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Friday, January 22, 2010

Thought for the Day

With polling consistently showing the Republican "brand" is still weak, I'm wondering if maybe the Dem strategy should be to "nationalize" the 2010 election and run against the Republican brand.

Maybe the answer is to jiujitsu the Republicans, getting them on the record against healthcare and getting them on the record defending banks, bonuses, and rich people, and then running against that. (as it looks like there will be no major achievement to run on.)

It seems that in this period of economic grief, folks are wanting to rabble. Perhaps the Dems should take a hint from the tea party summer, and turn the non-tea party rabble back against the Republicans (..."who are more interested in protecting Wall Street bonuses than providing healthcare...).

It would fire up what is reported to be a less than fired up base.

10 Comments:

  • The Tea Party people are running on some kind of inner anger. I just don't see that kind of anger in the Dem base. More like complacency ...or impotence.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:33 AM  

  • But that's kinda my point. To overcome the complacency by ginning up populist anger against the Repubs as proxy for wall street.

    To take all that economic angst and turn it into a class warfare cry.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:03 PM  

  • Maybe. It looks to me like the population has been sedated.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:07 PM  

  • Well. It's harder to get excited when your people are in power. The sense of imminent harm is much less.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:12 PM  

  • True. But that's a definition of complacency.

    Prediction: the GOP are going to field lots of good-looking energetic young candidates.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:02 PM  

  • I agree, mike. It's the populist tide that ushered Obama (and the long coat-tails) into the (super)majority. Dropping that strategy is ridiculous, particularly in tough economic times. If the electorate is not ripe for challenging the status quo and powerful institutions now, then they certainly will not be when "things are going well."

    To the note of being sedated, I once saw a pretty good editorial cartoon that compared an Orwellian nightmare loss of society through endless fear and oppression to the Huxley model of a far less dramatic self-sedated, wilt of disinterest while society crumbles.

    I think Huxley was right.

    By Blogger zen, at 12:05 PM  

  • By Blogger zen, at 12:06 PM  

  • I don't think the problem is complacency or sedation. Speaking for myself, it's disillusionment in how little of the promised "change" is happening, in spite of the fact that (or even because) the people in power are supposed to be "my people."

    Even with strong majorities in congress, the Democrats are pathetic. What's going to happen after November when they lose much of those majorities?

    By Anonymous abi, at 2:24 PM  

  • I imagine a lot of people feel that way abi. It almost looks like hope versus reality. I can't even remember what kind of change was supposed to happen.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:01 PM  

  • Zen, I think the (naive) idea was that they could bide time until 2011 and start to run on accomplishments.

    ...

    Abi that's a pretty good argument and sentiment I share, but from that footing, they have to ways to go.

    1) Run on those accomplishments we don't think are happening or 2) Run "populist" against the other side.

    I think #2 would be awhole lot easier than accomplishing anything.

    ....

    Anon, That's both the beauty and the trap of the Obama campaign themes. "Hope" and "Change" were vessels which allowed supporters a positive outlet to channel all those "wanting Bush to be over feelings.

    You were supposed to pour your interpretations into those words/ Their job was to stoke your longing without contradicting your vision.

    ...

    And, as an aside, we have another populist trope today, Obama railing against the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 7:02 AM  

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