As i've said many times, IMO, the Republican Party, with it's unwillingness to "deal with" the Left, represents weakness. This opinion of the GOP may be more far-reaching than most people think. It may also explain why tough-talking guys like Gingrich and Paul have been doing far better than anyone would have originally thought. If the Repubs have any hope of winning something, anything, they had better take the gloves off, and i don't mean with each other. So far, the Republican plan seems to have been designed by David Axelrod.
While on the subject of political weakness, consider what would happen if a young black female, a liberal Demoncrat running for congress, went on a Conservative talk show, such as Rush Limbaugh, as was racially insulted and berated by the host. Would you expect to hear about it from the left-wing MSM? How many minutes do you think it would take before all the professional race-pimps, like Al $harptongue and Je$$ie Jackass, were on every single TV network screaming for the host's head, and job? In fact, would we even be able to hear them over the hysterical rantings of the NAACP and NOW? Unless i missed it, i haven't heard a word from any Repub about the below-linked story.
Being passive, polite, and playing the game of politics by some absurd and imaginary set of rules, will, IMO, surely mean defeat in 2012...