Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Repubs in big trouble, need to localize, says Mehlman
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Repubs in big trouble, need to localize, says Mehlman

Monday, May 8, 2006

This may be a national story, but it has serious local implications. From the Hotline blog:

RNC chairman Ken Mehlman, generally one of the party’s premiere strategic optimists, warned GOP state chairs that the party would lose seats at every level of government.

Not “if” they didn’t do X,Y, or GOTV. But “would lose,” period. The task for state chairs: use lessons learned from ‘04 to flush out the Republican base as much as possible.

The corollary: the more Republicans confront Pres. Bush, the more they localize national sentiment, which in turn could provoke a higher turnout among independents, which in turn could cost the party even more House, Senate and GOV seats.

What Mehlman and WH pol dir Sara Taylor didn’t say — but what all state chairs know — is that the politics of nastiness generally turns off persuadable voters. So expect the marginal races this year to be quite nasty.

The upshot: the more the national landscape is framed as 435 local elections, the better it looks for Republicans. The GOP will stay on track by focusing on good defense by leveraging their state-by-state fundamentals, which Mehlman, Taylor and many state chairs asserted were strong.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Cook Dem - Monday, May 8, 06 @ 4:21 pm:

    So in other words, Peter Roskam, Dave McSweeney, Mark Kirk and Andrea Zinga will all run nasty campaigns filled with mud slinging, lies and distortion to suppress independents and cater to the most extreme voters of the right wing to win their races this year?

    This is a new strategy for Republicans he says?

    Sounds like more of the same. Good thing voters look like they want change this year.

  2. - true republican - Monday, May 8, 06 @ 4:39 pm:

    Maybe Mehlman should be careful in Illinois, because with the republican crew led by Eddie Vrdolak, with his partners Ron Serpico, Tom Walsh,Maureen Murphy, and Liz Gorman,all republican canididates in Cook County will lose. Mehlman should ask the party to strip these individuals of there republican membership and tell them to back to the democrats, because we would rather lose without them then to win with them!

  3. - Crank-tankerous - Monday, May 8, 06 @ 7:09 pm:

    Illinois Republicans will lose ground this year because they’ve already ceded it!

    This ties directly to Rich’s thread on Stu Umholtz. Stu is a bright guy who has done a fine job as a state’s attorney………..his campaign for attorney general is going nowhere PRECISELY BECAUSE his party has cast him adrift with virtually no money and no support.

    Ditto that for Dan Rutherford, Carole Pankau, and Christine Redogno………..all missing in action, no? (Extra credit for naming the offices they’re running for!)

    What kind of mixed message do we have here? Mehlman goes dire, yet the Illinois Repubs have already conceded four statewide offices (or maybe three, if Alexi does the Blair Hull/Jack Ryan thing). Go figure.

    To borrow from Blago’s attack ads…….”what are they thinking?”

  4. - Disgusted - Monday, May 8, 06 @ 8:10 pm:

    Am I wrong or does it seem that the Illinois Repubs are holding back. I don’t understand the state Repub legislators when they sit back and take it and take it from the likes of Blagojevich. Someone in the Repub party needs to grow some really big ones and get in the Democrat faces about the wreckage we can presently call this state. Just get in there and fight dirty. When what Blago does or suggests is wrong, call him at his office and tell him why it’s wrong and don’t make suggestions to fix it for him. Just tell him he’s wrong, period.

    He is allowed to run rampant throughout the state, foisting his costly schemes on everyone because of what? - Fear?? I guarantee that given the way most people south of I-80 and in state government and who are at the non-receiving end of provider payments will love you for it. They will vote for you and against him and will make sure their friends and relatives do so also.

    The governor has proven time and again that he cannot be trusted by written word or deed. Just get in his face and make his life miserable. You may be surprised at the result.

    By the way, Rich Mehlman reminds me of a used car salesman. Can’t we do better than this bombastic individual?

  5. - Bill Baar - Monday, May 8, 06 @ 8:31 pm:

    Mehlman bombastic? Pretty mild looking guy compared to Dean.

    This won’t be 400 + local races… I’m listening to Gen Hayden from Jan of this year on c-span… Rove is hoping it will be Dems holding up his nomination to CIA so we can hear him tell us over and over why it’s important to intecept phone calls from terrorists… Hayden is good… if that’s what those 400+ local elections become, R’s win hands down.

  6. - PatriotUSA - Monday, May 8, 06 @ 9:06 pm:

    I don’t think the REPUBLICAN party exists! Somewhere along the line they have lost the desire to fight and have gone home to their mama. Mama, they don’t play fair… boo hoo… mama, they stuck their finger in my eye… boo hoo.. mama, he called me a name… boo hoo.. mama, he picked up a stick and swung it at me.. boo hoo.. mama, he has more hair than me.. boo friggin’ hoo… Get a spine dudes or its over!!!

  7. - Truthful James - Tuesday, May 9, 06 @ 9:30 am:

    Mehlman is as full of crap as a Christmas pinata. He is a creature of Karl Rove whose main job in Illinois is to protect his college buddy, Bob Kjellander.

    His strategy appears to want to move around the conservative base of the Republican Party, leaving them as islands in a Republican tide. It will not work. He puts the Republican nominees in 6th and 8th Cong. Districts in jeopardy — and in so doing makes more likely a Democrat majority in the next House.

  8. - SenorAnon - Tuesday, May 9, 06 @ 10:37 am:

    Bill B., the early voices against Hayden include those of fellas named Hastert, Chambliss and Hoekstra. Check your congressional roster - them dudes ain’t Democrats…

  9. - the Patriot - Tuesday, May 9, 06 @ 12:33 pm:

    Where was Mr. Mehlman when we could have had a Republican candidate for Gov who supported the values of those who have stuck with the President even through hard times and staunch criticism.

    The problem in this state has not changed. The party leaders are more interested in their state wide ambitions then the party or the state as a whole. McKenna is just building favors so no one will work against him just like judy did.

    We need a chairmen who is just the chairmen, not someone warming up for something else.

    Let me break it this way, Judy don’t like the President. The RNC gave no help in finding a conservative Gov candidate and now wants us to jump up to help turn the state Red by 2008. We were there for you Ken, but you bailed on us and gave us Judy.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Illinois will remain in Crosscheck for now
* Maybe practice what you preach, JB?
* After claiming Madigan was on a "descent into madness," Ives now pledges different approach
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Question of the day
* Rauner's Madigan schtick wearing thin with the... Kankakee Daily Journal?
* Crain's kills off reader comments
* Freudian slip?
* In mad scramble to deal with opioid crisis, many mistakes are being made
* New sexual harassment laws derided as toothless
* Chuy Garcia to endorse Berrios opponent, and other campaign news
* *** UPDATED x1 - Preckwinkle responds *** Stroger says he's running against Preckwinkle
* Local 150 and Dan Proft: The enemy of my enemy is my friend
* Southern publishes scathing editorial on "bizarre" Rauner press conference
* BGA: At least 35 reported leaks at nuke plants in ten years
* New York Senator endorses Lipinski's Democratic opponent
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...





* Lawmaker Exodus..
* Government's role at the heart of Illinois race.....
* Local 150, Republican activist gang up against .....

* Illinois DNR to landowners: Do homework before selling trees
* Police board overrules superintendent, will review 2012 case
* 2 men serving life sentences for rape, murder released
* Ex-Chicago officer who shot at teens gets 5-year sentence
* Lawsuit against Hastert alleging sexual assault dismissed
* Final report analyzes options for controversial oil pipeline
* Lawsuit against Hastert alleging sexual assault dismissed
* Illinois to stay in much-criticized voter database for now
* Chicago plans to sue US Steel over Indiana plant's spills
* Coal City man pleads not guilty in woman's shooting death

* House task force to review sexual harassment
* Electric cars, better fuel efficiency spell doom for Illinois gas tax
* Springfield wants out of legislation limiting payments for 5G antennas
* Fact check: Are Gov. Rauner's grandparents immigrants?
* Londrigan accused of attacking Davis for 'opposite' of remarks
* Gov. Rauner signs sex harassment legislation
* Under the Dome Podcast: Governor's race, sexual harassment, Rodney Davis
* Macoupin Co. highway renamed in honor of soldier who died in Vietnam
* Macoupin Co. highway renamed in honor of solder who died in Vietnam
* Schoenburg: Rep. Davis leads new caucus, pleased with White House access

* Illinois to stay in controversial voter database for now
* Wirtz family in deal to form $12 billion liquor distributor
* Todd Stroger wants his old job back
* UIC may absorb John Marshall Law School

* Judge permanently blocks Trump sanctuary cities order
* The Fantasy Fool: Big producers can become mortal fast
* Person fatally shot in Palos Heights
* US ending temporary permits for almost 60,000 Haitians
* 28-year-old man shot in Humboldt Park
* Family sues Six Flags over ‘savage’ attack during Fright Fest
* Crash involving hazardous materials in McKinley Park hospitalizes 4
* Judge orders memorabilia huckster held in jail
* Zach LaVine gets the thumbs up and has first contact practice in LA
* Round Lake Park police investigate death of seven-week old baby girl

* Report: Rep. John Conyers settled complaint over sexual conduct
* Federal judge permanently blocks Trump's executive order to cut funding to sanctuary cities
* Air Force pilot dead, another injured after plane crash in Texas
* Jana Novotna, remembered for tears of sadness and then joy at Wimbledon, dies at 49
* Trump says U.S. will declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror
* Police: 1 man killed in Palos Heights shooting
* 1 killed, dozens injured in explosions, fire at upstate New York cosmetics factory
* Police investigating death of 7-week-old girl in Round Lake Park
* A Border Patrol agent is dead in Texas, but the circumstances remain murky
* 1 dead 4 wounded following shootings

» How Chicago’s New Budget Could Affect You In 2018 — And Beyond
» How A Chicago Cop Sentenced To Prison Could Affect The Jason Van Dyke Trial
» Illinois Lawmaker's Plan To Combat Opioid Abuse With Cannabis
» Black Lives Matter Takes On Hunger With New Food Box
» State Week: Are Voters Thinking About 2018?
» Legislative Checklist: Veto Session
» How 3 Women Want To Make Illinois’ Political Future Female
» Illinois Supreme Court Weighing Seizure Of Woman’s Harley
» Illinois Supreme Court Weighing Seizure Of Woman's Harley
» Statehouse Ethical Issues Might Need Outside Oversight, Legislators Say

* Marc A. Thiessen: Trump should make sure Roy Moore drops out
* House task force to review sexual harassment
* Rex Huppke: Moment of reckoning for swinish behavior is here
* George Will: In Illinois, a looming battle over the bankrupting 'blue model'
* Bernard Schoenburg: Ives says Rauner joined 'ruling class' he was to fight
* Statehouse Insider: Republican primary for governor underway
* Doubek: For harassment and beyond, Springfield needs stronger accountability
* Jim Dixon: It is time for a fair tax for Illinois
* Our View: It’s time for decision on YWCA block
* Electric cars, better fuel efficiency spell doom for Illinois gas tax

* Carbondale Police car involved in wreck
* Honeywell announces plans to idle Metropolis plant, reduce workforce by 170 positions
* UPDATE: St. Joseph man charged with DUI in I-74 wreck
* Judge denies temporary restraining order to halt Cambria TIF district
* Five at 5: Illinois announces Butkus statue, Missouri games and 4 other stories you should see
* Charles Manson, whose cult slayings horrified world, dies
* At the holidays, HUD's confusing letter telling Cairo residents to move 'immediately' met with frustration
* Boil order issued in Murphysboro
* Union County discussions continue on early retirement incentive plan
* Smith: 'Can't complain about the effort'

* Hoffman Estates starts with victory over Hersey
* Ryan's 2 TD passes enough as Falcons hold off Seahawks 34-31
* Lane Tech leaps past Leyden in fourth quarter
* Report: Rep. Conyers settled complaint over sexual conduct
* McDonald's plans to tear down Des Plaines replica restaurant

* 3 suburban GOP reps provide crucial votes ...
* Panel encourages women to consider careers...
* Congressman: Welcome change at top of cons...
* Geneva Chamber honors Gaines for 40 years ...
* DOJ to ban US lawmakers should Duterte ord...
* US lawmakers to Duterte: 'Sovereignty does...
* Local Congressmen React to the Passage of ...
* Hultgren whishes McHenry County College a ...
* Hultgren and Ruppersberger: Protect infras...
* This RSS feed URL is deprecated

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* Todd Stroger is back....
* Japanese American Service Committee Holds Holiday Delight Festival
* New Laurels To Rest On
* Kyle Kinane at Thalia Hall and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week
* Opioids In The Iditarod
* Lessons from a century of communism
* Di Leo: One Seat in a Hundred - the Alabama Special Election
* Trump's Secret Weapon Against A Free Press
* The Weekend In Chicago Rock
* Illinois House candidate calls for reforms: 'There's no more money; people are leaving'

* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

* iPhone X 2018 may go dual-SIM, HomePod Delays & more – Pocketnow Daily
* Google working on Swift, support branch found with mysterious Fuchsia OS
* Verizon Wear24 smartwatch resurrected on eBay for just $129.99
* Alcatel Idol 5S down to $200, A30 to $60 from Thanksgiving
* Android Messages updated with Google Wallet cash transfers
* Nokia 2 sales on from today at Amazon and they’re hot
* U.S. Justice Department Files Lawsuit to Block Merger Between AT&T and Time Warner

* White Sox add five to 40-man roster, remove two
* Sox add top prospect Jimenez to 40-man
* Thome joins Hall hopefuls in 1st time on ballot
* Podcast: The calm before the storm
* New Prolight 59Fifty Spring Training caps are in
* White Sox Arizona Fall League recap
* Hello spring: Schedules are out

Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller