by Evert Cilliers aka Adam Ash
Al Franken once complained that Democratic policies cannot be summed up in short bumper stickers, like the Republicans can sum up their entire philosophy in “cut taxes, shrink government.”
Well, here are a few bumper stickers with which to attack Republicans and beat them senseless.
But first, a word about Karl Rove, who is some kind of campaign genius. After all, he took George W. Bush, a mediocre 1% guy with a 99% demeanor, and first had him beat Ann Richards to become governor of Texas, then beat Al Gore to become president. And then he got a second term for Bush, the worst president in modern history, if not in all of history.
One of the genius insights of Karl Rove as a campaign guru was to attack your opponent's strengths instead of his weaknesses.
So what are the GOP's perceived strengths? What do they like to trumpet about themselves?
1. Republicans are very patriotic. America first, always and everywhere. Republicans are the real Americans.
2. Republicans are very religious. Republicans are good Christians.
3. Republicans are fiscally responsible (certainly not an actual strength, but a perceived one).
4. Republicans stand for a strong military defense.
5. Republicans stand for personal freedom.
6. Republicans are against big government.
7. Republicans like to cut taxes.
8. Republicans are very macho. Republicans are real men.
How can these strengths be attacked?