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Posted on May 28, 2008 in Uncategorized

Good Move by the GOP

I’m pleased to see that Mike Duncan has stepped in to regulate what has simply become an annoying series of statements being made by some prominent Republican leaders and figureheads.

From CNN:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan formally denounced on Thursday the Tennessee Republican Party’s use of Barack Obama’s full name in a recent news release questioning the Illinois senator’s commitment to Israel.

“The RNC rejects these kinds of campaign tactics,” Duncan said in a statement. “We believe this election needs to be about the critical issues confronting our nation.”


In such a close race, the GOP’s image cannot be put at risk of being tarnished simply because some people think that it might “wake people up” if they realize that Obama’s middle name is Hussein.

While I understand what they are trying to do, create the sense that he could be a risk to foreign and security policy because of potential ties, there are plenty of other ways that you can go after him. Use his record and not his name to make whatever arguments you are trying to make. If what you’re looking for doesn’t show up on his record (as will be the case with most things), emphasize his inexperience.

When members of the GOP make such a big deal about things like someones middle name, or a picture taken on a trip, it makes us look like we don’t have any arguments, and because of that, have to resort to mudslinging to get our message across.

If we can stick to the issues and be the bigger man in this fight, we’ll win. But, if we keep focusing on things that are for the most part irrelevant to this election, such as names and/or pictures, we’re going to lose miserably. If we lost the White House, there is no doubt that we’ll fall further into the minority in the House and Senate and quite possibly prevent the chances of ever gaining a strong conservative majority on the SCOTUS, at least for many of our lifetimes.

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