Issues, we don’t need no stinkin’ issues

This from Saturday is really quite striking:

Sometime after Labor Day, HouseMinority Leader John A. Boehnerplans to unveil a blueprint of what Republicans will do if they take back control of the chamber. He promises it will be a full plate of policy proposals that will give voters a clear sense of how they would govern.

But will Republicans actually want to run on those ideas — or any ideas? Behind the scenes, many are being urged to ignore the leaders and do just the opposite: avoid issues at all costs.  [emphasis mine]

Sadly, I think this is actually the smart strategy.  Clearly, Republicans have nothing to offer but tax cuts and the policies which were oh, so successful under Bush; so they are better off just letting the economy bring Democrats down.  That, of course, won’t stop them from claiming their midterm gains are from their “agenda.”  Here’s a prediction: whatever this Republican blueprint looks like, it will simply boil down to tax cuts and less government regulation.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

One Response to Issues, we don’t need no stinkin’ issues

  1. John says:

    I’m already watching this play out here in the California gubernatorial race. From what I can tell apparently Meg Whitman’s platform consists of the following:”Jerry Brown is a gullible hippy and is solely to blame for California’s sad economy” and “I ran ebay”. I have no idea what she intends to do. Oh wait, she said she intends to “drive an agenda”… The agenda in question appears to be a surprise for after the election.

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