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As I watch this convention, it has become increasingly bizarre to me that the GOP have offered absolutely nothing in the way of specifics as to what you get if you vote for them.  

What is their plan?  Will McCain provide specifics as Obama did?  Will anyone attempt to empathize with voters' economic concerns?  What are they doing?

I suppose if Rick Davis is accurately representing their campaign's beliefs, and they truly believe this election is "not about the issues" then it makes sense to not address any of them.

But honestly, does anyone know why they haven't at least covered their ass with some kind of shout out to the insecurities of the middle class voter?  Nothing at all about health care?  I'm not saying this to attack them, the way Obama might in a town hall, but because I'm really very puzzled here.

Rove loved the attack as much as anyone, but he invented a whole host of phony policies for Bush (compassionate conservatism, faith based outreach, ownership society) and one actual one (Medicare Prescription Drug Benefits)to win the votes of pocketbook minded citizens.  Nothing so far from the GOP, and even if every speech from 6 PM till McSame knocks the ballons off his head is a laundry list of wonk-meat, it'll still be the most policy light convention ever.

Also, aren't they at all worried about attacking Washington, even as it is there party that has been in Washington?  Mitt Romney said the change we need is to replace the liberals with conservatives.  But the liberals were only in Congress for a year and a half.  So he wants to go back to 2005?  That's supposed to solve the problems?  It makes no sense at all.

I understand that the Republicans have now done a 180 and are re running the 2004 campaign.  (the 2000 campaign was actually fairly bland and substantive)  I understand they just want to drive Obama's negatives up by baiting the "silent majority."  But do they really think that, by itself, unaided by any other argument expect McCain's biography, is enough to win?

Is it?

I genuinely don't know and would love some insight on what to me looks like the strategy of a psychopath.

Originally posted to John Roy on Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 11:37 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Shocked? Why would you be shocked? They're (5+ / 0-)

    Republicans!  Their policies suck, as the whole country can see.  

    Their campaign will be 100% based on AVOIDING a discussion of their policies.  It's their only hope.

    "No way, no how, no McCain." Hillary Clinton

    by keeplaughing on Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 11:40:40 AM PDT

  •  2x more about McCains range of motion in his arms (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Tricky

    than about the economy.

    Which indicates this election is about him, not us.

  •  The Repthuglican "store" only sells two things (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    esquimaux, PrgrsvArchitect, busrider

    Hate and fear.  

    They played fear to death for the last seven years and nobody is buying fear anymore, so this year they're pushing hate.  

  •  Scare tactics has always worked. (0+ / 0-)

    Scaring the voters to act and act now or else works.  If the Dems don't go along, they are not patriotic.  Going into Iraq should have been enough, but they have an answer that cannot be defended in that our country has not been invaded.  The surge they say has worked, but you cannot prove that it would be the same without the surge. They are doing it will drilling now. They want everybody to act now and we are in a position that we cannot prove that we know is wrong.
    They have right wing talk radio and Fox to drive these issues for them.

  •  DRILL, DRILL, DRILL isn't a policy? (2+ / 0-)
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    bustacap, WiseFerret

    I think it is dangerously close to

    KILL, KILL, Kill

    which seems to be another favoritye Rethugh Policy (oh, but we're oh so Christian and pro-life).

    I love the smell of impeachment in the morning!

    by gabbardd on Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 11:47:10 AM PDT

  •  Here's why (3+ / 0-)
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    bustacap, PrgrsvArchitect, busrider

    Dow is down more than 300 points right now, Jobless claims spike unexpectedly our econ is floundering:
    http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com...

    Facts are stubborn things- John Adams

    by Veritas36 on Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 11:49:31 AM PDT

  •  Hey (0+ / 0-)

    Are you afraid? How about scared? If so, then there is your policy talk. If you aren't than you are probably an elitist and should go back to eating arugula.

    In a seriousness, this convention is not about the American people and why they should vote for the Republicans. Its a referendum on the Democratic party. If you can slam them and Obama, then you win, in their opinion. If reminds me of that quote from "Thank you for smoking:"

    Son: You didn't prove that you were right.
    Dad: I didn't have to, I proved that your were wrong.

  •  and I'm shocked the talking heads (0+ / 0-)

    haven't noticed either... oh, wait, no I'm not.  We need a commercial with a tally of the times they mentioned the economy, Iraq, Afganistan, torture, etc during the week

    It's NEVER too late to save the Constitution! Impeach, Indict, Incarcerate!!!

    by PrgrsvArchitect on Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 11:54:58 AM PDT

  •  No, really (0+ / 0-)

    It is shocking that the GOP isn't offering ANYTHING. We all know they don't hesitate to lie. You'd think they make up something.

    A free turkey at Thanksgiving, a lump of coal in our stocking. SOMETHING.

  •  You're not alone (0+ / 0-)

    NONE of this makes any sense to me either, but I hear people cheering for them and I keep reminding myself that Bush wasn't just elected once but TWICE.  So maybe what they're doing works.  Let's hope it's not for the majority of the population.

    What I found confusing....McCain was competitive with Obama when it came to independent voters.  What happened???  Did he give up on them to rally his base?

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