The elected Republicans as a group had no strategy to gain back ground they lost after the elections other than to say, no, to everything Democrats proposed. Rush Limbaugh took the opportunity to insert himself and shoot off his mouth and became the de facto spokesman for the party. Republicans were happy to hide behind him and not take any direct heat from his inflammatory comments. When pressed to comment on Limbaugh's inflammatory rhetoric, some were forced to disagree. In most Case the disagreement only lasted 24 hours and they were intimidated by their base and Limbaugh and forced to retract any critical comments. We saw this happen over and over again. It soon became apparent that it was too easy for the media to focus in on one lunatic, and his ramblings were easily criticized and discounted as the notions of a fool. They also found they were being made to look like waffling yes men, with no minds of their own.
So now I believe the new tactic is to get as many to lie, distort and invent issues, like, Obama's birth, death panels and death books, the President is a racist, a socialist, a communist a Nazi, to create as much confusion among the weak minded and distract from real and pressing issues. With a flurry of these comments being uttered daily it makes it difficult to focus in on one or a few nuts. It's like playing whack a mole. This tactic Will also fail in the end. When reasonable people continually hear the same type of message coming from many mouths and that message is inherently flawed, devoid of facts, illogical, and filled with hate, that garbage will blow back into the faces of the originator s and the party.
The Republicans have nothing to offer which would move the country forward. If we had listened to them eight months ago, and did basically nothing to aid the economy, we would be in even worse shape now. Thanks to the Democratic action we can now see signs of economic recovery. In the national press, Republicans criticize the Stimulus package and call it a waste of money, buy back home they take credit for the results. Overwhelmingly they are seen as being hypocritical and divisive. Their allegiance is to a conservative base of voters who are out of touch with mainstream America, which wants to move forward.