Republican Brand Management
From Mitch the pitchman
Stuffed shirt Mitch McConnell is pulling out all stops these days and referring to “the Republican brand” is an impressive notion.
What is it?
I would argue the following:
1. The Republican brand is a blend of religious rightism embracing a plethora of chapters of bigotry. The theme is “All bigots welcome.”
2. The Republican brand is all for the wealthy and crumbs for the rest if there is any leftover. The theme is “Me first.”
3. The Republican brand is capitalism first and socialism last. The theme is “Take the money and run.”
4. The Republican brand is appeal to the ignorant by telling them anything they want to hear and can comprehend. The theme is “keep it simple stupid.”
5. The Republican brand is pay no taxes and the theme is “Make everyone else pick up the tab.”
Michele Bachmann explains Republican Strategy, “We’re all from the South of Somewhere.”
“Top Republicans clash over debt-limit plan
Two top Republican leaders clashed Wednesday over a plan that could allow the government to avoid a potentially catastrophic default but would not ensure the deep cuts in federal spending that party members seek.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), who offered a proposal this week that would allow President Obama to raise the federal debt limit without guaranteed spending cuts, warned that the Republican Party could “destroy” its brand with voters if Congress allows the government to default.
President Obama spoke about stalled negotiations with Congress to raise the debt ceiling and what he feels is holding up progress. (July 13)
Which federal programs would you choose to pay?
“All of a sudden we have co-ownership of a bad economy. That is very bad positioning going into an election,” McConnell said on “The Laura Ingraham Show,” a conservative radio talk program.
But House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) rejected McConnell’s plan for resolving the debt stalemate, instead vowing to press ahead with the campaign to roll back government spending.
“Currently, there is not a single debt limit proposal that can pass the House of Representatives,” Cantor said in a statement released just before top lawmakers from both parties resumed afternoon negotiations at the White House.
Those talks ended on an angry note when Obama and Cantor disagreed over the length of the proposed debt-ceiling increase. Cantor had been urging a short-term extension that would require Congress to vote a second time on the unpopular measure before the 2012 election. The president lectured about the need to drop political posturing, saying several times, “Enough is enough,” according to Democratic officials with knowledge of the closed-door meeting.
“The president told me, ‘Eric, don’t call my bluff. You know I’m going to take this to the American people,’ ” Cantor said. “He then walked out.”
But as he left, Obama added: “I’ll see you tomorrow.”
Before the blow-up, Obama offered a detailed package of $1.7 trillion in spending cuts “that he was comfortable with,” one of the Democratic officials said, adding that he would go even higher if Republicans would accept revenue increases.
Senior leaders in both parties, however, have begun to look outside the White House meetings for a solution, showing increasing interest in a Senate strategy that could use McConnell’s proposal to temporarily bypass House Republicans.”
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