To newspapers, the state GOP is peddling a stupid little oped by party chair Robin Smith that purports to give the "real reasons" Republicans won majorities in the legislature. You guessed it. It's the power of all those wonderful Republican ideas. From the oped:
Taxes and spending: the government should live within its means and oppose higher tax bills to fund a bloated budget; the voters know government needs to cut spending. Gun Rights: voters want commonsense carry laws making it easier for them to protect themselves and their families. Local economies: families in their community know that improvements are needed by investing in transportation and education infrastructure to support existing jobs and recruit new businesses. They are tired of the powerbrokers in Nashville increasing entitlement programs instead.
But what about all the GOP did to inflame racist fears and hatred?
How about the infamous "blackbird mailer" the party sent at the 11th hour to knock Nathan Vaughn out of the House? Smith doesn't mention any of that. It's too bad Republicans resorted to such gutter tactics to win the election. If they actually had run a campaign of ideas, they could claim a mandate for their policy agenda. All they can claim now is that they're pretty good at character assassination.