Democratic National Committee Chair Tim Kaine today announced the
Democrats' strategy for the November elections. Democrats are thought to
face a very difficult series of elections this year with most analysts
predicting deep losses in both houses of Congress. Is the DNC's plan any
- Accomplishments vs. Obstruction The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder writes that
"the Democrats want to offer voters a choice, not a referendum, based on
a foundation of real accomplishments, including the transition from a
recession to a recovery." Also, "The other part of the
message: Republicans have been obstructionists, they've been the party
of Wall Street, and they're becoming more and more extreme with each
- Tying Republicans to Wall Street
Time's Adam Sorensen connects the
midterm strategy to the ongoing fight for financial regulatory reform.
"Democrats are trying to establish a narrative for the campaign season:
Republicans stood by while the financial crisis caused the Great
Recession, then stood in the way as Dem reformers swooped in to clean up
- Calling Out GOP Obstruction Politico's Mike Allen says the goal is "to frame the election as a choice
between Republicans who have practiced politically motivated
obstruction, and Democrats who have delivered big time for the American
people." The Plum Line's Greg Sargent adds, "Kaine will frame the choice by
listing Dem accomplishments and
contrasting them with historic GOP levels of cynicism, negativism and
extremism, which Kaine will say are fundamentally at odds with American
optimism and purpose."
- Anti-Incumbent Sentiment Poses Big
Problem NBC News' Mark Murray reads the
polls. "Members of Congress face the most anti-incumbent electorate
since 1994, with less than a third of all voters saying they are
inclined to support their representatives in November," he writes.
"Dissatisfaction is widespread, crossing party lines, ideologies and
virtually all groups of voters. Less than a quarter of independents and
just three in 10 Republicans say they're leaning toward backing an
incumbent this fall."
- Only Works If Dems Improve Peoples'
Lives Open Left's Chris Bowers nods, "It was heartening to hear the
head of one of the three Democratic political committees admit that the
important important factor in electoral outcomes for a governing party
is to actually improve people's lives. There is, in the end, a limit to
what campaign strategy can achieve. Even if it is of course necessary
to sell your governing accomplishments to voters, that is a lot easier
when you actually have real governing accomplishments. Whether
Democrats have done enough by Novemmber 2, 2010, will be the main
determining factor in the 2010 elections."
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