This afternoon I received an email from the National Republican Senatorial Committee. What really stood out is that the NRSC has only one talking point: Vote GOP or Bush might be impeached! An excerpt:
“The Washington Post reported this week that House and Senate Democrats are salivating over the possibility of convening hearings on everything from the War in Iraq to the National Security Agency’s terrorist surveillance program.”
I am still a registered Republican, and most Republicans I’ve spoken with are upset about Bush’s fiscal policies, his handling of the War in Iraq and the erosion of their civil liberties. This email seems intended to urge Republicans to vote Democrat in 2006.
“They want nothing more than to create a three-ring political circus they know will get favorable coverage from the liberal media so that they can discredit, and then undo the Bush tax cuts and other important elements of the Bush agenda.”
Ignoring the “liberal media” canard, I support undoing most of the Bush tax cuts as a first step in restoring fiscal responsibility. Also I’m not sure of what the “other important elements of the Bush agenda” are – and apparently the NRSC couldn’t think of anything either!
Meanwhile, the unpopular President Bush’s approval ratings have sunk to new lows in the New York Times/CBS News Poll. It looks like most Americans are ready for change. I know I am.
Best to all, CR Calculated Risk
UPDATE2: Meyerson at the WaPo picks up the same theme: The GOP’s Bankruptcy of Ideas
The emerging Republican game plan for 2006 is, at bottom, a tautology: If the Democrats retake Congress it will mean, well, that the Democrats retake Congress. (Cue lightning bolt and ominous clap of thunder.) Karl Rove and his minions have plumb run out of issues to campaign on.
UPDATE: Here is the entire email:
I want to share with you what I believe to be one of the dangers of a Democrat victory this November.
It’s becoming clear that if the liberal Democrat leadership takes control of Congress, they will embark on a destructive agenda of politically motivated “investigations” of President Bush and his administration.
The Washington Post reported this week that House and Senate Democrats are salivating over the possibility of convening hearings on everything from the War in Iraq to the National Security Agency’s terrorist surveillance program.
They want nothing more than to create a three-ring political circus they know will get favorable coverage from the liberal media so that they can discredit, and then undo the Bush tax cuts and other important elements of the Bush agenda.
And it’s even likely that Democrats – should they take over the House and Senate – will try to impeach President Bush.
Senator Russ Feingold has a measure pending on the Senate floor that would “censure” the President over his efforts to stop terrorism.
Just a few weeks ago on a national news program, Senator Durbin of Illinois, the second most powerful Democrat leader in the Senate, refused to rule out the eventual impeachment of President Bush.
The likely Democrat Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee (where impeachment begins), has already made it clear that he supports such action. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has already sponsored a resolution calling for an investigation with the clear aim of initiating impeachment proceedings against President Bush. Already, 35 Democrats plus Senate candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have signed on as cosponsors.
And this week on Meet The Press, House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi (who will likely become Speaker if Democrats take control of the House) said of the possibility of impeachment: “you never know where the facts take you.”
Well, I think it’s pretty clear where the Democrats will take us.
If Democrats control the House and Senate, there will be a series of irresponsible hearings, and President Bush will be impeached. That’s not the kind of “leadership” this country needs, and that’s one of the reasons we need your help to prevent Democrats from taking control of the Senate.
The Senate is our last line of defense against the ultra-liberal coalition of fringe groups and their friends in Congress. We cannot allow them to hijack the government and use it as a vehicle for their angry, revenge politics. Click here to read the Washington Post article I referred to, which spells out exactly what Democrats are preparing to do if they take control of Congress.
I hope you’ll forward this article to your friends, and spread the word about how important this election is. You can also learn more about the NRSC here and how to get involved the 2006 Senate races by clicking here.
National Republican Senatorial Committee