For GOP, storm's timing makes it harder to be anti-government
Mark Z. Barabak and Paul WestST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Into the carefully scripted Republican convention has come a complication: a natural disaster that not only distracts attention from Mitt Romney but sets up a collision with a fundamental tenet of today's GOP.
To a great extent, the Republican Party has defined itself as the anti-government party. The message that Washington is a problem and rarely, if ever, the solution was hugely successful in 2010 in response to President Obama's expansive healthcare overhaul; the backlash helped Republicans win the House in a landslide and reduce Democrats to a tenuous majority in the Senate.
But that election, like every midterm vote, drew a much smaller turnout than would be typical of a presidential race. The question for Romney and the Republicans has always been whether the bigger, broader electorate this Nov. 6 will prove as receptive to the tea party message of cutting Washington off at its roots.
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"For GOP, storm's timing makes it harder to be anti-government", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2012. Consulté le 02/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/for-gop-storm-s-timing-makes-it-harder-to-be-anti-government