in Obama’s triumph dispense reams of advice to the GOP.
They tell me the GOP can’t win if it remains the party of “No,” yet are at pains to remember what exactly the Democrats stood for in 2006 when they won congressional majorities. (And many of them can’t really identify what Obama stood for beyond Hope and Change. Oh, and yeah, and that he wasn’t George W. Bush.)
Well, perhaps these Democrats (and assorted leftists) should dispense some advice to the Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia. Although he’s been Governor of the Garden State for nearly four years, Democrat Jim Corzine prefers to run against George W. Bush who’s been out of office for nearly nine months:
A cruise through the Corzine campaign Web site shows press releases referring to [Republican challenger Chris] Christie as “Bush Republican Chris Christie.” One of many Bush-themed ads carries this tag-line: “Chris Christie—the same Bush policies that got us into this mess.” And at a Corzine rally this past weekend, the Press of Atlantic City reports former Vice President Al Gore revving up the crowd with attacks suggesting that Mr. Christie represents “the George Bush wing of the Republican Party.”
Attack, attack, attack seems to be the Demorats’ New Jersey mantra. And it’s pretty much the same in old Virginia. Weighing in on both races, Jim Geraghty offers:
. . . the two Democrats running for governor this year, Jon Corzine in New Jersey and Creigh Deeds in Virginia, have run almost entirely negative campaigns since the primaries ended. Complaints from the usual mainstream-media suspects aren’t completely missing, but they seem pretty quiet this year.