Judging by his language and previous columns, Myles Spicer is a liberal of some stripe. But he has just had a flash of insight: the Sailer Strategy could work. What's really behind the GOP's rejection of health-care reform MinnPost.com Monday August 24 2009 splutters:
Lately I have been baffled by some actions of the Republicans that appeared to be self-defeating and strategically dangerous. Now I think I have a clearer understanding of their motives, strategy and goals - as well as the reasons for their adamant stand on health-care reform.
Rehearsing the conventional view of America's demographic future, Spicer goes on:
Given these facts, it would seem like suicide for the Republican senators to...offend (Hispanics)... But maybe not, if their strategy is to concede that group to the Democrats and focus their efforts on their white right base. Clearly, that is what they have done...
The view, I believe, is that if they can "lock and load" that hard core group, deepen and widen it a bit, and motivate members of this group to hit the polls in extremely large numbers, they can win elections over the more sanguine and less motivated electorate in the coming elections. Using tactics that combine fear and fiction, they seem to be gaining some traction with this approach.
Naturally, this appalls Spicer, and he wistfully quotes from a Time article from a MSM-favored "GOP Consultant" Michael Murphy, whose brilliant idea is that Republicans should win by becoming Democrats. Spicer sadly concludes
...it is obvious that is not the direction the GOP is taking. Indeed, it is quite the opposite - do not make the tent "bigger," make it smaller but with a reliable base it can count on to be vocal, energetic and to vote. ...the question remains, will it work? Maybe - if half of Americans do not vote (as they have in past elections); if the minorities who came out to vote for Obama stay home now that the euphoria of a black president has passed; if the young voters return to their habit of staying away from the polls; if the GOP fear tactics gain traction; and if the GOP has sufficiently rallied its base to the level Republicans believe can win elections.
As Peter Brimelow has frequently pointed out, in the South the Republicans overcome daunting demographics by turning out the white vote. This was how Jesse Helms was able to make his wonderful contribution to American history. The only problem with the strategy is that it will make the Michael Murphy types uncomfortable on the DC cocktail circuit.