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Politico Discovers “New” Republican Strategy to Take Back House: Bashing Democrats

Pictured: would Karl Rove approve of going negative?

Pictured: would Karl Rove approve of going negative?

Only Cheney’s stenographer could physically type these grafs without completely cracking up.

GOP leaders have privately settled on a strategy to win back the House by putting the vast majority of their money and energy into attacking Democrats — and turning this election into a national referendum on the party in power.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia, one of 10 leaders who attended a strategy session in Annapolis, Md., this week, said the party will attack Democrats relentlessly for the stimulus, health care and cap-and-trade bills. Internally, Republicans call it the “80-20 strategy,” which, loosely interpreted, means spending 80 percent of the time whacking Democrats and the remainder talking up their own ideas.

The GOP is going negative? You don’t say!

Maybe they should’ve tried that in 2004.

Scholars and political strategists say the ferocious Bush assault on Kerry this spring has been extraordinary, both for the volume of attacks and for the liberties the president and his campaign have taken with the facts. Though stretching the truth is hardly new in a political campaign, they say the volume of negative charges is unprecedented — both in speeches and in advertising.

Three-quarters of the ads aired by Bush’s campaign have been attacks on Kerry. Bush so far has aired 49,050 negative ads in the top 100 markets, or 75 percent of his advertising.

Or maybe they should have gone negative in 2006.

Both political parties are functioning in the 2006 House races as factories for attack ads, but the National Republican Campaign Committee’s work stands out this year for the sheer volume of assaults on the personal character of Democratic House challengers. […] According to the Federal Election Commission, so far in this election cycle the NRCC has spent $41.9 million attacking Democratic opponents and $5 million supporting its own candidates, roughly an 8:1 negative-to-positive ratio.

And, who knows? Maybe if the Maverick and the Quitter had listened to Cantor, they might’ve won in 2008.

The McCain campaign has now shifted virtually 100 percent of his national ad spending into negative ads attacking Obama, a detailed breakdown of his ad buys reveals.

Memo to Cheney’s bitch stenographer: Republicans don’t do “ideas” — not since St. Ronnie cut taxes for millionaires and George W. Bush first said “terra.” That’s why every election, they bash Democrats. It’s all they’ve got.

And the fact that they had to have a top secret “strategy session” to figure that shit out tells you all you need to know about the GOP’s leadership.

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