The Republican Strategy Moving Forward
I once fancied myself a political strategist. You know, one of those people who would offer advice on how to win elections. Right now, I am looking at Republicans and the Republican Party….and I am just kind of staring and blinking, scratching my head….and wondering, honestly, if what they are smoking is legal. I guess it is in a lot of States.
Since I am, in general, more sympathetic to the Democrat agenda and views (mainly because I am against racism, against sexism, against authoritarianism, against “ignorism”, in favor of things like facts and science, all of which make it a little bit hard to vote Republican right now, just sayin) I am not really too upset about Republicans shooting themselves in the foot, and doing it again, and then doing it again. It in fact would actually be quite funny in a Buster Keaton sort of way, if weren’t for the fact that it isn’t funny at all since these self-inflicted wounds involve voter suppression, disrespecting police officers, racism. Yes, they are ensuring they will continue to lose elections in 2022, 2024, lose in the foreseeable future, but do they really want to go down in such a cataclysmic ball of flame? Do they really have no shame? (That is called a rhetorical question, by the way.)
1. The shoot self in foot strategy of voter suppression:
There are just too many examples to choose from on this one, but lets just do the loudest obvious ones, where Republicans are using a bazooka on their own foot, namely in Georgia. Do understand that Senator Warnock has to run again for the Senate in 2022 since he was elected to finish out the term of Senator Johnny Isakson. Apparently, Perdue, who lost the Senate race to Ossoff is thinking of running against Warnock. (Note one definition of stupidity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, just saying.)
So, in Georgia, one of the things they are aiming to do is get rid of Sunday voting. Why? Because of what is known as Souls to the Polls, where Black churches had a long tradition of loading people up on a bus after church and taking them to their voting place. This is actually Republicans managing to shoot two feet with one bullet, since them shutting down Sunday voting is not only obviously racist, but also vaguely anti-church it seems to me….and silly me, I thought Republicans used to court religious people? Well, never mind.
They are also trying to cut back on mail-in ballots. More than a little odd since the elderly like mail-in voting, and the elderly do sometimes vote Republican by the way. As a matter of fact, there is this fact noted in an article in the New York Times:
Voting rights advocates say there is deep hypocrisy embedded in some of the new proposals. It was Georgia Republicans, they point out, who championed mail balloting in the early 2000s and automatic voting registration just five years ago, only to say they need to be limited now that more Black voters have embraced them.
2. The shoot self in foot strategy of voting against the hugely popular COVID relief bill (American Rescue Plan).
Every single Republican in the House and the Senate voted against the COVID relief bill. This was a bill favored by 70% of the American public. I am not real good at math, but voting against something with that kind of across-the-board popularity doesn’t seem like a future election-winning strategy, does it?
It does appear though that the Republican plan here is to deploy the tactic known among political strategists as the “damn, you really think people are that stupid?…well okay” strategy. How that works is exemplified by Senator Roger Wicker, who voted against the bill, and then took credit for part of it in a tweet. Betting on voters being stupid can sometimes work (it gave us President Trump, didn’t it?) so watch for more like this in the future from other Republicans, as they try and take credit for all the good things Democrats have done and are going to do, with no help from them.
3. The shoot self in foot strategy of voting against honoring the Capitol Police.
Yes, you read that right. If you missed this gem, there was a vote in the House to give the Congressional Gold Medal to US Capitol Police over the events of January 6, and twelve Republicans voted “no” to that. I am taking the trouble to list their names because it is important to list these names.
- Louie Gohmert, Texas
- Marjorie T. Greene, Georgia
- Andy Biggs, Arizona
- Thomas Massie, Kentucky
- Andy Harris, Maryland
- Lance Gooden, Texas
- Matt Gaetz, Florida
- Michael Cloud, Texas
- Andrew Clyde, Georgia
- Bob Good, Virginia
- Greg Steube, Florida
- John Rose, Tennessee
Now, to be fair and factually accurate (which is something that does matter, just sayin’, Republicans, ahem) they were not “voting against honoring police” in the sense that some on the left tried to gleefully and venomously spin this. Most of these people did want to honor police in some way, but they objected…I think….to the language in the measure….? I say “I think” because frankly, as I was reading this piece from Snopes Fact Check and trying to read these people’s contorted explanations of their assorted objections, my vision started to blur. I honestly was not following what these Republicans were saying.
Speaking as a political strategist, and if you want to win future elections, when you have an opportunity to vote to honor the men and women police officers who were heroes on January 6, men and women who suffered very horribly, just vote “yes.” Seriously. Just vote yes. Shooting yourself in the foot by voting no on something like that means I am not even going to offer you a Band-Aid to stop the bleeding. When the political attack ads come, letting voters know about the fact of your “no” vote on honoring police, you will be getting, and deserve, no sympathy.
4. The shoot self in foot strategy of being OPENLY racist.
Senator Ron Johnson. Sigh. Do I have to say any more than just his name? You surely heard the story didn’t you? He openly displayed himself as a racist, making racist comments. He then later protested he is not racist and what he said was not racist. Sorry, Ron, but if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and displays the IQ of a duck, I’m calling it a duck. It was racist. Maybe we can debate whether this was a Mallard or maybe a Canvasback or perhaps a White-Faced Whistling Duck (I’m thinking the latter) but that this was racist is not a debatable question. What is more, he knew that when he said it because he prefaced it with stating that what he was about to say “could mean trouble.”
If you actually missed exactly what he said, listen here to his own words. He said he felt safe and unafraid on Jan 6 because “those people” were patriots who respect the law. He said if they had been Black Lives Matter people, “I might have been a little concerned.”
Lets just save that clip, and anytime anyone wants to teach a class about “what racism is,” they can play that tape.
A word of advice, speaking as a political strategist, racism is not a good strategy for winning, just sayin’. The fact that I have not yet heard a peep about any Senate Republicans having any plans to boot this racist out of the Senate speaks volumes. It speaks loud and clear, Republican Party. Your racism, Republican Party, is in fact becoming deafening. You’ve dropped grenades on your own foot.
We, that is to say everyone not on board with the Dear Leader Party, will be deafening in the elections of 2022, in the elections of 2024, and on down the road. Democrat strategists right now have to be some of the happiest people in America. Frankly, I don’t even think Democrat campaign strategists should be paid much in the next couple years, since you, Republicans, are doing all their work for them. Keep it up. I’m sure you will, considering the definition of stupidity….just sayin’.