The missing Republican base | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, November 25, 2006

The missing Republican base

Posted By on Sat, Nov 25, 2006 at 7:09 AM

Doug Thompson of Stephens Media offers another election analysis. Key point: The "business Republican" deserted Republican candidates for Democrats like Mike Beebe.

The standard GOP game plan - which the party needs to change, by the way - is to do an advertising blitz to paint your opponent as a tax and spend liberal without values.

There were three problems with that GOP game plan this year. First, Arkansas Democrats had far more money, meaning they could define themselves. Second, the game plan is utterly predictable. If USC ran the same play on every down, Arkansas would have beaten them by now. Finally, you can't paint your opponent as a tax and spend liberal when he clearly has business support while you clearly don't.

 

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