Are Republicans making the same mistakes as Democrats?

Hear me out. A year and a half ago the Democratic party seemed to swing very far to the left. They weren’t able to perform under that left agenda. They compromised from here to eternity, made a mess of the healthcare bill they barely passed, and do little but point fingers at those who stand in their way.

There’s a darn good chance Republicans are about to make the very same mistake. By pushing to the right of the political spectrum, they are putting candidates through the primaries that even if they get elected, won’t be able to lead.

The majority of voters are in the center of the distribution. They choose the candidate closest to their position.

Karl Rove was red in the face last night on Hannity for a reason.

UPDATE: Wait a minute! That means (following my own logic) that Scott Walker, the Republican endorsed candidate, was indeed the better choice last night. Mark Neumann was the true conservative in the race – further to the right on the spectrum.

What remains to be seen is whether or not Tom Barrett represents the center voters better than Walker.

With that last thought, I’d expect these candidates to move to the center sooner rather than later. In fact, Barrett’s “put Madison on a diet” has already done just that.


  1. Randy in Richmond says:

    Mr. Rove indirectly aided candidate O’Donnell more than he ever thought he would. Just today, she has received over $750,000 in contributions through her website. I just wish he had once attacked a Democrat as much as he did a Republican last night.

  2. Mr. Rove does like the party to play by his rules.

  3. Randy in Richmond says:

    My sense is there is more to this Rove/O’Donnell issue then we now know. I think his criticism of her on the Hannity Show was way out of character for any seasoned politico. But she has handled it well. I predict she will become Palin#2, in how the media will be attacking and trashing her, in the next few weeks. The experts give her no chance of winning in Delaware and the MSM know the importance of the seat. An interesting aside to this race is that the winner will (can) be seated immediately after election day and if she wins the Democrats would lose their 60 seat filibuster proof margin. This would assure that the lame-duck Congress could not pass any of Obama’s pending or proposed legislation, as will likely be the case after January 1st.

  4. Didn’t the Democrats lose their filibuster proof majority with the election of Scott Brown?

  5. I thought so, too. But Mr. Brown has proved unpredictable, and the Maine gals keep Republicans constantly unhappy.

  6. Did any one of the three break rank and vote for health care reform?

  7. Dan – if I remember correctly the final vote is no. Brown wasn’t there for the vote to let the question move through, but maybe the Maine duo did? I’d have to research it.

  8. Randy in Richmond says:

    Brown couldn’t have broke rank because he hadn’t been elected yet. Obamacare passed on a straight party vote. And yes, O’Connell would give the Republicans a vote to play with considering the Maine girls and Brown on bills like Cap & Trade and Card Check, among others.

  9. You’re right, Randy. I misspoke. I should have asked: Did either one of the Maine gals break rank and vote for health care reform?

    The Democrats had a filibuster proof majority prior to Brown’s election to the Senate. That’s what enabled them to pass healthcare.

    For the Democrats to pass a major piece of legislation during the upcoming lame-duck session requires that at least one Republican breaks rank. As long as all Republicans vote nay, nothing gets passed.

    Some on the right are fearful that Democrats will ram legislation through during the lame-duck session. But without a filibuster proof majority, or, a Republican or two breaking rank, I don’t see how that’s possible.

  10. dan, I think the concern is those two from Maine. Yes, all is well if the party holds together. I just don’t see that happening, but I only run about 50% with the crystal ball viewing.

  11. How soon you all forget that HCR was passed under reconciliation rules in the senate, requiring a simple majority vote.

  12. Lorax, yes, it slid through. But the main vote will always be for me the crossover vote.

  13. Crossover vote? I’m confused.

  14. I’m just messin’ with him Lorax.

  15. Randy in Richmond says:

    The original Health Care Bill passed on December 24, 2009 was not on a reconciliation vote. It was a party line vote of 60-39, with Sen. Bunning(R) not voting.

    It was only after Scott Brown’s election to the Senate in early 2010 did the Democrats resort to the hocus pocus needed to pass their bill with it’s fixes and special interest add-ons. The vote was 56-43 with no Republicans voting for the bill. Had Brown been there for the first regular vote HC might never have happened. And an aside here–that reconciliation vote will one day come back to haunt the Democrats.

    And Cindy, we now need to add two more names to the exception list with the girls and Brown, those being Voinovich and LeMieux who voted for the $30 billion small business bill yesterday.

  16. Your side is going to choke after this long, protracted purity kick. Even Cindy senses it.

    Interesting that the two republicans who voted their conscious were the ones who will be out the door very soon.

    I actually have a lot of respect for people like Collins, Snowe, and Voinovich. Throw Dick Lugar in there too. They don’t waste our time bullshitting us with party orthodoxy. BUt as a reward, they’ll get teabagged.

  17. Randy in Richmond says:

    Whether the two Senators voted their conscious’ or not, only they know. What you really mean is they voted your conscious.

  18. I haven’t taken a position on the Small Biz bill. Try again next time. Clearly they voted their conscious because the whipping on votes, and particularly these votes that could be seen as good for dems, is intense.

    You don’t slap your leader in the face unless you’ve got a good reason. It wasn’t merely on a whim.