April 10, 2007

New York Times and the Republican meltdown

In its attempt to paint the direst of scenarios for Republicans in '08, the New York Times interviews moderate Repubs and turns the doom and gloom knob up to 11.

WASHINGTON, April 10 — Republican leaders across the country say they are growing increasingly anxious about their party’s chances of holding the White House, citing public dissatisfaction with President Bush, the political fallout from the war in Iraq and the problems their leading presidential candidates are having generating enthusiasm among conservative voters.

Some other snippets:

-"party leaders expressed worry"
-"signs of despondency among party members"
-“My level of concern and dismay is very, very high,” said Mickey Edwards.
-"I just don’t know how they can run hard enough or fast enough to escape the gravitational pull of the Bush administration"
-“We don’t have any candidates in the field now who are compelling,” Mr. Edwards said, adding: “It’s going to be a tough year for us.”
-"The Republicans made their comments a day before Senator John McCain of Arizona, once the party’s presumed front-runner, is to give a speech intended to revitalize his troubled candidacy.
-evidence of Republican despair
-"“I would say a lot of people are not turned on because they don’t see a lot of bright spots out there,”
-widespread apprehension
-“Right now, our enemy is ourselves.”
-notes of optimism did not erase the overall anxiety pervading the interviews
-“It’s a dying administration,” Mr. Steele said. “There’s a fatigue factor and there’s a rubbing-off when it’s not very smart to be closely associated with such low ratings.”
-Republican malaise

Funny, Adam Nagourney, one of the authors of the piece, was accused of bein all doomy and gloomy on Dems in '04.


Blogger barista grazioso said...

The only apprehension I'm feeling is that FT win's by 60 instead of 55. THAT's my only apprehension.

What's that old nursery rhyme about the paranoid animals and the sky falling?? Hm...

Thu Apr 12, 01:02:00 AM  
Blogger Myra Langerhas said...

Ohhhh bg, we are in good shape, barista. Don't fall victim to one of my main weaknesses and thnk too much. ;)

Thu Apr 12, 01:19:00 AM  
Blogger barista grazioso said...

myra! You'll be excited about this. My fave radio jock who's met W and got me my personalized signed copy of Godless from AC?? We were emailing yesterday, and we're going to get together for lunch and start strategizing for FT's campaign here in the Northwest. How freakin' cool is that??!! I'm so geared up.

Thu Apr 12, 09:31:00 AM  
Blogger Myra Langerhas said...

That is GREAT, bg. Keep me apprised. I have put out some feelers for the NY campaign. Obviously, Republican sentiment here skews Giuliani.

Run Fred, run.

Thu Apr 12, 07:40:00 PM  
Blogger barista grazioso said...

Absolutely I will. I'm looking forward to this race moreso than I was in '04. I believe FT is going to wipe the floor with the libtards, and do it in a very classy way.

His acting ability is definitely going to help.

Sun Apr 15, 01:34:00 AM  

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