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En Tequila Es Verdad got an email from Washington State Democrats (h/t frostokovich):

You may have heard that [gubernatorial candidate Dino] Rossi and 27 other Republican candidates in our state will not allow the word "Republican" to appear next to their name on the ballot.

Thanks to the new Top Two primary, candidates can choose what party label they want on the ballot in November. As we reported on June 11th, Dino Rossi will have "Prefers G.O.P. party" next to his name, which is clearly a scheme to avoid having the word "Republican" next to his name.

Or as one of their candidates admits in this newscast:

"There's 30 percent of the people in this state that would not vote for a Republican no matter what, and we want to get around that..."

A few reactions...

This is one damaged brand. Maybe all it takes is a quagmire of a war, the gutting of the Constitution, the trashing of America's international reputation, massive negligence and incompetence during a natural disaster, a recession, the subprime crisis, etc., etc., ad infinitum or nauseum, whichever comes first.

In Arizona, where I live, the code for "Republican" seems to be "conservative."  Even in the most Republican reaches of the Phoenix sprawl, I rarely see campaign signs labeling the candidate as Repub.  Maybe it's not considered necessary.  But I wonder if the word "conservative" is going to be mud, too, before much longer.  Maybe I'm getting carried away.

Let me to go out on a limb anyway.  I see an analogy with country music.  

(Bear with me, regardless of what you think of the music.  I'll just limit myself to saying I never hear the acts I really enjoy, like Roseanne Cash, on the radio.)

Marketers tried for years to reach a younger audience with country music.  One thing they found -- citation needed, I know -- was that that audience did not mind "country."  But they didn't like "dumb," and that was the stereotype that C&W music had to overcome.  It's worked to some extent.  

I suspect Republicans and conservatives are going to have a similar problem with younger voters.  It's not just a matter of intelligence (though what was your very first impression of W.?), but also a matter of cluelessness.

In 2004, the Dems should have put ads with Zell Miller's meltdown on The Daily Show or reality TV.  And they should have bought ad space for clips from the Bush twins' convention speech during Law 'n' Order or JAG.

If I were buying ads for the Dems today, I think I'd show more footage of the Repub primary candidates trying hard to out-Gitmo each other, to out-cheer the currently booming economy.

Or maybe I'd just show more video of Bush dancing.

Originally posted to TomAqMar on Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 10:03 PM PDT.


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Comment Preferences

  •  He prefers the Grand Old Party Party? (5+ / 0-)

    I prefer the Party Party Party of Australia.

  •  Republicans as the GOP (3+ / 0-)
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    Jeff Y, jlms qkw, Junah

    It is typical of the Republicans that they want to be identified as the "Grand Old Party." This pseudonym not only masks their true identity but also, consistent with their nature, contains a lie.  The implication of their being the Grand OLD Party is that they are the older of the two political parties, but, of course, they are not.  

    No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. H. L. Mencken

    by jim0121 on Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 10:29:11 PM PDT

  •  Yeah, Dino Rossi you lost by 133 votes in 2006 (4+ / 0-)
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    sara seattle, Jeff Y, jlms qkw, Junah

    Now multiply that number by 1,000. That's the number you'll lose by this year.

  •  Um 2004 I mean (4+ / 0-)
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    sara seattle, jlms qkw, Norbrook, Junah

    Time flies when you're having fun:-)

  •  They should be ashamed to be Republicans (3+ / 0-)
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    bleeding blue, jlms qkw, Junah

    they are a sorry bunch -- ooze slime

    "Proud to proclaim: I am a Bleeding Heart Liberal"

    by sara seattle on Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 10:32:50 PM PDT

  •  It's funny watching this (5+ / 0-)
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    CocoaLove, Jeff Y, TomAqMar, jlms qkw, Norbrook

    I grew up in SC and lived there again from 1997-2005 and watched SC Democrats do everything they possibly could to avoid having the label "Democrat" attached to their names.  Forgive me if I savor the schadenfreude.

    Republicans are at their best when they're the minority party.  They can whine all day long, occasionally (VERY occasionally) serve as a moral compass if things get a bit out of whack, polish their fringe issues to a mirror-like sheen.  But when, zwoop!, they find themselves inexplicably in control, everyone suddenly realizes that all they can do is whine.  They cannot govern.  They simply lack the ability.  

    Sure, there are a blessed few exceptions, Republicans who are talented at the act of government (though whatever talents they might have invariably get squeezed out in the loyalty games that precede elevation to national politics).  But when it's time to elect someone to get his or her hands dirty to actually do the work of government -- rather than, say, clearing brush -- you elect a Democrat.  It's that simple.  The reason our country has generally progressed over the last 200 years is that the work of competent, progressive government (no matter who was wearing the progressive label at the time) has survived the occasional reactionary sneeze.

    •  living in Florida (2+ / 0-)
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      socratic, jlms qkw

      This is especially sweet. The goopers have ruined this country and they know it. AND the good thing is that more voters are finally seeing the damage caused by these lying thieves.

      I agree with you. We should savor this moment.

      -7.38, -5.23 "Though the storm may be raging, and the billows tossing high, Lord I feel like going on."

      by CocoaLove on Fri Jun 27, 2008 at 05:15:45 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  May be time to reclaim the word 'liberal,' too (2+ / 0-)
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      socratic, jlms qkw

      As Digby has pointed out many times, Repubs don't need to win elections to get their agenda through, if all they're interested in is obstruction.

      One amazing take-away from Nixonland was to be reminded of how there used to be such things as fairly liberal Repubs.  Ever since Reagan at least, though, they have been too addicted to winning.  

      Reagan's declaration that "government is the problem" should have been totally discredited by Katrina and the subprime mess.  But I suspect conservatives will continue to parrot that well into mid-century.

      And of course there's that Bill Maher line:  Republicans say government doesn't work, then they get elected and prove it.

  •  The one thing Dems don't have to worry about. (1+ / 0-)
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    jlms qkw

    "Dems" can keep supporting most of the republican agenda without any fear of the word "republican" appearing next to their names. A one-party kleptocracy is what we really have in today's "America".

  •  Be vewy vewy quiet (6+ / 0-)


    John McCain - Like W. Only Older.

    Funny McCain Pics archive updated regularly

    by InsultComicDog on Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 11:17:26 PM PDT

  •  You can dress up a pile of manure like Rossi (1+ / 0-)
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    jlms qkw

    Any way you like but it's still a pile of manure.

    "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

    by skywaker9 on Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 11:22:32 PM PDT

  •  HAHAHA! (2+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard, jlms qkw

    This is hilarious, Republicans who are embarrassed to be called....Republicans.

    Why don't they just put "Wide Stance Party" in front of their name? I'm sure everyone will know what they're talking about.

    wide stance

  •  Republican is a dirty word? (1+ / 0-)
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    jlms qkw

    I knew that. Never thought there would come a time when the goopers ran from their party label.

    It really sucks to be a republican these days. I will enjoy watching them go down the drain into irrelevancy.

    -7.38, -5.23 "Though the storm may be raging, and the billows tossing high, Lord I feel like going on."

    by CocoaLove on Fri Jun 27, 2008 at 05:14:04 AM PDT

  •  Party Favors (2+ / 0-)
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    TomAqMar, jlms qkw

    You focus on the new name, I'm focusing on the new mascot for the Repugnicans.  

    Number one choice (poll probably needed) so far is to replace the Ghastly Obfuscation Party elephant with the Hyena.  2nd place goes to the Jackal, but that was just Rove.

    In fairness and balance, we must do the same for the Dems, for they, too, have failed to show the gumption of their kickin' donkey.  After much research and careful observation of both Pelosi and Reid, the top mascot choice that reflects their tenure in the Congress is, I think, the Sea Cucumber.  

    Mind you, as soon they they collectively evolve a spine, I'll be more than happy to swap that with something else. Maybe they can even crawl out of the ocean and become land creatures.

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