When News Analysis Goes Wrong
Politico’s spin-crunching machine busts a gear in this analysis of what Republicans are saying about Sen. Judd Gregg’s (R-N.H.) withdrawal of his nomination for commerce secretary.
Nevertheless, for a Republican Party desperately careening from message to message, from “Drill Baby Drill” to “The Future is Cao,” Gregg’s move has rallied the troops and provided them with a set of organizing principles around which to begin rebuilding their tattered brand—or at least to sully Obama’s sterling brand.
OK, I’ll ask: What organizing principles?
Before the Gregg withdrawal, Republicans were piling on the White House for trying to devolve some (not all) of the management of the Census from the Commerce Department to the White House. Is that the new Republican rallying cry? No, it’s another example of the party careening from message to message.
If 2010 rolls around and the GOP is running “Return full Census management responsibilities to the Department of Commerce!” ads in swing states, obviously, I’ll eat my words.