Friday, October 16, 2009

GOP Chair Says They Will Re-Run Same Theme Vs Matheson


The top man for the Republican party is already setting his sights on next year's election. Michael Steele, chair of the national Republican Party, spoke to Utahns Friday and said they should target Congressman Jim Matheson, in particular.

Matheson's seat in Congress has long been a thorn in the side of Utah Republicans and is symbolic of frustration among the party faithful right now. But some of that frustration is with the GOP itself--what Steele calls "a work in progress."

At a town hall meeting, Steele went to the heart of the matter when it comes to Matheson. The campaign theme expected next year, he said, is: A vote to re-elect Matheson is like a vote for liberal Nancy Pelosi.

Funny, seems like they ran that same pitch from the GOP in 2006 and 2008. Remind me again how that worked for ya?



Jesse Harris said...

Well gee, it worked so well the first two times...

Stina said...

It is such an inside baseball argument. Most people don't even know who Nancy Pelosi is. And the news that Matheson is a Democrat who votes for a Democrat for Speaker is not news. Sure, if the GOP could find 30 Blue Dogs to run from their party and elect a different speaker (and it would have be a Blue Dog), that would be something. But even Blue Dogs are not that disloyal.

Sure, they are trying to hold the party hostage on climate change, health care, and anything else Obama ran on of substance, but they vote for Pelosi every odd-yeared January.

Maybe if GOP had a candidate to run against Matheson, then they could run on something other than this elaborate "Jim votes for Pelosi" argument. Of course, you would need to have ideas to run on, but baby steps people.