Spongebob, Patrick and Squidward in “Opposite Day”
Beth Miller and Mike Chalmers wrote an article for Sunday’s The News Journal about the large number of voters who were switching the party affiliation to Democrat. Since more than 4,000 people have changed their party affiliation in the last two months, chances are you know someone who has.
There are two main reasons given for the switch to the Democratic Party: the Delaware gubernatorial primary and George Bush.
John Clatworthy, a Republican, says that “this is about as bad of an environment as I’ve seen our party in the last 15 years.” Though I’ll give Clathworthy the benefit of the doubt that he actually liked the Gingrich Revolution of ’94, I’d actually go back to the Summer of 1973 during the Congressional hearings about Watergate. I believe things are that dismal.
Sidebar: The News Journal identified John Clatworthy as a member of the Republican Party’s executive committee, but according to the Delaware GOP site, Clatworthy is not a member of the 2006-2008 Republican Executive Committee.
I believe Andrew Roos, Jack Markell’s campaign manager hit the nail on the head. He “believes much of the switch is a ‘hangover’ from the February visit of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama as well as the unpopularity of the Bush administration.” Though I wouldn’t describe the Obama Effect as a hangover, I do believe Obama is energizing a large number of people about the possibilities for the future of our county, something we haven’t seen since JFK and Reagan.
George Bush’s popularity has been in a steady decline except for the 30% who can see no wrong in their Republican leader. Like their loyal followers, could the Republican Party be in decline because their leader sees nothing wrong? As the President recently said, “I think 2008 is going to be a fabulous year for the Republican Party!”
Why don’t we let President Bush gives us a review of the last seven years that have led up to the fabulous 2008.
And I want to spend a little time talking about that, but I want to remind you, this is not the first time since I’ve been the President that we have faced economic challenges. We inherited a recession. And then there was the attacks of September the 11th, 2001, which many of you saw firsthand, and you know full well how that affected our economy. And then we had corporate scandals. And I made the difficult decisions to confront the terrorists and extremists in two major fronts, Afghanistan and Iraq. And then we had devastating natural disasters. And the interesting thing, every time, this economy has bounced back better and stronger than before.
So, if you are a Republican stalwart or operative pay no attention to the people leaving your party in droves, stop gnashing your teeth and stop chewing your nails. Remember that 2008 should be a fabulous year for the Republicans, just as long is 2008 is opposite year.