MEMO: The Month of GOP Overreach


To:        Interested Parties
From:    Michael Czin, DNC National Press Secretary
Date:    May 31, 2013
Subj:    The Month of GOP Overreach

Blocking the President’s policies for purely political reasons has always been the top priority of Congressional Republicans, but in the last month they’ve really pushed the envelope – even for them. There’s one word that best describes the GOP’s efforts in May: overreach.

Republican leaders are focused on stirring up controversy by making baseless accusations of a ‘cover-up’ but they can’t find a single shred of evidence to back up their outrageous claims.

Don’t take our word for, please see below for a sampling of recent stories on the GOP’s overreach:

“Some Republican operatives are privately worried that the party will overreach and that the political gifts given to the GOP will be fumbled away in the coming weeks and months.” [The Hill, May 17, 2012]

In the last 24 hours, the man who conducted the "autopsy" on a party battered by President Obama in 2012 reverted to GOP form – demonizing, politicizing and overreaching just enough to jeopardize his cause.” [The National Journal, May 23, 2013]

  •  “Great show with @seanhannity tonight - it's lawlessness and guerrilla warfare and Obama is in the middle of it.” [Reince Priebus (@Reince) May 23, 2013]

“For the far right, dreams die hard and delusions never end. As Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who represents a congressional GOP with unpopularity of 75 percent, prepares to summon former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with popularity above 60 percent, to testify, the overreach of House Republicans now threatens Republican control of the House.” [The Hill, May 24, 2013]

“Republicans seem to be betting everything on them, just as they did in 1998—about which even Newt Gingrich (who was House speaker that year) commented recently to NPR, ‘I think we overreached in ’98.’” [Charlie Cook. National Journal, May 21, 2013]

“Will Republicans Screw Up Again? Some Are Already Overreaching” [Rothenberg Political Report, May 22, 2013]

“The contradiction highlights what appears to be genuine worry among Republicans about overreaching in their efforts to use these scandals to attack the President, risking a voter backlash similar to the one Republican suffered in the 1998 midterms.” [The Washington Post, May 31, 2013]

"Any political party that overreaches usually gets slapped back by the public,” [Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway] added. [CNN, May 31, 2013]

“A number of people have asked whether the Republicans will overreach in their reaction to the current collection of scandal-ish controversies…The answer to that question is, of course they will. Try to remember who we're talking about here. Overreaching is their thing.” [The American Prospect, May 24, 2013]

“Let the inevitable GOP overreach commence” [MSBNC, May 17, 2013]