Mr. Sununu, I would rather have the GOP fracture than continue to have these weak, neo-con, anti-White Republicans winning elections. Start explicitly standing up for White people (your base) and you might accomplish something for a change.
Sununu: “Republican fratricide makes winning easier for Democrats”
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August 25, 2010Matt Suermann
This morning former New Hampshire Governor, and current NHGOP Chairman, John H. Sununu penned the following op ed in the Union Leader (print edition only). It reaffirms the party line that candidates should be playing nice and not giving Democrats the ammunition in the General Election. The full op ed is worth the read and applies to candidates from the top of the ticket down. I wonder how many candidates will take Sununu’s advice and not give Democrats ammunition going into the final stretch.
As we begin to move from the long primary election season to the relatively short general election cycle, there are a couple of important aspects that Republicans, independents and conservative Democrats must understand if they want to reverse the problems caused by the liberal Democratic policies at the national level and in New Hampshire.
The first issue is to remember the value of winning the primary in a manner that makes the primary worth winning. The second concern is not to assume that the general election will be easy just because voters are beginning to realize how bad Democratic policies have been for America and for New Hampshire.
The last few weeks of any campaign for political office are shockingly hard physically and psychologically. Many campaigns are overwhelmed by the pressure and often do things under that pressure that cost them the election.
Primary campaigns are especially difficult. It is more difficult in a primary because the other candidates usually hold similar positions on issues, and thus it is challenging to differentiate from the others who are running. Thus, the temptation to go negative is irresistible. It may seem to be advantageous to go negative to win the primary, but almost certainly going negative will make it more difficult to win the general election.
When I became chairman of the New Hampshire GOP, my first message was on the importance of firming up party unity. As we moved into the competitive environment with candidates committing to run, my message at every event, at every fundraiser, at every gathering of Republicans was, and continues to be, on the value and importance of running a positive primary campaign and not yielding to the temptation to go negative in those elections.
That has been my clear and direct message in every single presentation I have made over the past year. It was the message I focused on at the candidates dinner we had last May, and it has been part of virtually every communication we have had with our candidates.
With that as the reality of what my message has been, I was truly surprised to hear that my latest letter urging our Republican candidates not to go negative was described as coming “too late.” The message was the same one I had been delivering all year. If anyone says he didn’t get the message loud and clear over the past 12 months, he would have to be either clueless or disingenuous. And I will continue to urge our Republican primary candidates not to resort to negative attacks, but to focus on explaining why they would serve the nation and New Hampshire best.
The second concern is equally important. We Republicans are well positioned going into the November elections.
Many voters realize that the Democratic politics of big government, big spending and big taxes are ruining America and ruining New Hampshire. But that doesn’t mean that a majority of the voters are ready now to vote to replace them.
A good number of voters are still undecided or uninformed.
Campaigns are all about getting a clear message beyond the core of voters who follow issues closely and to the larger cadre of voters who wait to hear the issues framed just before elections.
Going into November, the Democrats will have raised more money. They control the pulpits of the presidency and congressional leadership and control all aspects of government in New Hampshire. They will be using all those assets to woo the undecided voters between now and November.
In spite of all that, Republicans can do well if we campaign as a united party and get our message out effectively. Therefore, this will be a good election year for Republicans in New Hampshire if we understand it won’t be easy, if we are willing to talk about the issues with our friends, and if we are willing to support financially the efforts of the New Hampshire GOP and our candidates to communicate the reality of what is happening. Good results don’t often happen by accident. They usually require a bit of hard work, commitment and support, and of course, it always helps to do things right. That’s why my message to our candidates and their supporters continues to be: run primary campaigns worth winning, and do the work and talk, talk, talk about the issues until Election Day in November.
John H. Sununu is chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party.