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Fmr. Obama Chief Launches Attack on GOP

Fmr. Obama Chief Launches Attack on GOP
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By Friday, 30 October 2015 08:06 AM Current | Bio | Archive

A harshly-worded Op-Ed by former White House Chief of Staff William Daley in Monday’s Washington Post aimed at some GOP personalities is raising the ire of many in the Republican Party.

Entitled “A Road Paved by Palin,” the article by Daley, who served as President Obama’s top aide from 2012-13, quotes another front-page headline from the Post: “Republicans are on the verge of ceasing to function as a national party.”

Daley brought back from the dead criticism aimed at Sarah Palin for her bumpy vice presidential bid, alongside John McCain in 2008. Daley condemned Palin for a “blatant lack of incompetence.” He went on to invoke Christine O’Donnell and former Rep. Todd Akin, respectively controversial Republican U.S. Senate nominees in Delaware (2010) and Missouri (2012).

“Does anyone now think Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain had the skills, experience, and temperament to be president?” Daley asked of the two GOP hopefuls from 2012.

Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., wasted no time voicing what he thought of the attack. He told me “When you are wrong on the issues, which progressives are, you resort to attacking personalities — which is what Daley has done.”

Jolly added, “Daley completely ignores the achievements of many Republican newcomers, such as Sens. Cory Gardiner, Tom Cotton and Joni Ernst.” All three picked up previously Democratic Senate seats in elections last year.

Jolly, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the seat of Sen. Marco Rubio in 2016, added that “the Republican Party is incredibly strong right now” and “perhaps Daley wrote his article out of fear for his party rather than actual conviction.”

Even Joe Lieberman, former Connecticut senator and the 2000 Democratic nominee, weighed in with his view that Daley went too far with that one.

“I’m fascinated by the points [Daley] made and fascinated by the fact that Bill Daley wrote it,” Lieberman told me. As for Daley’s claim that Republicans are “ceasing to function as a national party,” the former senator said: "There’s a lot of resilience in our two major parties and certainly a lot in the Republican Party. The last time I looked, they controlled both the Senate and the House.”

Lieberman’s point was strongly echoed by the Republican State Leadership Committee. RSLC spokesperson Ellie Wallace, who told me: “I’ll give Mr. Daley points for creativity, but it’s hard to deny the facts when looking at the state of the Republican Party vs. the Democrat Party today. Since he pinpoints 2008 as the year things changed for the GOP, let’s look at what has happened since then.

“Since the Obama era began in 2008, Republicans have gained more than 900 state legislative seats. We now hold a record 69 out of 99 legislative chamber majorities, 28 out of 50 secretaries of state, 31 out of 45 lieutenant governors, and 31 out of 50 governors. Even Democratic Party Vice-Chair Donna Brazile recently admitted, Democrats ‘have been absolutely decimated at the state and local level.’"

According to Wallace, “The Republican Party is thriving at every level — now boasting it’s most diverse group of presidential candidates in either party’s history — and Mr. Daley’s ‘I know you are, but what am I’ deflection is not going to change that.”

“If all of the crazy examples Daley cites were so damaging, then how does he explain our ability to get 44.83 million voters to turn out to cast ballots to ‘Fire Pelosi?” remarked former Republican National Chairman Michael Steele, referring to the effort over which he presided in 2010 that resulted in Republicans recapturing the House after four years.

“What Daley ignores, in pursuit of a tired narrative,” said Steele, “is while he and others have focused on the cult of personality, we focused on repairing a broken relationship between the GOP and its base and, crucially, reaching out to previously ignored voters who could be convinced to support the party and its candidates in the future.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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