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    Is running against the Speaker a good campaign strategy?

    From what I've gathered, a crucial crux of the Republicans strategy to win back the house is to try to link Democratic candidates with Nancy Pelosi and essentially run against Pelosi. Excluding the candidate in Pelosi's district of course, do you think this strategy is a good idea for the Republicans?
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    Re: Is running against the Speaker a good campaign strategy?

    Quote Originally Posted by the makeout hobo View Post
    From what I've gathered, a crucial crux of the Republicans strategy to win back the house is to try to link Democratic candidates with Nancy Pelosi and essentially run against Pelosi. Excluding the candidate in Pelosi's district of course, do you think this strategy is a good idea for the Republicans?
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    Re: Is running against the Speaker a good campaign strategy?

    Quote Originally Posted by the makeout hobo View Post
    From what I've gathered, a crucial crux of the Republicans strategy to win back the house is to try to link Democratic candidates with Nancy Pelosi and essentially run against Pelosi. Excluding the candidate in Pelosi's district of course, do you think this strategy is a good idea for the Republicans?
    Perhaps, but I don't think Republicans have much they can successfully run on.

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    Re: Is running against the Speaker a good campaign strategy?

    Really?

    I hadn't noticed, actually...

    Personally, I would rather they run on the issues, and I’ll vote for em’ if they have better positions (from my perspective) than the opposition.

    That said, I tend to disagree with the current Speaker on most things, so the two may be nearly identical.
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    Re: Is running against the Speaker a good campaign strategy?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Really?

    I hadn't noticed, actually...

    Personally, I would rather they run on the issues, and I’ll vote for em’ if they have better positions (from my perspective) than the opposition.

    That said, I tend to disagree with the current Speaker on most things, so the two may be nearly identical.
    I believe the question is what strategy should the Republicans use to capture some Senate and House seats back, so running on the issues probably won't work.

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    Re: Is running against the Speaker a good campaign strategy?

    Quote Originally Posted by pro-bipartisan View Post
    I believe the question is what strategy should the Republicans use to capture some Senate and House seats back, so running on the issues probably won't work.
    Why not?

    Are you saying that in your opinion their positions on the issues are unable to garner votes?
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    Re: Is running against the Speaker a good campaign strategy?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Why not?

    Are you saying that in your opinion their positions on the issues are unable to garner votes?
    I'm saying it definitely would not be the most effective. Since more people are Democratic than Republican in America more people would agree with Democratic views. I think running campaigns that discuss how bad the economy is and just in general how bad of shape America is in right now would gain some votes. Now I'm not a master strategist so I don't know the BEST strategy but I certainly think Republicans have more to run on that would help them gain seats than just the issues.

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    Re: Is running against the Speaker a good campaign strategy?

    Nancy Pelosi will turn 70 next year, it is time someone younger stepped up to the plate.

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    Re: Is running against the Speaker a good campaign strategy?

    Quote Originally Posted by pro-bipartisan View Post
    I'm saying it definitely would not be the most effective. Since more people are Democratic than Republican in America more people would agree with Democratic views. I think running campaigns that discuss how bad the economy is and just in general how bad of shape America is in right now would gain some votes. Now I'm not a master strategist so I don't know the BEST strategy but I certainly think Republicans have more to run on that would help them gain seats than just the issues.
    There's a few things wrong with your logic.

    First, while more people may be registered democrats than registered republicans, party registration has little to do with individual views except in a very generalized way, and it doesn’t take into account independents and 3rd party members.

    Secondly, I was speaking from a personal standpoint, stating how I would wish they did things.

    And, I disagree – I think such a method WOULD be effective, if their positions on the issues match those of the majority.
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    Re: Is running against the Speaker a good campaign strategy?

    The answer is "maybe."

    Doing only that won't help you win. It didn't help whats-his-name in Pennsylvania for Murtha's old seat. The Democrat campaigned on local issues while the Republican campaigned against Pelosi and Obama and lost, in a conservative district.

    The advantage of course is in stirring up the base, but in order to win, you need to get independents who may not hate Pelosi the way the hardcore right-wingers do.

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