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February 5, 2010

A TARGET-RICH ENVIRONMENT.... It's not unusual to hear discussions in progressive circles about when and how Democrats should go on the offensive against Republicans. "What Dems really ought to do," the refrain goes, "is go after [fill in the blank] with all they've got."

There are always some built-in hurdles -- the "megaphone gap," for one -- that make this easier said than done, but in general, there's certainly nothing wrong with encouraging Democrats to be more aggressive and take advantage of political opportunities as moments of Republican weakness arise.

But what happens when there are too many opportunities all at once?

What Dems really ought to do is go after Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) for holding the Senate hostage until he gets a bunch of earmarks.

Or what Dems really ought to do is go after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for publicly trashing FBI and other counter-terrorism officials.

Or what Dems really ought to do is go after the House Republican leadership for cozying up to Wall Street, seeking big campaign contributions in exchange for less accountability for those who brought the economy to the brink of collapse.

Or what Dems really ought to do is go after House Republicans for a budget plan that eliminates Medicare and privatizes Social Security.

Or what Dems really ought to do is go after congressional Republicans for blatantly lying about the administration's handling of the Abdulmutallab case.

Or what Dems really ought to do is go after congressional Republicans for standing at odds with the national security judgment of the Pentagon and the Joint Chiefs.

They're all worthy of attention, and they're all stories major media outlets are inclined to ignore. Dems can't very well try to raise hell about all of these controversies -- all of which are just from the last few days, by the way -- with equal gusto because that muddles the message.

In other words, the biggest Democratic political problem of the day is ... picking among the several GOP scandals and deciding where to invest party energies.

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In other words, the biggest Democratic political problem of the day is ...

Choose from the following:
1) Growing a set of gonads
2) Differentiating the 80% of dumbocrat senators who are corporately owned from the 100% of rethug senators who are corporately owned
3) Realizing that the corporate media exists to provide an echo chamber and amplifier for rethug messages
4) Realizing that the only airtime they will get from 98% of the corporate media, when they bring up any of the point Steve has made, is to bemoan the dumbocrats lack of civility and lack of bipartisanship
5) All of the above

Posted by: SadOldVet on February 5, 2010 at 1:32 PM | PERMALINK

When do those in "progressive circles" get it that the role of the Dims is to not mess with the Repugnants, but to allow then a ceaseless stream of shit-filled lies and obstruction, enabling the Dims themselves to be absolved from their own responsibilities for governance and bringing a decent society to the american peeps, because of said chaos and obstruction?

Is the "above the fray" stance of Obama not evidence enough?

Is the milquetoast Senate Leader's notorious crazy-making lack of leadership not enough?

is the miasma of conservative, blue dog, corporate puppet and just corrupt spectrum of Dims in the House not enough?

Posted by: neill on February 5, 2010 at 1:35 PM | PERMALINK

This calls for another Sunday Gab-Fest session with John McCain! He will be on to talk about how the Administration is wrong about:
1. Campaign finance reform
2. Earmark reform
3. National security issues
4. Social SecurityMedicare reform
5. Budget reform

Posted by: artsmith on February 5, 2010 at 1:36 PM | PERMALINK

Um...punt?

Posted by: doubtful on February 5, 2010 at 1:37 PM | PERMALINK

Let Al Franken loose on them. Go ahead. Dare ya!

Posted by: bkmn on February 5, 2010 at 1:38 PM | PERMALINK

Why the heck not go after them on every point? The blogosphere is big and loud. Why not reinforce the impression that it is the Republican Party and not just isolated Republicans who are in trouble? Lord knows that in reversed circumstances we'd hear about the culture of corruption and incompetence in the "Democrat Party".

I'm not sure I believe in scandal fatigue.

Posted by: Bernard HP Gilroy on February 5, 2010 at 1:42 PM | PERMALINK

Shelby's Stand is the only issue the listed that the Dems should make a stand on. It's:

1) Simple to understand - "pork for votes"
2) Impossible to defend (see #1)
3) A bumper-sticker issue
4) A wedge between the Republicans and the Tea Party crowd.

The other issues are too theoretical for right now.

Posted by: Chris Gerrib on February 5, 2010 at 1:43 PM | PERMALINK

They're all worthy of attention, and they're all stories major media outlets are inclined to ignore. Dems can't very well try to raise hell about all of these controversies -- all of which are just from the last few days, by the way -- with equal gusto because that muddles the message.

I'm gobsmacked by this false dilemma you present. What evidence do we have that the Democrats will effectively go after a single one of these, much less dilute their efforts by taking on too many?

Posted by: shortstop on February 5, 2010 at 1:45 PM | PERMALINK

I don't what's worse, supporting the Dems or supporting the NY Mets. Watching both regularly self-destruct is so fucking depressing.

I'd become a Republican and a Yankee fan if I had any sense.

Posted by: g. powell on February 5, 2010 at 1:47 PM | PERMALINK

In Lieu of Democrats pursuing any of these angles, CNN has not mentioned any of them in the last 2 hours. It has been Toyota, a snow storm on the East Coast, and the teabaggers.

Posted by: flounder on February 5, 2010 at 1:50 PM | PERMALINK

Y'know, there really aren't "too many targets." You just need to do a little out-of-the-box thinking, and see the entire picture for what it is:

A feedback loop.

Break into groups, with each group hammering one specific issue. Six issues? Six groups.

ReThugs rambling to their media-pimps in the rotunda? Send a group.

Pontificating pachyderms preaching on the Capitol steps? Send a group.

Cling to these fool like flies to excrement---and do not let go. Wherever they go; whatever they do; to whomever they seek to speak: Reverse townhall the bums.

And for gods' sakes, stop calling them "obstructionists." They're freaking extortionists, racketeers, and mobsters. Treat them as such....

Posted by: S. Waybright on February 5, 2010 at 1:50 PM | PERMALINK

Oh yes, Neill's strategy of insulting everyone is totally the way to go. We should just toss up our hands in frustration, insist that everything that happens is part of a corrupt game rigged against us, and then hurl petty insults while imagining this all to be some giant conspiracy against us. As if "Dims" secretly encourage Republican attacks against them for political cover.

Neill, why do you even bother writing new posts when you're just repeating the same tired crap, no matter what the story happens to be? Sorry if we're not all paranoid defeatists like yourself, but some of us actually imagine we might achieve something through the political process.

Posted by: Doctor Biobrain on February 5, 2010 at 1:51 PM | PERMALINK

Well, you could be supporting the Cubs. Now that's depressing.

What the Democrats ought to concentrate on is passing the damned health care bill and then doing the same on the jobs bill and financial reform.

The other stuff is worthy of campaign style sound bites but not concentration. Do the work.

Posted by: JackD on February 5, 2010 at 1:53 PM | PERMALINK

Yep, the Politico piece on Al Franken is all about his anger rather than the substance of his complaints, and now mention of the fact that the Republicans he's gotten angry with either attacked him personally or simply lied about the issue at hand. The comments from the right all take up the same chant: if a Democrat is angry, he's irrational.

To the Beltway, Sin isn't sin if you're a Republican, and they are permitted to lie about issues and slander their opposition as much as they care to, because it's "just politics." If the guy being lied about or slandered gets angry, there's something wrong with HIM.

Posted by: Midland on February 5, 2010 at 1:56 PM | PERMALINK

Shorter Neill: I didn't get my pony, so Democrats are no different than Republicans.

A guy that hangs around here so much would have to be willfully ignorant or purposefully deceitful to paint the past year as an abject failure. Our host has gone out of his way at different times to remind us of what Democrats and the President have actually accomplished in the past year, inspite of unprecidented obstruction by the minority party.

Meanwhile, Democrats should talk about what the public is worked up about, Wall Street and the economy. So, I say that we talk about the GOP cozying up to banksters and the GOP budget plan. When they fillibuster the jobs bill, we let them have on that, too.

Posted by: AK Liberal on February 5, 2010 at 1:56 PM | PERMALINK

The problem is not too many targets. The problem is the lack of narrative.

Republicans lie.
Republicans are not interested in the work of running the country.
Republicans are more interested in helping lobbyists than honest citizens.

Tie all of those targets into a narrative, and then the anecdotes have a reason to exist in the public sphere. Otherwise, why is it important that a Senator from Maine, a state 99% of us don't live in, said something stupid about Abdulmutallab, who didn't blow anybody up?

Posted by: reino on February 5, 2010 at 2:01 PM | PERMALINK

I think the trick here is to set up a small number of themes and link the stories to them:

Theme 1: Republicans are tools of the rich
- Reps cozzying up to Wall Street
- Reps seeking to privatize SS (fees for Wall Street, risk for you)

Theme 2: Republicans don't care about keeping you safe:
- Reps lying about Abdulmutallab case
- Reps publicly trashing FBI

Theme 3: Republicans don't care if government works (for you)
- Shelby holds
- Assorted confirmation hijinks

Make each story the outrage of the day for a day and hammer home the theme.

Posted by: jhe on February 5, 2010 at 2:02 PM | PERMALINK

In other words, the biggest Democratic political problem of the day is ... picking among the several GOP scandals and deciding where to invest party energies.

To refer back to something that Steve Benen wrote months ago, maybe a year ago: Why is it that the Democratic Party is having trouble making headway when their Republican opponents have so many, ... uh ... "weaknesses"?

I don't know.

My guess, on a previous post, was that their candidates are equally weak in general, looking across the many districts and states, with the recent MA senatorial election and NJ and VA gov. elections as examples. Not many MA voters, I imagine, really care much what Richard Shelby does, nor do CA voters: Boxer may be better than either Campbell or Fiorina, but not because of Shelby or the other items mentioned by Steve.

Posted by: MatthewRMarler on February 5, 2010 at 2:04 PM | PERMALINK

I'd become a Republican and a Yankee fan if I had any sense.

You mean the Yankees are unpopular losers who talk a big game and then keep getting routed on game day? That's odd. I'm not much of a sports fan, but I always thought they were considered winners...you know, like Democrats, who have won many more elections in the last few decades than Republicans have.

Seriously though, when will you people finally stop talking like losers and take charge of this shit? We keep whining about how Dems won't step up and attack Republicans, but what the hell are we doing? Attacking Republicans, that's what. And unlike baseball, politics encourages spectator participation. It's time we step up to the plate and participate. And if you're already doing that, then we don't have a problem.

People here keep saying I'm over-optimistic to the point of delusion, but until Republicans can finally get over the 40% approval mark, I won't worry. They haven't hit that mark since 2007 and haven't consistently been over that in six years. Republicans are losers and they're still losing. Don't let yourself believe otherwise, or you've already lost half the battle. Inside, they're far more scared of us than we are of them. Bullies usually are.

Posted by: Doctor Biobrain on February 5, 2010 at 2:04 PM | PERMALINK

Steve references the House Rethugs 'Budget Plan'.

In today's Washington Post, the most liberal of all newspapers in the U.S., Perry Bacon has a news 'story' about Paul Ryan and the 'serious' Republican Budget Proposal.

To quote from the liberal media's presentation of a 'serious republican':

"...reduce the deficit and spur economic growth by cutting the tax rate on corporations, shifting Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to private insurance plans, and both raising the retirement age gradually to 70 and reducing the growth of benefits to make Social Security solvent."

Translated into English:
- cut taxes on the wealthy.
- privatize Medicare/Medicaid with $2500/single $5000/family tax credit and tell them they are on their own.
- pretend that the $3+Trillion overpaid by workers since Ronnie Raygun's 'rescue' of social security does not exist
- f*ck the working people of this country, if they cannot contribute to corporate profits, then they should just die and not be parasites to the 'real amerikans'

"Even Democrats have acknowledged that it is one of the few plans offered by a member of either party that would lower the long-term budget deficit."

Translated into English:
- My democrat buddies Ben Nelson & Evan Bayh
- All of the Village considers Ryan to be a 'serious thinker' so we should listen to him.

My comment:

30 years of Raygunomics has not gotten thru to the Villagers. But then again, they want their taxes cut!
- 30 years of cutting taxes on the wealthy
- 30 years of seeing the middle class diminished
> in terms of % of population
> in terms of real income as adjusted for inflation
- 30 years of increasingly bloated military spending
- 30 years of increased/increasing control of the political process & politicians by the corporate/wealthy

These Villagers do seem to have a lot in common with Ben Nelson & Evan Bayh.

Posted by: AngryOldVet on February 5, 2010 at 2:05 PM | PERMALINK

The democrats should go after the repubs on all of these things, one problem we have is the media, they seem to present all of the republican talking points but none of the rebuttals, my question is why don't they question some of the republicans when they continue to give them airtime to spread lies.

Posted by: js on February 5, 2010 at 2:05 PM | PERMALINK

What democrats really ought to do is point out that at the same time Richard Shelby voted against the auto bailout of Detroit companies, foreign-owned auto manufacturers Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Toyota, and Hyundai received approximately $788 million in government subsidies in the cities of Vance, Lincoln, Huntsville, and Montgomery in his home state. Good Jobs First Executive Director Greg LeRoy pointed out that "while proposed federal aid to the Big 3 would take the form of a loan, the vast majority of subsidies to foreign auto plants were taxpayer gifts such as property and sales tax exemptions, income tax credits, infrastructure aid, land discounts, and training grants."

Maybe that would drive home the point that Richard Shelby is in the pocket of foreign corporations, and doesn't so much hate America as he sucks at its teat while holding it in contempt for its bovine complacence and self-righteousness. He doesn't just think his fellow Americans are stupid - he counts on it.

Posted by: Mark on February 5, 2010 at 2:07 PM | PERMALINK

Those are all excuses. The problem is that Democrats fight each other rather than their opponents.
How difficult it is for the PR operations of the Administration, the Senate, the House, the DNC, etc., to get together everyday and decide what the COHERENT message of the day should be. Then all they have to do id for all of them to push in the same direction.
If they need some help in crafting the daily message I recommend Jim Carville and Paul Begala as strategists.

Posted by: Yoni on February 5, 2010 at 2:08 PM | PERMALINK

The Democrats' biggest political problem of the day is that they were handed a mandate in 2008 and then stepped back and said to the Republicans, "After you...."

As for criticizing Neill - we can can talk to each other all day, without affecting a thing. The Democratic Party needed to play a hard political game in the last year, but they wimped out and let the party supposedly out of power drive the message and rapidly drain the mojo. If they were pushing through their legislation, they wouldn't have needed to beg for the megaphone. Health care should have been wrapped up before Kennedy died, not swirled around in Bausus's lunch plate for half a year. A dew recess appointments earlier on might have prevented the Shelby mess - obama can't recess-appoint 177 people and then vet another 177 to replace them in October, when he'll be even more besieged - never mind the logistics of the project and the likely lack of persons wanting to be associated with such a milquetoast administration by then. Instead of forcefully pushing the Administration's so-called agenda, Rahm Emmanuel's been out there undermining it - the list goes on and on.

Play the game to win or stay home. It's totally disgusting and I want my contributions back. I need them to help my uninsured adult son with the medical costs from his pre-existing condition.

Posted by: ghillie on February 5, 2010 at 2:08 PM | PERMALINK

"People here keep saying I'm over-optimistic to the point of delusion, but until Republicans can finally get over the 40% approval mark, I won't worry. "

And, in the meantime, just what's getting done? Did people in MA vote for Brown because they liked his platform? No - they want change, to register an objection to the status quo. How many millions more will be in the same voting mood by November? That could give us a Palin in 2012, especially when the corporations want a Beauty Queen to hold the eye while they run things.

Millions of us pitched in from the sidelines to get the Democratic majority and the first black president, against huge odds. If the Dems have refused to do the heavy lifting, no amount of pounding on Republicans and Fox consumers will change that - they threw us off the field.

Posted by: ghillie on February 5, 2010 at 2:15 PM | PERMALINK

"Why the heck not go after them on every point? The blogosphere is big and loud"-Bernard HP Gilroy

Unfortunately, the blogosphere is divided into US and THEM. So, you are either preaching to the choir, or trying to get past the EIB screener to say, "Rush is a big, fat, idiot."

Someone else mentioned that the "news" on CNN is Toyota and a snowstorm. Both vital bits of info to a listener in Nebraska, driving a 20 year old Plymouth.

What needs to happen is have a story that trumps missing blonds and car chases. Watergate, for instance. A story that started slow, but wouldn't die until it brought down a president.

The Edwards Scandal lasted a few days, but he was so old news that it soon gave way to Retardgate and "The Superbowl is ONLY a week away!"

I remember a story that had some legs; the firing of US Attorneys by Rove and Crew. That one lasted an amazingly long time, considering that the GOP had the big oval megaphone.

Even then, how many days did Scooter Libby lead the evening news?

I wonder what kind of action the current Attorney General/ FBI could generate with a serious investigation? Hmmm?

Posted by: DAY on February 5, 2010 at 2:19 PM | PERMALINK

I think Steve Benen is on to something. The Democrats in D.C. are doing their level-headed best to go after the GOP, but that darn "megaphone gap" just keeps preventing their message from getting out. Oh shucks!

Posted by: square1 on February 5, 2010 at 2:23 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, put out ads etc. running down the list so people see how rotten and dysfunctional the GOP is. But there are some positive proposals for Dems to make, and one is: superdeductibility of labor cost, which would spur employment, balanced off by tax on trading.

Posted by: neil b on February 5, 2010 at 2:24 PM | PERMALINK

dr. biobrain: Neill, why do you even bother writing new posts when you're just repeating the same tired crap, no matter what the story happens to be?

Neill certainly does do this.

But then, so do you. It's just a different tired crap, but at least as repetitious.

Posted by: Mart on February 5, 2010 at 2:25 PM | PERMALINK

Simply put in the 2010 election cycle - Vote the Republicans out of office in 2010! Save our nation, vote against the crazies! The work is not done, vote Democratic! Go to the polls and turn back poll taxes and literacy tests - the two items on the agenda of the Teabaggers. End pork, vote against earmarkers! For a government that works, vote out the Republicans! Just a few ideas! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on February 5, 2010 at 2:31 PM | PERMALINK

Answering Benen's question, Republican coordinate their attacks...we should do the same.

Dems need a political strategy-in-chief to coordinate surrogates, television appearances, editorials, rhetorical devices (a la Frank Luntz), messaging...much like the Republicans do.

It's not rocket science. They're playbook is an open book and has been for some time. They suck on policy, but despite this truth, they excel in salesmanship (the only explanation for the GOP's continued viability). Watch, learn, form a strategy, coordinate, and attack-attack-attack! Unlike them, we have the benefit of having the truth on our side, and we should be able to keep them on their heels until they fall on their asses.

Posted by: Chris on February 5, 2010 at 2:32 PM | PERMALINK

The following are the only ones that are really any good:

"Or what Dems really ought to do is go after the House Republican leadership for cozying up to Wall Street, seeking big campaign contributions in exchange for less accountability for those who brought the economy to the brink of collapse.

Or what Dems really ought to do is go after House Republicans for a budget plan that eliminates Medicare and privatizes Social Security."

The Shelby one is ok, the other two just give the right more opportunities to repeat the lies and they own the media so the lies will get repeated a lot more than the truth.

Posted by: JeffF on February 5, 2010 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK

In other words, the biggest Democratic political problem of the day is ...

that the press is willfully ignoring how batshit crazy, unredeemably stupid, and shamelessly dishonest Republican deeds and word are.

It's like fighting the school bully while his two buddies hold you down, then having the yard supervisor report that you assaulted and battered the bully

Posted by: Winkandanod on February 5, 2010 at 2:35 PM | PERMALINK

Apropos of this post, the White House response to Sen. Shelby: "I fear there won't be a greater example of silliness throughout the entire year of 2010..."

Really? At this rate, I fear the examples will just get sillier and sillier.

Posted by: Grumpy on February 5, 2010 at 2:46 PM | PERMALINK

LOL Steve. Exactly which "Dems" do you have in mind. You name none.

The biggest problem isn't the number of targets available. the biggest problem is a political party made up of cowards who are in fear of causing ripples.

Steve, my conjecture/challenge/request from the previous thread still stands.

Please write a post whereby we can all guess the number of "senior" Democrats who will say on TV that Shelby is bad and get really mad and fire up the regular folks.

My guess is 0. As in no one.

Posted by: Observer on February 5, 2010 at 2:52 PM | PERMALINK

There's an easy solution-
you hammer on #1 until the media picks it up and then as soon as it starts to fade you start in on #2 and so on.

There's a reason machinegun ammo comes in belts...

Posted by: Tlaloc on February 5, 2010 at 3:00 PM | PERMALINK

I'm with DAY on investigations. Make the GOP's have their brains exploding protecting Bush admin hacks rather than attacking Democratic legislation.

Turn the too many targets problem the other way and use investigations as a diversion.

Posted by: catclub on February 5, 2010 at 3:01 PM | PERMALINK

But then, so do you. It's just a different tired crap, but at least as repetitious.

Mart - The difference is that people like Neill are pretending they're addressing the post, yet continue to say the same damn thing no matter what Benen wrote; while I do this to address the people like Neill. And while he continues to hammer away at how pointless it all is because the "Dims" are as corrupt as the "Repugnants," I'm citing reality and pointing out how much more successful Democrats have been than Republicans.

So maybe you're right and I should stop trying to correct all the naysaying and negativity that spews from a large segment of the comments here, because it's all so repetitious. But I just feel that maybe the repetition might help people absorb the fact that 2003 was a long time ago and Republicans are unpopular losers. I fail to see how that's not a message worth repeating.

Posted by: Doctor Biobrain on February 5, 2010 at 3:43 PM | PERMALINK

What's the worst that can happen if the Dems just ram through the rule changes they need to pass legislation and let the GOP try to undo them next time it reclaims the Senate or House? How can that be politically or morally any worse than the current situation?

Posted by: beejeez on February 5, 2010 at 3:45 PM | PERMALINK

Broad hint to dim bulb Biobrain: When you're accused of blowharding repetitiously, it's best not to attempt to defend yourself via repetitious blowharding.

Unless you're a gigantic parody troll, in which case carry on, my man.

Posted by: Mart on February 5, 2010 at 3:56 PM | PERMALINK

In other words, the biggest Democratic political problem of the day is ...

That they're weak, spineless, brain-dead, incompetent, half-witted goddamned DEMOCRATS!

Watch them piss this away like they have everything else over the past year. Now now, can't be mean to these poor Republicans, can we?

Latte-drooling, Chardonnay-swilling, Volvo-crashing schmucks that they are.

Posted by: TCinLA on February 5, 2010 at 4:47 PM | PERMALINK

Doc---stop stepping in steaming piles of Mart. You'll stain the carpet, and the smell will be---well, repetitious at best. He's obviously received funding from Neill's PAC....

Posted by: S. Waybright on February 5, 2010 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK

He's obviously received funding from Neill's PAC....

Oh, fuck, no. Neill's just as annoying as Biobrain, just flogging a different horse. As I said before. Pretty clearly. Remember?

Posted by: Mart on February 5, 2010 at 4:55 PM | PERMALINK

"or"? Why not "and"?

Posted by: Dan on February 5, 2010 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

There are never too many opportunities. If the Dems had any cajones, they'de buy ads for every commercial break and do an ad on each topic during an entire show.

It's time empty the entire clip.

Posted by: bdop4 on February 5, 2010 at 5:00 PM | PERMALINK

There's horse-flogging, and then there's horse-flogging. It comes in varying degrees, Mart. Maybe you've an alternative to suggest?

Posted by: S. Waybright on February 5, 2010 at 5:05 PM | PERMALINK
The problem is not too many targets. The problem is the lack of narrative.

Republicans lie.
Republicans are not interested in the work of running the country.
Republicans are more interested in helping lobbyists than honest citizens.

Tie all of those targets into a narrative, and then the anecdotes have a reason to exist in the public sphere. Otherwise, why is it important that a Senator from Maine, a state 99% of us don't live in, said something stupid about Abdulmutallab, who didn't blow anybody up?

reino has it exactly right, and until the Dems who have the power and influence start realizing and acting on this, nothing is going to change.

Posted by: RandyG on February 5, 2010 at 5:15 PM | PERMALINK

A query, if I may: Randy, why should we wait for those with power and influence? Those with the "power" lack the fortitude to exercise influence---thus it is left to the rest of us to "pump it up".

Yes?

Posted by: S. Waybright on February 5, 2010 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

I didn't mean to imply that we should "wait for those with power and influence"... and we haven't, from my observations and deep involvement of these last few years. But until Democratic leaders and spokesmen -- right up to the WH -- start getting with the program on a simple and consistent narrative regarding the failure of Republicans and so-called conservatives, I'm not optimistic that anything is really going to change. Trying to negotiate and make nice with a belligerently unwilling and unscrupulous partner doesn't work. How hard is that to see and act on?

Posted by: RandyG on February 5, 2010 at 6:05 PM | PERMALINK

Hear that? It's crickets chirping. Nothing done as of 6:25pm 02/05/2010

Posted by: ComradeAnon on February 5, 2010 at 6:23 PM | PERMALINK

With a list like that you start with the first point. When they respond you use point 2 and ask why they are so concerned with point 1 which is so yesterday. And so on to point 3 and point 3 then back to point 1 and keep them responding to yesterdays attack. And if the get hip, since they developed the tactic you bring in 5 & 6 as needed.

Of course this works best if you have your own echo machine to keep up the reps.

Posted by: montag on February 5, 2010 at 6:28 PM | PERMALINK

Horseshit! The one the Democrats need to go all in to defeat is Olympia Snowe. This is always a flaw of Democrat strategy - they don't want to pressure the "nice" Republicans even though it does them exactly zero good when it comes to important votes. All senate votes are equal - you need to target the ones you can win. It would be much easier to pressure Snowe than that fuckwit in Alabama. The reward is the same.

Posted by: A N O'Ther on February 5, 2010 at 11:49 PM | PERMALINK

...because that muddles the message." Steve Benen.

Shelby wants pork - politics before country.
McConnell defames the FBI - politics before country.
Republicans and Wall Street money - politics before country
Eliminating SS and Medicare - politics before country.
Republicans lying about national security - politics before country.
Republicans questioning motives of the Pentagon/JCoS - partisan politics.
Notice a pattern? Go with it. Toss Republican whining about "bi-partisanship" right back at them. Let THEM try to explain how they're NOT being partisan.
On television.
In 30 seconds.

Posted by: Doug on February 6, 2010 at 2:33 AM | PERMALINK

Focus on the Senate. The House can get things done with a simple majority. The Dems must target obstruction in the Senate if they are to get anything done. Hammer McConnell relentlessly and take advantage of opportunities like the Shelby incident.

The media made much of the Nelson healthcare demand, which was never seriously going to make it out of reconciliation. The Shelby hold is as egregious, if not more. Hammer it home and note the double standard with the Nelson deal.

Bob


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