At yesterday's RNC meeting:
"We are going to take this president on with class. We are going to take this president on with dignity," Steele said. "This will be a very sharp and marked contrast to the shabby and classless way that the Democrats and the far left spoke of President Bush."
... After Republican state party chairmen meet Tuesday and Wednesday, the full RNC will attempt to convene Wednesday for a special meeting aimed at passing new
resolutions, including one asking Democrats to rename their party the "Democrat-Socialist Party."
Today the AP reports that:
Jeff Kent, a Washington state Republican, has spearheaded the effort to rebrandSo, the dead-ender Republicans are going to compromise and go foward by not doing anything differently. They'll keep right on refering to Democrats as socialists. And, according to RNC Chair Steel, they're no longer going to apologize for the things they've never apologized for.
the Democratic Party as "Socialist Democrat," combining a label associated with
governments of U.S. rivals such as Venezuela with a term some Republicans use to
Some party leaders described the resolution as "stupid" and "absurd," and have pushed to avoid a public flap by compromising with milder language that would simply criticize Democrats for what they call socialist tendencies.
Apparently, the Republicans plan is to change by not doing anything differently.
So, it's not surprising that:
Yesterday, Gallup released a study comparing the change in Republican party ID
among voters (those who who identify or lean GOP) from 2001 to 2009. Gallup
found that the party has lost support in 25 of 26 demographic categories (e.g.,
race, sex, geography, education, income and so on — see the graphic below) in
the last eight years.