THE PARTY OF BIG IDEAS….It looks like the Republican Party has a brand new strategy for 2006! It’s outlined in a memo sent to Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman from pollster Fred Steeper:

The memo suggested that Republicans could motivate their base in the upcoming elections by talking about foreign threats and national security issues, including Iraq and the potential nuclear threat from Iran, and by drawing contrasts with Democrats in those areas. It said “a huge 87% of the base expresses extremely strong feelings” about national security issues.

….Mehlman, in an interview Monday, said the GOP survey demonstrated that the base became motivated when it heard that Democrats supported policies of “isolationism and defeatism,” words that the GOP had attached to Democratic proposals to withdraw troops in Iraq.

Painting Democrats as appeasing wimps? That’s fresh, innovative thinking for you!