Monday, October 18, 2010

Republican Strategy for the 2010 Midterms and Beyond

Republicans may not have a plan for America in the 21st century and they most certainly do not have an environment strategy. However, conservatives do have a well financed, highly targeted strategy for defeating the Democrats in the November 2010 midterm elections and beyond.

The conservative approach is exemplified by Dick Morris, the Fox News spin master. Morris has a plan to control the Congress called Project 100.

Although Republicans only need to add 39 seats to gain control of the House of Representatives, the ambitious goal of Project 100 is for the Republicans to win 100 seats in this year's congressional elections. This type of mandate would definitively kill any hope of passing energy and climate legislation any time soon.

According to Jonathan Chait of The New Republic, the plan is much more ambitious. If Republicans win control of the House, they will not only stonewall the Democrats, they will also try to impeach President Obama. If they don't get the 67 Senate votes they need in 2010, and Obama wins a second term, “the House will vote to impeach him before he leaves office,” Chait wrote.

To help accomplish this goal, conservatives are targeting Democrats in constituencies where they are most vulnerable. The national committees and other outside donors are contributing heavily to influence the outcome of 50 key races. Project 100 is also selecting 50 "second-tier" races on which to focus their attack ads and other misinformation.

Tea party activists are working to defeat Democrats in the November elections, but they are already setting their sights on unseating several Republican senators in 2012. The targets are senators who have dared to work with the Obama administration, including Olympia Snowe and Richard Lugar.

Tea party activists are putting incumbents on notice that the bitter, divisive, anti-establishment sentiment defining this year’s politics will not end on Election Day 2010.

The stakes are high, a Republican victory on November 2nd 2010 will result in a legislative stalemate that is sure to ignore climate change.

Fueled by Tea Party outrage and propaganda machines like Fox News, the Republican strategy poses a very real threat to the environment.

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