Now less than nine months before the 2008 election, I propose a bold new strategy for the complete removal of Republicans from power — whenever you find yourself in a conversation about any news regarding a Republican candidate, verbally respond by saying “Who cares? They’re going to lose.”
Here’s a practical example of how the strategy works:
Bob (a Republican): Wow, I can’t believe that Mitt Romney dropped out already. What if Huckabee (or McCain) gets the Republican nomination?
Kate (an Anti-Republican): Who cares? The Republicans f@cked everything up. They’re going to lose.
If Bob pushes back by suggesting Kate ought to care about his political party’s presidential nomination because they are one of the two dominant national parties in the U.S., she would simply begin describing exactly how the Republicans f@cked everything up: Crashed the economy twice (2001 & 2008); increased the national debt to its highest level ever; invaded two countries using ill-devised plans; dismantled our rights in the name of security; reversed numerous environmental protections; etc.
The “who cares about the Republicans” strategy may be difficult for some anti-Republicans to adapt because the Bush Administration and the Republicans have been such a formidable enemy of all that is good for the last eight years — it’s hard to let go of that oh-so-demobilizing “they’re so big and they’re going to hurt us” defensive posture. To these fine friends, I say the most powerful way to remove the Republicans from power in 2008 is to fully marginalize their futile election activities to the point where they are widely perceived as — and eventually become — our country’s “third party” whipping post that is “destined to lose.”
Other politicos may worry they will lose “street cred” by making such a bold prediction — wouldn’t it be a shame if they put their name in the “they’re going to lose” column and, come November, the Republicans actually won? To these “leaders of the opposition” (e.g. elected Democrats, chairs of parties other than the Republicans, etc.) I ask, “Won’t it be a shame if the Republicans won because you refused to help build the framework for their failure? ” News flash! They are “down,” it is time to “kick them.”
So, let’s get it started. Tell everyone who will listen that the Republican Party of the United States of America is officially irrelevant and about to lose all of its power. They had eight years to do something good, and instead have chosen to do bad things badly. As a result, every single Republican holding or seaking office is now destined to fail, making way for the politics of the future.