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Chan Lowe: A dangerous strategy for Republicans


According to the latest news stories, Republican Party strategists are beginning to caution their candidates not to pile on the mosque issue, and Muslims in general, too heavily. It could backfire.

Grover Norquist, a member of the GOP brain trust, happens to be married to a Muslim, and he is one of those urging restraint. In fact, he says Muslim-bashing is a loser in the long run, and he’s right. To know a member of a group personally is to humanize that group.

This is one of the theories as to why Americans have become more accepting of gays, and why each year it’s a heavier lift to get people riled up against them as a campaign issue. As gays have come out into the mainstream, more and more people realize they have one in their family, one whom they love and who hasn’t sprouted horns. Why shouldn’t they have equal rights?

One thing Americans don’t like is watching somebody get bullied, just because of who they are. It might give some people a thrill at first, but after a while the revulsion sets in.

The Republican Party, while it may gain a temporary advantage for the coming election, runs a risk of crossing that fine line and starting to look like it’s simply beating up on people who don’t happen to be white, straight and Christian.

A suggestion: Dump the crazies and go back to being the Republican Party you used to be, decades ago: socially moderate, fiscally conservative. It’s probably too late for that, but if you really want to capture the all-important American Independent Middle, it’s more of a winner than the line you’re pushing right now.

Better for the country, too.

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Chan -- Please do not counsel the Republicans to disavow the crazies. The only way they will learn is to be burned, which, hopefully, will happen on election day, not after disastrous terms in office that will harm us all.

Here is something that has been missed by the media...

I can just see it now:

Senator Greene, can you explain to the ethics committee why your 145' megayacht is registered in a foreign country and not in the United States? Did you do this to avoid paying taxes in the US and to employ cheaper foreign workers? Amd I must remind you, Senator Greene, that you are under oath.'s SO great for libs like our local cartoonist to give the GOP advice on how to they really want the RNC to do well. It's like the Jet's telling the Dolphins what to do. Thank you soooo very much.'s an idea...let's not do anything you say and see how sore our collective conservative foot is from kicking your butt next about that? can you hear it coming? ..."oh the times they are a-changing".

Are you sure republicans were fiscally conservative at any time in history? Is there any evidence for that? As near as I can tell, they have always been just as anxious to squander money as democrats, they just want to squander it on different things (and talk a lot about fiscal responsibility while never practising it).

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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