Robert Stein 1924-2014

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Cracked Republican Coalition

As the McCain-Palin campaign veers Wild Westward, the GOP Eastern elite is dropping off the wagon train.

CNN reports a "conservative backlash" to McCain's mortgage proposal with the National Review deriding the plan as "creating a level of moral hazard that is unacceptable."

George Will says "the McCain-Palin campaign's attempt to get Americans to focus on Obama's Chicago associations seems surreal--or, as a British politician once said about criticism he was receiving, 'like being savaged by a dead sheep.'"

Peggy Noonan issues "a warning" to Republicans: "When your crowds go from 'I love you' to 'I hate the other guy,' you are in trouble, you are on a losing strain. Winning campaigns are built on love."

David Brooks observes that "no American politician plays the class-warfare card as constantly as Palin. Nobody so relentlessly divides the world between the 'normal Joe Sixpack American' and the coastal elite. She is another step in the Republican change of personality."

David Gergen goes from his CNN gig to the Colbert Report to repeat his warnings about Palin's stirring of racial hatred.

As the best Republican brains desert the McCain cause, he is in danger of being isolated among the yahoos and crackpots.


Jennifer said...

Robert, it's great to know you're still kicking! We would like to thank you for your generous tribute to William Peters (our father/ex-husband) upon his death last year. He didn't believe in an afterlife, but he did believe in journalism and hoped to be remembered for his work.
We live in Boulder, Colorado now. Mom has 11 grandchildren! We're all politically active. Gretchen Peters (our sister/daughter)is a singer/songwriter. Her hit song "Independence Day" about an abused woman was being used by the Palin campaign, so she's donating all royalties to Planned Parenthood in Palin's name. You can read about it in the LA Times at

Best to you and thanks again!
Jennifer Peters Johnson & Ann Peters

anonymous said...

This campaign frightens me. With all of the flak the McBush campaign is getting, the Obama/Biden ticket should win easily...accodiong to the polls. But, I fear the "Bradley factor" is at work in this country. I hope I'm wrong.