It's Not Just Me
Recently I posted about the Republicans' terrible, horrible, no good, very bad agenda and apparently I'm not the only one who thinks it's downright insane:
"It was stupid and gross," said Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn.
"I don't think it is a good agenda to go into the election cycle with," said Rep. Michael N. Castle of Delaware, another moderate Republican.
But on the other hand, it could be so insane that it's good for us:
Moderate Republicans say a planned summer push by the House leadership on conservative causes like gun rights and new abortion restrictions threatens the re-election prospects of embattled centrists, who are key to the party's drive to hold Congress.
Frustrated and angry, they say the leadership's new American Values Agenda, a list of initiatives heavy on ideological themes, seems short-sighted and ill-timed considering that few conservatives are at serious risk in November.
But they fear that this new agenda could backfire by stirring independent voters to reject centrist candidates even if they do not totally embrace the party leadership's conservative tilt.
The unrest among House moderates reflects a seeming contradiction in the campaign strategy being mapped out by Republican leaders on Capitol Hill and at the White House: While the emphasis is being placed on rallying conservatives, many of the must-win races are in more moderate regions of the Northeast, Midwest and suburban South and West.