I have said that, without question, we cannot prevail as a party without conservatives. But it is equally certain we cannot prevail in the future without moderates.
In that same vein, I am reminded of a briefing by a prominent Republican pollster after the 2004 election. He was asked what voter groups Republicans might be able to win over. He responded: women in general, married women with children, Hispanics, the middle class in general, and independents.
How well have we done as a party with these groups? Unfortunately, the answer is obvious from the results of the last two elections. We should be reaching out to these segments of our population — not de facto ceding them to the opposing party.
There is no plausible scenario under which Republicans can grow into a majority while shrinking our ideological confines and continuing to retract into a regional party. Ideological purity is not the ticket back to the promised land of governing majorities — indeed, it was when we began to emphasize social issues to the detriment of some of our basic tenets as a party that we encountered an electoral backlash.
It is for this reason that we should heed the words of President Ronald Reagan, who urged, “We should emphasize the things that unite us and make these the only ‘litmus test’ of what constitutes a Republican: our belief in restraining government spending, pro-growth policies, tax reduction, sound national defense, and maximum individual liberty.” He continued, “As to the other issues that draw on the deep springs of morality and emotion, let us decide that we can disagree among ourselves as Republicans and tolerate the disagreement.”
Food for thought, for sure.
UPDATE: Also, I have a friend from Maine whom I love. She is cool too, just like Olympia Snowe.
ADDITIONAL UPDATE: From the mouth of the Maine friend: “Once, for Halloween, I was Nancy Kerrigan. I wore this thick black wig and all the adults called me Olympia Snowe. I am still embarrassed by it!”
It speaks volumes that Kathleen and I each independently discovered this video and intended to post about it. Or perhaps it just speaks to the creepy way some videos become viral overnight. Either way, I love this. Not exactly the funniest thing I’ve ever seen, but it’s perfect for reminding all of us how ridiculous our obsession with Twilight is. (Don’t deny it; I know you daydream of Edward Cullen.) I’ve only read the first book and can’t get through the second because it’s so bad, but damn gurl, I loved that first book. And I’m ashamed to admit that for like a month, I monitored my thoughts because I was convinced that some people could read my mind. (I wish, more than anything, that I was joking.) Anyway, enjoy this version of Twilight…with cheeseburgers:
Republican Senator Arlen Specter, a well-known moderate, has announced he is joining the Democratic party and he will run as a Democrat in 2010. This is not a huge surprise. He has consistently voted with the Democrats since Obama has been elected. Apparently though, our Veep, Mr. Biden is the one that convinced him. Way to go, Joe!
Obviously as a Democrat, I am happy that we have one more crucial vote in the Senate. (Now if they would just get that pesky Minnesota seat settled and swear in Al Franken…) But let’s look at the larger picture here.
I always like to give credit where credit is due. I am, after all, a first born child and I LOVE to be recognized when I’m right or when do a good job. (Do you think they’ll give me gold star stickers for a job well done in the real world?) The Republican party, over the past ten years, has done a fantastic job at messaging. Ex- It didn’t matter that he wasn’t smart, America just needed a president you can sit down and have a beer with. This, of course, turned out to be an EPIC FAIL. But the American people bought it in 2000 and 2004. Here’s another good one: All Democrats are socialists who want to take away your guns and hard earned money, abort your babies and let the terrorists win while turning the US of A into a godless nation. A slight exaggeration, but I can only hope that you get my point.
But while the GOP was painting moderate Democrats and the actual socialists with the same brush, they neglected the fact that their own party has its moderates. And maybe, just maybe, the party’s message was excluding them.
It’s weird, but I think Meghan McCain is the most logical spokesperson the GOP has right now. Naturally, I will disagree with her on some points, but at least she’s says things that make sense. And if they are looking for the youth vote, I’m pretty sure MM will have a better chance at reaching out to young people then Rush Limbaugh. Or that wretched Ann Coulter. Ugh.
I don’t really feel like analyzing how the GOP can fix its problems when I think there are bigger problems to solve… like the economy. I’ll let you know when I figure that one out. In the mean time, my trust is in B.
But welcome to the real party, Sen. Specter. Time to get down to business. There’s work to be done.
Here is a quick piece of music news/a warning. Remember Creed? I’ll give you a moment while you cringe… are you okay? Yeah, those guys. Well, prepare for the second coming of the world’s worst faux-Christian rock band. (Second coming. Ha! Get it? Like Jesus?)
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Scott Stapp, the lead d-bag singer, calls the reunion a “a renewing and a rebirth”. I would venture to say it’s more of “a remistake and a reterrible”.
There are going to be plenty of tour dates…if you really care.
The guys already have demos and are looking to all the money making producers to scrounge up a hit single for them. Could we possibly see a Creed song featuring Timbaland? Maybe?
But what about Scotty’s solo CD?! He answers the most important question:
“It would be irresponsible for me to think about anything but Creed. This band is my first love and a first love that’s stood the test of time. It’s not hard to step away from any kind of personal agenda when you are totally fulfilled.”
A first love that stood the test of time… except when your band broke up for five years. Now, call me crazy, but it seems like perhaps Mr. Stapp realized a reunion tour might be his only chance to make lots of dollars. Maybe that’s what he means when he says totally fulfilled.
Some of you may wonder where all of this strong dislike for Creed comes from. Well first of all, the music sucks. But I think my real battle (if you couldn’t tell) is with Scott Stapp. Rolling Stone forgets to mention a few things. Creed broke up because Scott Stapp is a jerk. And it was all downhill from there. In 2006, he was arrested for public intoxication on the night of his wedding. His 6 year old son was the best man. Way to set a good example, Scott. Then, he was arrested for domestic abuse in 2007. Oh, and did you know he has a creepy sex tape with Kid Rock and a bunch of groupies on a bus?
Kid Rock and sex tape should not be in the same sentence. Ever.
So there you have it. You have been warned. Now please excuse me, I’m going to go listen to some Taylor Swift. THAT is music.
In case you haven’t figured out Facebook yet, here is a quick guide to Facebook etiquette. You might get a little chuckle out of this. It’s quite silly, and because Facebook is so deeply embedded in our culture now, you will at the very least be able to relate to it a little. Sorry I haven’t been posting much! That changes today!
Babe Ruth greeted Arthur Giddon as he did most 13-year-olds, even those in uniform. Giddon chatted with the Babe for a moment but tore himself away because he had a job to do. It was 1922, and as a Boston Braves bat boy, Giddon had to break out the bats, polish some spikes and otherwise outfit his players for that afternoon’s game at Braves Field.
Eighty-seven years later, on Saturday, Giddon will reprise his role for his now-beloved Red Sox — as a special 100th birthday present, he will serve as the team’s honorary bat boy prior to the game against the rival Yankees.
Two video posts in a row maaay seem a little lazy and lame but it’s so worth it because we all must go see this movie together (I’m talking to you, 300-odd regular readers) and smile the whole time and eat Red Vines and fall deeply, deeply in love with a — wait for it — BEARDED John Krasinski:
Now, our love for John Krasinski has been pretty well documented on this blog, here and here and here and here. But I’ve yet to see Johnny K branch out and do a movie that I actually wanted see. I’m always afraid they’ll be bad and ruin my perfect love for him. (No John, seriously, are you listening? I’m tall too. Pretty witty. Did I mention I think we’re soulmates?) This movie, however, actually looks good. A little indie, a little funny, a little tugging-at-the-heart-strings; it’s a holy trinity of movie goodness. Plus, the movie was directed by Sam Mendes, husband of SWTCTW girl crush Kate Winslet AND SWTCTW’s very own Kathleen looks eerily like Maya Rudolph. So there’s that.
FYI, the song in the preview is Alexi Murdoch’s “All My Days.”
Thanks to sometime guest blogger Madeline for the tip!
I don’t know what it is about these massive dance events that makes me so happy. The human solidarity? The wackiness? The element of surprise? If I ever seen one of these in person, I will be ecstatic. They make me cry tears of joy EVERY TIME. I think what really got me this time was when they all started clapping towards the end, at which point I thought to myself: “Wow, I hope they are all single and proud and just loving their lives and ohmygod this is beautiful!”
So, things that made me cry today: a presentation about violence against homeless people, and a video of a bunch of random ladies doing the Single Ladies dance outside a train station. I’m a complicated person.
This quote is a little touchy-feely, but it really struck me. It reminds me of something my roommate loves to say: “You’re the master of your own destiny.” That’s cheesy too, but it’s damn true, and we can all use the reminder every now and again.
“Surrendering to the absolute truth that you are responsible for everything that you have in your life is my favorite principle. This one offers you total freedom. No one is responsible for how you feel about ANYTHING; only you are responsible. You’re the only one responsible for how you respond and you can choose to be despairing and join the club of whiners OR you can choose to discover something about yourself that you may have overlooked before. Something that was keeping your ‘good’ apart from you. “
I don’t smoke, so today is a day just like any other for me. But like many people, I was curious why this day is so meaningful and how it go to be that way. So, click HERE to read a column in the HuffPo that explains everything. It’s fairly hilarious and kind of interesting. Here at SWTCTW, we find the answers to your questions so that you don’t have to look it up yourselves. You’re welcome, readers! XOXO!