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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The party of "no, but..."

According to the WaPo, the Dems are going to try to redefine the Republicans as outside the mainstream by setting up a series of fairly popular half measures and forcing Republicans to offer alternatives when they vote against them.

We'll see how it goes....

(Then, of course, there's the broader question of whether this is what they should be doing during their time governing....)


  • Americans need simple, sound-byte, messages. If bills are smaller, more tightly packaged and targeted, they are more easily marketed to the masses.

    When bills become too large, too complex, Americans can't get their tiny heads around them. Thus, the Republican monkey-wrenchers and fear mongers can make up any sort of crap and say it in the bill, or will be a result of the bill... Because the dems can't clearly articulate the bill in a 5 sec sound byte.

    I think it might be smart for Dems to propose a series if tight, focused, populist legislation and make the Republicans stand up and say the middle class should suck it up because we don't wan't to hurt billionaires and multinationals.

    By Blogger -epm, at 9:14 AM  

  • I would argue that big bills are difficult for a very different reason. The more encompassing the bill is, the more items there are to misrepresent or generate opposition, and with a "chorus" of objectionable items, it's pretty easy to build a coalition to "slow down..." which kills the bill.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 9:56 AM  

  • Agreed. I was trying to say the same thing, but was inarticulate.

    By Blogger -epm, at 12:00 PM  

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