1)used political correctness to leverage the race issue.
2)realized only Chicago ward style politics played out on a national scale in key swing states would re-elect Obeyme and used new and questionable fundraising techniques to finance such full time staff in those key areas.
3)Blinded the media while shlushing stimulus funds to unions and green energy friends who returned the favors and the cash in the form of campaign contributions.
4)realized the timing and importance of LoFo voting block
5)beautifully orchestrated the Limbaugh doctrine in which he appears to always be on the outside fighting Washington even though he is responsible for all he's fighting against. He deflects all responsibility and refused to govern and, by-and-large, got away with it.
Sorry to say, somebody is responsible for these generally new strategies (except for the shlush funding which is as old as politics itself).
Someone played Republicans, media, and the electorate and I want to know who that someone is. Messina is one of the suspects.
Every word of your quick analysis is on the money.
But why is this a bad thing?
The pubs need to take a page out of their book. Maybe THEY should hire Messina.
Everyone has their price.
the Limbaugh doctrine
This is actually the Vladimir Illych Lenin doctrine, aka the “commisar system,” in which the highest rung on the ladder is reserved for those who are vested with the task of politicizing EVERYTHING while lesser lights—nomenklatura, intelligentsia, apparatchik and useful iditos — are engaged to deal with the petty stuff.
This has been the gold standard for Marxist governance since 1917. Rush “discovers” it in 2013 (almost 100 hundred years later) largely because for decades he refuses to use the word COMMUNISM (he’s a wimp when it comes to this) and thus has no rudimentary education in what communism is and how it works in reality, how it got into the USA, who did it and why it will be SO HARD to get rid of.
But I do love Rush all the same.
I would add we need to learn how the left continually defeats us at election time.And, well before.
Its all poltical gamesmanship, IMHO. These folks have to run on lies, half truths and distortions and pretending to be us. Anything else and they lose.
So demonizing us becomes a full time job for them. But, in the end its political advantage that turns the scale. Take the sequester for example.It's an issue they needed to win even though they proposed it to being with!! Zero proposed the sequester as a last resort when he failed/refused to compromise with us one more time during the very few negotiations he has ever indulged in.
To think that their side(axelrod et all) had not figured out all the ramifications of sequester and how they could use it to their advantage and formulated strategy for over a year about how to destroy Republicans using the sequester is to be ultra naive.
Its all they do.They had to have set us up relentlessly. All they need do is call in every department head they have and decide where they can cut their budget. Not where it will do the least harm but the most!! Whether it be nasa,defense, the guy in charge of small airport towers,etc.etc. Also Zero had no intention to engage in targeted budget funding which would allow the lest damage from the sequester since he wanted the most damage. Also targeted cuts require more negotiations with Congress which he never does yet gets away with due to a willing press.
So when the time is right just before the sequester takes hold zero rolls out a well orchestrated plan to destroy more Republicans using the sequester that he called for. It works marvelously and we look like those mean ol' Republicans calling for disaster/chaos for all the countries citizens all because we wouldn't agree to just a few more taxes on the evil rich.
In other words they kicked our ass again and we let it happen.
Its all political strategy. They have it. We don't.