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05/23/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

DNC Pushes Gingrich, Rove And Cheney To Head Of GOP Class

The DNC, in what is starting to feel like the nostalgic campaign days, is out with its second web ad in as many days. This time, the committee is going after Republicans for recycling the same group of widely unpopular leaders who spurred the GOP's recent downfall in the first place.

Titled "Meet The New GOP" the spot hits at perhaps the most telling hindrance for Republicans to date: the lack of a popular, galvanizing leader to take the stage from the current boogeymen Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and New Gingrich.

The push, one Democratic strategist said, is similar to what was done with Rush Limbaugh, in that the committee is "essentially trying to capitalize on the unpopularity of Cheney, Rove, etc... and make the case that you can't be for change when Cheney and Gingrich are your spokespeople."

As cheeky as the spot is, it sparks an interesting debate about Republican politics: Is it that Rove, Gingrich and Cheney merely don't want to cede the spotlight, or are there simply no other Republicans who want or are ready to rise up and lead?

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