Congressional Republicans have begun a media campaign to scare voters about the prospect that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) likely would become Speaker if Democrats retake the House in November.
The attacks have come from Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). Party strategists are also encouraging surrogates on K Street to suggest that a Pelosi-led Congress would try to impeach President Bush.
Boehner ripped Pelosi on Friday in a press release, asking, "When will Pelosi admit she was wrong on Medicare 'Part D'?"
The NRCC bragged yesterday about a Newsweek poll showing that 51 percent of Americans had never heard of Pelosi. On three successive days last week, the NRCC derided her for criticizing GOP legislative ideas to attract suburban voters and ripped her view of the economy and Medicare's prescription-drug benefit.
The Republican National Committee attacked Pelosi after she appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" on May 7, saying that "Nancy Pelosi's vision for the future is one of higher taxes on working Americans, cut and run in Iraq and a little impeachment thrown in for good measure."
Ohioans don't know Nancy Pelosi from a fig, but they do know which party Bob Taft belongs to. Ohioans do know which party controls the Ohio General Assembly. Ohioans do know who controls the presidency and congress.
The GOP will have to give voters a reason to vote for Republicans, not against Democrats. With the liberal GOP establishment's record of taxing and spending Ohioans out of work, this will not be easy.
The Democrats are worse just ain't going to cut it this year.