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Nancy Pelosi speaks during a visit by U.S. Representatives discussing bilateral relationships between Egypt and the U.S., in Cairo March 15, 2012. REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS)
Mark Sanford has given the Republican Party of Florida ideas. If Sanford could run against Nancy Pelosi in the special election in South Carolina's First Congressional District and win despite his major personal baggage, maybe running against Pelosi will work for Florida Republican candidates! Hence this mailer:
“For millions of Americans, the notion of personal responsibility will be replaced by massive new government entitlement programs that promise benefits cradle-to-grave,” the letter reads. “Radical Islamists will continue to attack us with impunity, because under the leadership of Obama and Pelosi our enemies will no longer fear us, and our allies will no longer trust us. Obama and Pelosi will continue their assault on your Second Amendment rights to own a gun, while their Department of Homeland Security continues to stockpile ammunition. And although I personally find it sickening, given his recent remarks to abortion providers and his legislative record, I wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama pushes to end the ban on late-term abortions.”
Welfare moms, check. Radical Islamists, check. Gun-grabbing, check. Abortion, check. That's a solid slate of the traditional extremist Republican talking points, even if it is missing "what's next? marriage between a man and a dog?" It's really the same old, same old, with Mark Sanford as a hook to get the press to pay attention.

And you know, running against Pelosi (and President Obama) in these terms probably will work in Florida as it did for Sanford. Which is to say, it's likely to be successful in those Florida districts that voted for Mitt Romney by an 18-point margin, like Sanford's district did.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Tue May 14, 2013 at 11:23 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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