Why Republicans can’t govern
Dysfunction begins inside the party
Observe the behavior of parties and candidates during the campaign process and you will see indications about what are barriers to effective government. Observations should be given to both parties and candidates, though right now the focus is on Republicans.
First observe the number and variety of candidates. They remain in large number at this stage of the selection process and they span the extremes of party ideology. Their quarrels are nontrivial. They don’t get along and in the forefront is a disunited Republican electorate. If they don’t see eye to eye and cannot reach collaboration and consensus, how are they going to engage with Democrats to govern any better than we have seen in recent history that is described as worst ever?
“Christmas cease-fire over; final Iowa ad war begins
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By Paul West
December 26, 2011, 9:20 a.m.
Reporting from Des Moines—
The holiday hiatus, such as it was, has ended, and 2012 campaign advertising, post-Christmas edition, is taking flight in Iowa.
A week and a day before the nation's leadoff caucuses, the airwaves over the Hawkeye State are once again clotted with a slew of ads, positive and negative, from the Republican presidential candidates and their supporters.
The ads aren't limited to local broadcast outlets.
Fox News, a leading factor in the nationalization of the early voting contests, is reaping rich rewards from its intense coverage of the Republican nomination race. Going where voter eyeballs are, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perryand Ron Paul are investing heavily in Fox buys leading up to the start of actual voting.
The commercials beamed at Iowans include Romney's new 30-second spot, with video of him interacting with what appear to be Iowa voters, that portrays him as a tight-fisted, solutions-oriented reformer who will make government "more efficient."
There are attack ads on all of his leading rivals by Rick Perry, who continues to push his threat to cut Congress's pay and send them home to "get a job like everybody else."
That commercial is bumping up against the inventive spot by a pro-Perry Super PAC ("Make Us Great Again") run by longtime Perry intimate Mike Toomey. It lampoons Romney and Gingrich, accusing them of not being as conservative as they claim to be. There are other "independent" efforts, including an ad by David Bossie's conservative group, Citizens United, that promotes Gingrich and wife Callista, who appear in the commercial, disguised as a paen to Ronald Reagan.
One spot that is airing in Iowa and doesn't seem to be part of a Fox buy: Rick Santorum's 30-secondTV commercial that dismisses rival GOP contenders and calls him "finally, a conservative we can trust."