Brand W Republicans

Warning Congressional Republicans that "driving a wedge between themselves and the President" is not a good election strategy and that "angry" Democratic voters are likely to turn out in high numbers this year, pollster Jan van Lohuizen's memo to Ken Mehlman sounds more like a death knell than strategy.

He goes on to warn those daring Republicans who attempt to depart from the president that saving their own necks as the ship goes down probably won't work because: "The President is seen universally as the face of the Republican Party. We are now brand W. Republicans. The following chart shows the extremely close correlation between the President's image and overall ratings of the party." Almost makes you feel bad. But not really. (Hotline, HT: Buzzflash)

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