Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Whistling Past the Graveyard, pt. II
For reasons I don't completely understand, the Democratic race is thought by many to be effectively over as of yesterday's primaries. I don't know if I believe that or not, but for the moment let's take that as a given, and that Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee.
Barack Obama has had a bad month, but we shouldn't view this as a revival of the GOP. Jeremiah Wright, Bittergate, Rezko, and lapel pins might be reasons not to vote for Obama, but they will never be positive reasons to support the GOP. The GOP is in urgent need of rebranding, and this isn't it. You could say there isn't much to do right now anyway, but the first thing to do is regain credibility on domestic spending. The GOP has prominent figures who have fought the good fight on this, especially Sen. McCain and Sen. Coburn.
If I had to choose the between a GOP Congress and a Democratic President or the other way around, I'd rather have the Republicans hold Congress. Unfortunately, that's a total pipe dream at this point. Even if John McCain does win in November, the GOP will still have to clean out its stables to be a viable party going forward. We might as well start now.