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July 24, 2014 10:49 AM Will a Lawsuit Energize the Base?

By Ed Kilgore

Greg Sargent reports today that the DCCC is planning to make the House GOP’s sponsorship of a lawsuit against the president a major talking point in campaign communications this August:

Democrats will be pumping robocalls highlighting the lawsuit into the districts of 18 vulnerable House Republicans, Israel says. The robocalls, which preview the messaging Dems will employ while Members are at home for recess, say:
“Republicans in Congress are about to vote to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on a frivolous lawsuit against President Obama. Even worse, Congressman [X] is voting against priorities that actually would help middle class families — like equal pay for equal work and lower interest rates on student loans…tell Congressman [X] to focus on fixing the economy, not wasting our money.”
“We’re going to make August very hot,” [DCCC Chair Steve] Israel told me. “Paid ads, robocalls, rallies, protests — we’re going to use earned and paid media to continue to drive the critical contrast between Republicans focused on suing the president and issuing subpoenas versus Democrats who are focused on specific economic solutions.”

The contrast of focused activity on economic issues versus more frivolous anti-Obama crap is an essential one, obviously. And I guess we are to assume that the “lawsuit” and “subpoenas” will be understood as substitutes for or even preliminaries to impeachment, which is probably true.

But is “They’ll see us in court!” a big base energizer for either side? I dunno. Let me hear what you think in the comments thread.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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