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GOP Can Boomerang “Extremism” on Dems as Closing Message

Posted on Thursday, November 3, 2022
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AMAC Exclusive – By Seamus Brennan

In the closing days of campaign season, Republicans have unmistakably retained single issue superiority at almost every level—particularly given crippling levels of inflation, the worst border crisis in American history, and skyrocketing crime rates. But to be most effective in winning over voters, GOP candidates’ closing message ought to explain why Democrat members of Congress and state-level officeholders would vote so completely in favor of policies that have generated these crises. In other words, Republicans need to give voters what they crave most—context, and a narrative to accompany it.

The GOP should make explicit what voters implicitly know—and Democrats, in the ultimate political boomerang, have handed them precisely the catchword to explain it. For the bulk of the campaign cycle, rather than focusing on the multitude of issues on the minds of ordinary American citizens, Democrats have opted to highlight the supposed “extremism” of Republicans as a last-ditch effort to circumvent a much-anticipated red wave. Seen most memorably in Joe Biden’s now-infamous September 1 remarks in Philadelphia all the way up to his Wednesday speech at Washington’s Union Station, in which he indignantly smeared half the country as an existential “threat to democracy” (again) and virtually declared Republican voters to be enemies of the state, Democrats have spared no effort in leveling charges of extremism against their political opponents. But although Democrats may have first injected the “extremism” theme into the campaign, in the closing days and weeks of the election season, the tables have turned—and the left’s groundless charges of “extremism” can serve as the political boomerang Republicans can use to cement their congressional majorities on Tuesday.

It is no surprise that President Donald Trump has adopted the “extremism” theme at many of his recent signature rallies. And as he and other party leaders have been quick to point out, the left’s extremist streak extends far beyond just the economy and the border crisis. A recent Trafalgar/AMAC Newsline poll found that a staggering 93.2 percent of Hispanic voters reject the Biden administration’s gender lunacy, and surveys show that hot-button cultural issues like Critical Race Theory continue to drive voter backlash against liberal politicians. But unlike Democrats, Republicans have by and large refused to recognize the political potency of the “extremist” word—and at their own peril.

One conservative group, however, did pick up the “extremism” theme in the late summer. In a series of TV ads targeted against five incumbent Senate Democrats in New York, Arizona, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Nevada, a conservative Super PAC brought the “extremism” theme to the forefront of midterm campaign rhetoric. The ads display an image of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and other members of “The Squad” with the headline “CORRUPT BARGAIN,” suggesting that the far-left wing of the Democrat Party and its billionaire donors have scared Senate Democrats like Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) into pivoting further to the left than their constituents wanted. Labeling each candidate as Joe Biden’s “key enabler” who votes with the president nearly 100 percent of the time, the ads castigate each incumbent as the “deciding vote in the Senate” who had the power to stop any number of Biden-induced disasters but refused to do so.

“It’s very important to control the word ‘extremist,’” said George Landrith, president of the group. “The ‘extremist’ charge really cracks the code against Democrats… for the simple reason it’s the truth and the truth actually works in politics. Democrats’ voting records, Landrith continued, show that they “cared more about the approval of the media and the left-wingers who threatened [them] with a primary than that of [their] constituents.” These figures, despite how hard they may try, can’t claim to be moderates, Landrith insisted.

The ad first drew national attention when it was hailed by one conservative news outlet as the “greatest campaign ad of all time.” The Arizona media similarly credited the spot for “reviving” Republican senatorial candidate Blake Masters’ campaign. The ad has since been featured by the New Hampshire Journal and was tweeted by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters has himself adopted the PAC’s “extremist” theme.

As the ad suggests, Democrats’ leftward lurch in recent years can be largely accredited to Ocasio-Cortez’s subtle primary threats. But also important is her broader influence on Schumer and the entire Democratic Senate caucus—as seen when she famously did not rule out a 2022 primary challenge against the Senate Majority Leader. In the opinion of many, this led a frightened Schumer—who knew how many of his fellow New York Democrats have fallen to progressive challengers—to subsequently embrace the no-holds-barred extremism that has come to define the Democratic congressional agenda.

Since the ad began its five-state run in August, polls in key Senate races have continued to tighten—particularly in Arizona and New Hampshire, and even in New York, where Schumer has barely managed to cross the crucial 50 percent threshold. With just days to go before Election Day, it remains clear that Democrats never had a compelling midterm strategy—even after Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s (D-VA) loss to Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) last November. Should Republican candidates continue to drive this point home and wield the “extremist” charge in the waning days of the campaign, they could soon find that their majorities in the House and Senate will be far greater than they could have possibly expected.

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PaulE
PaulE
1 year ago

LOL!!! While I completely agree with the author of this article on what the Republicans should do to close on a high note that just lays out the sharp contrasts between voting Republican versus Democrat in terms the average person can relate to, the odds that the Republican leadership is going to mount a coordinated, concise, full court press across all candidate races leading up to the election’s final hours of campaigning is ZERO. Nice thought though.

While the Democrats have literally handed the Republicans what should have been the easiest midterm election win since 2010, the Republicans, with the exception of most of the new candidates and some folks up for re-election, literally seem to have put no real effort into it beyond reciting the same old talking points that have been around for years and years. Only in the last month has RNC leadership apparently realized they could actually sweep both chambers of Congress, if they applied a little effort. Once again, too slow off the mark and too late to change direction now.

In all honesty, by now we should be looking at most Republicans being up almost double digits over their respective Democrat candidates across the board. The Democrats can’t defend their own policies and some are literally claiming they never suported the very policies that got them elected in 2020. Yet, like always, developing a clear, concise, coordinated message to a public obviously unhappy with 21 months of Democrat rule is something RNC leadership just can’t seem to master. So with less than a week to go before elections, it is a little late to expect Republican leadership to do something they haven’t been able to master in decades.

Rhoda
Rhoda
1 year ago

Agree with PaulE. The RNC leadership is too entrenched and comfortable with “going along to get along.” McConnell and the “old guard” need to go. The new America First candidates are hitting the nail on the head with constituents. Many of them are young, new to politics, and promise to bring new life to the Republican party. All the more power to them.

johnh
johnh
1 year ago

Article states that Biden enablers voted 100% with Biden all the time. But, it appears that Trump bashed any Republican that did not vote 100% with him also. What I am saying is that both parties are guilty of intimidation/bullying their own party members if they do not stay in line with party. It appears very likely that Republicans will control both House & Senate after mid-term election next week and therefore , we will be able to see if they can force Biden to do what is best for America.

johnh
johnh
1 year ago

Looks like the total voters in mid-term might set a new record this year. The 2020 election was something like 79-million Biden & 74-million Trump popular votes, and I come up with 153-million popular votes cast in 2020. Any comments on this????

Feudal Yeoman
Feudal Yeoman
1 year ago

It’s always staggering how ALL of the scientific polls always suddenly swing in one direction, just as election day closes in?
In other news, 87% of respondents have been reported to the FBI as Domestic Terrorists for daring to question our Truth. We must Save Democracy!

Henker
Henker
1 year ago

The amount and degree of corruption, influence peddling, and lying all taking place under the dopey guidance of The Big Guy, Joe “Fingers” Biden is truly astonishing. The late 1960’s and 70’s were just a dress rehearsal for today’s Luciferic Politicians.

Philias
Philias
1 year ago

Hitler was a facist. He was a socialist. Progressive is a socialist facist the final step to be communist. The far left facist have to create anarchy in order to be successful in destroying our constitution. Democracy is a communist word. The United States is a constitutional republic. A republic is several countries ( states) formed for the common defense of our countries ( states).Remember true communists hate Christians, Jews, Muslims, and anybody else who believes in God.The hatred for God comes from Satan. Please vote against these satanic sympathizers.

Sam
Sam
1 year ago

The GOP lacks the nerve to do what needs to be done, IMHO. Stand up for themselves, and by extension, US?! Nah. “The Swamp” is where too many of these cretins lurk.

Richard
Richard
1 year ago

This boomerang no doubt should hit the democrats between the eyes if not the back of their head.

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