Frank Rich delivers a lengthy dissection of the problems facing the GOP in rebuilding but starts off with this excellent sledge, one which Leighton Smith will appreciate.
Itâ€™s gotten so gloomy that at theÂ annual House Republican retreatÂ just before Inauguration Day in January, the motivational speakers included the executive who turned around Dominoâ€™s Pizza and the first blind man to reach the top of Mount Everest. Were the GOP a television network, it would be fifth-place NBC, falling not only behind its traditional competitors but Univision.Â
Every postelection poll, with the possible exception of any conducted in Dick Morrisâ€™s bunker, finds that voters favor the Democratsâ€™ positions on virtually every major issue, usually by large margins: immigration reform, gun restrictions, abortion rights, gay marriage, climate change, raising the minimum wage, and the need for higher tax revenue to accompany spending cuts in any deficit-reduction plan. Given that losing hand, whatâ€™s a party to do? Itâ€™s far easier for NBC to cancelÂ Smashthan for the GOP to give the hook to an elected official like Steve Stockman, the Texas congressman whose guest at the State of the Union was the rocker turned NRA spokesman Ted Nugent, best known for telling the president toÂ â€śsuck on my machine gun.â€ť