Tomasky is pretty much correct that the initial Republican reaction to the defeat will be to couch the same unpopular, pro-plutocratic policies in language that sounds as if they care about poor people. Obviously, the “there’s no dirtier pool than saying that a Republican candidate believes the stuff in the Republican platform and the Ryan budget” stratagem is one manifestation of this. I’m also reminded of the Bush years. You may remember Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson being talked about as the soul of a new conservatism, conscience of the White House, etc. Turns out what he meant by that was to talk about how upper-class tax cuts were great for poor people. That’s the idea.
…wait, all the GOP’s problems have been solved. Sarah Palin — tanned, rested, and ready!
Gay marriage? Palin opposes it. But she is also a strong advocate of states’ rights, and I’m betting she’d be fine with letting states and their voters grapple with the issue on their own. Remember that all of America didn’t swing toward approval of gay marriage on Nov. 6. Three reliably blue states and their voters did. If she were smart, Palin would recruit a member of her impressive gay fanboy base — yes, she has one — to help run her campaign. I nominate Kevin DuJan of the widely read gay conservative blog HillBuzz, a Palin stalwart since 2008.
Hard to see any flaws with this plan. “Sure, she wants to deny my fundamental human rights, but she likes neoconfederate rhetoric and hired a PUMA who’s a dumbshit even by PUMA standards to run her campaign. Sign me up!”