Not that Governor Chafee is a welcome commodity in any party. Born on third base he never was a conviction politician. But this morning’s dispatch from Political Intelligence should reinforce the sad fact that the national GOP brand is toxic in the Northeast.
“It is a regional problem,” said Rhode Island Republican Party chairman Mark Smiley. “We have to make inroads. Eventually, if we don’t, we won’t be able to make anyone president or have a majority or anything. We’ll have no chance nationally.”
“What works in Alabama doesn’t work here. Here in Rhode Island, Republicans need to talk about business-friendly ideas, jobs, getting government out of the way of the people and allowing them to become prosperous,” said Smiley.
National Republicans, he said, have recognized their shortcomings in the Northeast and are seeking to address it. The Republican National Committee has scheduled its summer meeting in Boston.
“The whole region has moved in a more progressive direction in part in reaction to the very conservative Republican tone from the national GOP, and so politicians have to had adjust to a changing electorate, and in some cases that has resulted in party switches,” said Darrell West, vice president of governance studies at the Brookings Institution, a center-left think tank in Washington D.C.
So let’s keep talking about abortion, gay marriage and the endless war on terrorism and let’s do it with a token visit to Boston.