On today’s strategy room we talked about the mid terms and the Wiki Leaks. Again I pressed the argument that House seats are local affairs and candidates matter in statewide elections. Although the prevailing wind is pushing the GOP forward, they’re facing major headwinds due to poor candidate selection and in part due to the Tea Parties influence.
Some candidates around the nation are downright bizarre. We discussed Nevada’s Sharron Angle who is clearly not ready for prime time. Here in NY, the likely GOP nominee for the 1st Congressional District is a guy who made his millions outsourcing jobs to India. That should play well in this economy.
In Colorado, former GOP congressman Tom Tancredo is promising to run on a third party line. This comes as today the Democratic candidate has inched ahead of his likely GOP opponent for the first time all year. If Tancredo joins the race and pulls the right wing of the party away from the GOP candidate, the Democrat can’t lose. GOP Senate hopes are fading in Colorado as there leading candidate, Ken Buck, who claims to be a Tea Party member offended some when in a movement of honesty he referred to “Tea Party Birthers” as “dumb asses.” He could have chose his words more carefully, but he’s right. Of course, that remark could cost him the primary as it’s now against the law of the Tea Party to ever agree with Obama even when it comes to where he was born. Colorado looks like it will join Nevada as a state where the GOP will fail to pick up a seats due to candidate selection.
We also talked about the Wiki Leaks story now dominating the news. In reality there is little that we have learned from this that the American public hasn’t expected for some time. The war in Afghanistan is not going well and the Pakistanis at best aren’t much help at worst are actively working against us. This complicates the decisions the President must make in the coming months. July 2011 is coming up fast.
I would love your thoughts.