Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
The Hill has a great piece about GOP concern that "Cheney, Gingrich and Rove have all sucked up time on cable news networks and sparked new controversies."
Strategists privately stress the GOP needs to move past old faces, and one veteran Republican said the attacks could be effective.
“The conservatism of the 21st century should be divorced from personality politics and simply be about ideas,” said Craig Shirley, a biographer of former President Ronald Reagan. “But since the GOP appears to be bankrupt of ideas, this line of attack will be effective from the standpoint of putting them on the defensive again.”
All three Republicans have image problems. A January Pew Research Center poll showed just 31 percent viewed Cheney favorably. Rove's appearances serve to remind the American public of the similarly-unpopular Bush administration. And Gingrich, who is said to be considering a presidential bid in 2012, never enjoyed widespread popularity during his tenure as Speaker.
Cheney, Gingrich and Rove have all sucked up time on cable news networks and sparked new controversies. Media outlets fixating on remarks the three Republicans make, Democrats say, are robbing the Congressional GOP of oxygen they need to get out their own message and fight back against Democratic initiative.