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 range of ideas, including national advertisements, to cast the Republican Party as all but taken over by Tea Party extremists, people involved in the discussion said. – Obama Aides Weigh Bid to Tie the G.O.P. to the Tea Party
It’s impossible to best your adversary if you don’t at least understand their foundation. But Pres. Obama talked about Republicans wanting to take the country back to what didn’t work again today during the CNBC town hall. That’s not even close to what’s happening on the Right. No doubt the same marketing whiz that came up with new bull’s eye “D” logo for Democrats also told them to regurgitate this nonsense.
The reason it won’t work is that the Tea Party began during the Bush era as a response to his overspending. Rush, Sean and radio wingnut started the austerity chant. Tea Partyism first seen in Ron Paul’s rise, but also with Republicans and Independents believing Obama’s campaign themes. Pres. Obama’s stimulus, but particularly his corporate sponsored health care legislation, just kicked the Tea Party dissatisfaction it into high gear, with Independents, women (who were targeted by Obama, Pelosi and Stupak Democrats) and other disaffected Dems joining in; some of the reaction also rooted in racism, but not nearly as much as the economic angst. Disgruntled Dems feeling Obama compromised at a moment of maximum power, doing so on the altar of bipartisanship that would never have been granted by the Right.
So, as long as Obama and Democrats are talking about the Republicans wanting to take us all back to the era of Bush the less in tune with voters they will seem. The midterms are about deep fury at Democrats for taking power then offering solutions that not only didn’t manifest progressive change, but came about through ineffectual political management that allowed Sarah Palin and the Tea Party to take center stage, because Obama and his political team couldn’t market his own accomplishments.
Meanwhile, the White House is busy rebutting the story linked at the very top of this post, one “official” telling Politico it is “100 percent inaccurate” that Obama is looking to tie Tea Party extremism to Republicans.
Never mind the DNC already put out a video on the subject (posted here), with talking points, that I hailed back in July. It remains a very good plan, particularly for Obama looking to a tough re-election, because without Sarah Palin and the Tea Party the Republicans wouldn’t be in nearly as good a position to wash Democrats out of Washington. Besides, just because the Tea Party is in this midterm cycle doesn’t mean they’ll wear well going forward (as I’ve written before). Nothing is predictive right now, the cycles too fast and furious.
The Democrats are in complete message meltdown over what to do for November. The latest news of middle class tax cuts being floated is a start, but the foundational problem is there is no ideological compass for Democrats to follow under Pres. Obama, so nothing seems naturally purposeful or passionate, all things looking politically expedient. At a time of heart-centered revolutionary fury, Democratic calculation on middle class tax cuts seems half-hearted, almost apologetic, especially for those also saying the Bush cuts for the wealthiest should continue.
Why Dems aren’t proudly defining the Tea Party for Independents, if nothing but looking towards 2012, is beyond me. It sounds like an Obamaism, with Dems afraid to alienate anyone, even the people coming for their heads.