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Painting The Map Red

Thursday, March 30, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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Regnery has made a chapter of the new book available on line, and after hearing the reactions my analysis prompted today, I am certain you will want to read it all.

Order it here.

On Hannity & Colmes last night, and before a Heritage Foundation audience (filmed for C-SPAN broadcast in April), long time Democratic strategist Bob Beckel repeatedly declared that after having read my excellent book twice, he is hoping the GOP adopts all of my suggestions.

When was the last time a Democratic strategist leveled with an audience over the best interests of the Republican Party? Beckel, a very affable fellow, knows that the book is the blueprint, a conclusion I think almost everyone I had a chance to talk with today agreed upon.

I want to persuade you to persuade other GOP base voters and through all of us the party leadership that this has to be a campaign in support of the president and one that rests on a full throated defense of the war, of the military, of the judicial appointments, of religious faith and of marriage.

If the GOP stays stuck on stupid –spinning away on side issues and running away from W– we can lose both the House and the Senate.

What do the Super Bowl III Jets, the 1980 Team USA Hockey squad at Lake Placid and the Congressional Democrats of 2006 share in common?

The widespread belief among observors that none of them could win it all.

In a 24 hour period that included interviews with H&C, Chris Matthews, Tucker Carlson (later tonight), CBN and the consummate professional Wolf Blitzer, as well as sessions with think tank staffers and a half-dozen Members and their staffs it is obvious that the feeling of GOP malaise is widespread, fueled by the bitter debate over immigration law.

But it was also obvious that the moment the focus is put back on the Democrats –as it was by Fred Barnes, Frank Gaffney and me at the Heritage event– the momentum shifts and dramatically so. Bob B. ended our time together unable to mount a defense of the national security reliability of the Dems other than the “people grow in office” argument.

Which isn’t an argument. It is a concession.

If the problem is the war, the solution can’t be the Democrats.

If the problem is illegal immigration, the solution can’t be the Democrats.

If the problem is religious freedom, the defense of marriage, or any aspect of the economy, the solution can’t be the Democrats.

It isn’t too late to turn this cycle into one of solid gains for the GOP, but the effort has to be disciplined, and it has to begin now.

Get the book and get one for a friend who is mildly or even greatly dismayed with the GOP.

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