Mostly indirect coverage of election and GOP candidates
“ Some of President Obama’s most liberal supporters are threatening to stop volunteering… for his re-election campaign after he compromised on a key campaign promise…” (Joe Garofoli, 12/8/10)
“ At the same time, moderate Senate Democrats facing re-election in two years are forcing their own leaders to embrace budget restraints that would have been unthinkable a few months ago.” (Carolyn Lochhead, 2/14/11)
Coverage on potential Republican candidates only gives lip-service to fact that they are running. No analysis on electoral prospects for nomination or presidency
“… major presidential hopefuls… include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, and former Utah Governor and ambassador to China John Huntsman.” (Carla Marinuccci and Joe Garofoli, 3/21/11)
For the GOP to regain the presidency, the candidate must be a “great communicator”, like Reagan. It’s more about communicating the Republican message, than the issues.
“ Lacking an obvious front-runner or even a candidate who is assumed to be first in line for the nomination, party donors and leaders probably will gravitate toward a candidate who can conjure some of the winning Reagan magic.” (Carla Marinucci, 2/4/11)
View Election as chance to ‘save’ and ‘take back government’ from Liberals.
Most dominant theme is criticism of general Democratic philosophies .
“ The second amendment is there to insure that the government cannot de-fang the citizenry to which they should be answerable. Libs are trying to make sure that we are all as sheepish and ignorant as they are.”
Portrays all Republican candidates as potential hope to restoring order in the White House, but also not afraid to call out candidates for deviating from Republican norms
“ Herman Cain’s thoughts on government intrusion in matters of social justice put him firmly at odds with Conservatives”
Obama’s actions viewed as wrong, fake, or dishonest
“ Oh no you didn’t” vs. “Yes we can”, Obama has lost the moral authority to remain leader of this great nation