The Republican Party -- nationally and here in Massachusetts -- finds itself on the outs with the general public, unloved, disrespected and untrusted on almost every issue.
But thank goodness for the pervs! Everybody sides with Republicans when it comes to pervs!
The Supreme Court -- those liberal NAMBLAphiles -- today ruled that execution is a no-go for child rapists. John McCain is outraged! He find it "profoundly disturbing"! (The ruling, not the child rapes. Or executions.) Most of the conservative blog sites are making much hay of the ruling as well.
Closer to home, State House News Service reports that the Mass. GOP sees a golden political opportunity in Beacon Hill Democrats' slow movement on mandatory minimum sentencing for -- you guessed it -- child rapists. (Beacon Hill's reticence on the issue has also been played up nationally by the right.
You may recall that when Kerry Healey found herself trailing far behind Deval Patrick in the polls, she accused him of being soft on rapists. She lost badly anyway. But her examples (Ben LaGuer and a shadowy figure in a dark garage) were raping grown women; maybe Republicans figure they can get more traction with child rape.