About looking in the mirror...

NRCC Chairman Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) on last night's catastrophic loss of a deep red Mississippi House seat to the Dems:
He added: "A large segment of the American public doesn't have confidence in the Republican Party to deal with the issues in front of us. What we have to do is look in the mirror bit and ask how we lost our way."

Cole defended the use of NRCC ads trying to tie Democratic candidates to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), saying this approach will produce results for Republicans in the long run.
This is beyond frustrating. Cole looked in the mirror and somehow saw Barack Obama there? Generally, when one looks in a mirror they see themselves, not scapegoats. When the only campaign strategy you have is to tie candidates to Obama (or Hate-monger Wright, or Clinton, or any other boogeyman) you lose.

If the House GOP leadership were serious about winning elections, they'd cut pork (whether or not the House Dems agreed), have Rep. Jeff Flake as the ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, and use principled leadership to win seats.

Oh, and once again, not propping up kleptocrats like Don Young would help.

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