Disaster looms on the horizon: the elections of November 2006 are shaping up to be as disastrous for the GOP as the elections of 1994 were for the Democrats. Yet most GOP insiders seem unaware of the party’s political peril — or they’re resigned to the prospect of a catastrophic defeat. But Hugh Hewitt isn’t ready to give up. In “Painting the Map Red,” he outlines a detailed strategy for how the GOP can snatch victory from the jaws of defeat this fall, and explains why victory this year — and again in 2008 — is more urgent than ever.
Conservatives might be surprised to hear that 2006 is shaping up so ominously. After all, the Clinton-era brush with Hillarycare and the post-9/11 evidence that the Democrats can’t be trusted to fight (or win) the War on Terror should have cemented Republican ascendancy for a generation to come, right? Unfortunately, wrong. Hewitt explains why even though most Americans agree with the Republicans on crucial policy positions, they could still lose in ’06 — and lose badly. After all, in 2004 John Kerry was almost elected President, and nothing has happened since then to persuade those who voted for him that they were wrong.
Hewitt explains why expert analysts see dark clouds for the GOP in 2006: Disarray in the Senate. Scandals in the House. A fanatic opposition that’s boiling with anger at having been beaten like a drum for three straight elections — and that is now even angrier that none of those it has tagged with politically motivated corruption charges have gone to jail. Then there’s the Soros money machine still out there, using McCain-Feingold’s legacy of 527s to pour massive amounts of money into every race that’s even close. And perhaps worst of all, there’s a mainstream media that hates Bush and will not play fair in its efforts to destroy the Republican nominee and use 2006 to position Hillary as a shoo-in for 2008.
Nonetheless, Hewitt says there is still time — not just to avoid devastating losses, but even for the Republicans to make significant gains. He shows how the GOP can learn how to fight as hard for its political advantage as the Democrats do, how to use television and the control of the calendar to maneuver for advantage, how to nationalize the election, and how to get the base back into the game. He even outlines the values that motivate majorities in various regions across the United States, and shows how Republicans can prove that they will best defend those values.
Hewitt shows that the mainstream political left in this country is far more radical than it has ever been in the past and thoroughly dominates the Democratic Party – and that because of that dominance, it is not safe for the country to entrust any of its major institutions to the control of the Democrats. The Republican Party is still our nation’s strongest source of defense of the Constitution, strong national security, economic growth, and personal liberty. As the elections of 2006 approach, only one party can save America. This is a book of goals, strategy, tactics, message, and leadership. It’s an indispensable handbook to help you convince others to vote accordingly.
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