Posted on | September 20, 2010 | 34 Comments
President Obama’s political advisers, looking for ways to help Democrats and alter the course of the midterm elections in the final weeks, are considering a national advertising campaign that would cast the Republican Party as all but taken over by Tea Party extremists, people involved in the discussion said.
If Democrats were smart, they’d ignore that kind of advice. Polls have shown that the Tea Party is more popular than Obama and if there is one thing the American people have gotten sick and tired of hearing in the past 18 months, it’s that anyone who disagrees with the president’s policies is a racist kook.
To quote Travis Tritt: “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’ Anymore.”
Which is why I think, when push comes to shove, the Democrat attack in the fall campaign will be their bread-and-butter: Class warfare. Go back to the PA-12 special election, where Tim Burns got blistered with hundreds of thousands of dollars of DCCC class-warfare TV ads:
Democratic ads accused Burns of favoring tax cuts for companies that “ship jobs overseas” and, as nonsensical as the charge may seem — whoever proposed any such policy? — it evidently served its purpose of appealing to job-security fears among many blue-collar voters in this Rust Belt district.
This leads to what should be a profoundly disturbing thought for the Right: If Democrats can win elections by making these sorts of far-fetched class-warfare attacks against Republicans, have conservatives really won “the war of ideas”? Thirty years after Ronald Reagan’s election and the supposed victory of the supply-side revolution in economics, could it be that a majority of the electorate are now hostile toward the free market? . . .
Mark my words, going into these final six weeks, we’re going to see lots of endangered Democrats running ads accusing their GOP challengers of being sold out to corporate fat cats: “Tax cuts for the rich!”
Will it work? I don’t know. But there used to be a guy who knew how to fight back against that kind of stuff. I wish the Republican Party would put this video on every TV station in the country:
Professor Jacobson says “The Lombardi Rule” is in effect.
Six weeks to Nov. 2. Go out there and win one for the Gipper!