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Rarely do politicians speak the truth. So, in a way, this is refreshing and kind of unusual.....
“We will lose on legislation. But we will win the message war every day, and every week, until November 2010,” said Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., an outspoken conservative who has participated on the GOP message teams. “ Our goal is to bring down approval numbers for [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and for House Democrats. That will take repetition. This is a marathon, not a sprint.” Source
According to McHenry, the GOP "message", whatever it is, is meant to bring "down approval numbers" for Democrats. It would seem that the GOP "message" isn't some constructive informational kind of thing, you know, like fresh ideas on how to deal with the nation's problems. Rather, the "message", the one that will take a marathon of "repetition" to get out, isn't for the sake of driving GOP favorability numbers up. It's for the sake of driving "down approval numbers" of Democrats.
So the GOP "message" is destructive, in purpose, rather than constructive.
During the Mark Foley 'e-mail-dirty-talk-with-House-underage-pages scandal, Patrick McHenry was actively working as a GOP Ministry of Truth messenger. Here he is in 2006 getting the Republican Party "message" out on CNN.....
McHenry didn't have any, you know, evidence of what he was accusing Pelosi and Emmanuel of doing then. But he had a "message", and he sought to get it out. The message then was, 'don't look at Mark Foley and what he was doing seducing underage House pages, look at Pelosi and Emmanuel, who, though I don't have any evidence, were hiding those Foley-to-pages e-mails, saving them for just before the 2006 midterms.'
The "message" of McHenry's GOP during the Foley scandal wasn't really a message at all, it was an attempt to disinform, distract, muddy the waters, change the subject, and when necessary, lie.
There was no question of the wrongness of Mark Foley's e-mail seduction efforts directed toward underage House pages. The GOP "message" during that time should have been that what Foley did was wrong, unacceptable. The GOP "message" should have only been one of accepting responsibility and being held accountable for one's actions. Instead, the GOP "message" was to blame Democrats.
And that is precisely what Patrick McHenry intends again with his recent "win the message war" comment. 60% of voters, of course, already know that the GOP's "message" isn't made up of new and improved ideas to help the nation. 60% of voters, having experienced Mr. TurdBlossom's messaging for years, realize that the GOP has nothing to offer except the "old politics" of slash and burn and personal destruction. Sleazeball politics.
That's what Mr. McHenry is telling us we should be on the lookout for in the future, repeatedly, from GOP messengers. Sleazeball, disinformational, distractive, and dishonest "messages" meant to drag down majority Democrats.
Why? Why is the promised GOP "message" only destructive in nature?
Mitch McConnell answers......
"But it's clear our (constructive) message isn't getting out to nearly as many people as it should. We need to give voters who've turned away a reason to take another look.
"Republicans need to explain that when it comes to government spending, it should be limited. (against stimulus) And the taxpayer's burden is our first concern, (more tax cuts) and that we support programs that create the conditions for individuals and families to flourish.(eliminate social programs) On education, we need to explain that inner-city parents have the same rights to a good education for their kids that suburban parents do -- and show them that Republicans will fight this battle until it's won.(dismantle public schools through voichers)
"Workers need to know that we're not anti-union -- we're pro employee. (they're anti-union) That means that when it comes to union elections, Republicans will protect a worker's right to a secret ballot. (employees have no right to choose) On healthcare, we need to explain to people that the best health care in the world is worthless if people can't afford it -- and that Republican policies will drive down costs.(free the market plus health savings accounts for the wealthy)
The reason McHenry has to go all-in with a destructive, tear down the Democrats, "message"....is because the constructive "message" of the GOP,.....Republican policy,.....has been so thoroughly rejected by the voters.
Blowing sh*t up is all they have left.