Bloggers and journalists start the week off by bemoaning the sorry state of the Grand Old Party—and seeking out a few hopeful strategies for how Republicans might recover.
Jack Burkman, the founder and president of Burkman Associates, an Arlington-based consulting firm, lays out just how low the GOP has fallen: “GOP poll numbers today are actually much worse than in the post-Watergate mid-1970s, long considered the party’s low point. . . . [T]he party has a terrible dearth of virtually everything from presidential candidates to strategists.” But wait, says John Feehery, founder of the Feehery Group: We’ve got Rush to lead us! All the people we need love him… Like urbanites… And women… And minorities… And if that won’t work, then maybe YouTube and twitter can save things… Or Michael Steele can just fire everybody… And if nothing else, the GOP can be comforted by the fact that Dems have picked off so many vulnerable seats that have nowhere to go but down. (Though Nate Silver suggests that of the ten Senate seats most likely to switch parties in 2010, eight are currently red.)