Last week was tough for Republicans. The media portrayed the Grand Old Party as a bit too much party. There were revelations of staffers at strip joints, escapades to Hawaii, and accidentally giving out a phone sex hotline in their fundraising letter. Suddenly people began wondering if Republicans were giving up their chance to win in the November elections. Well, if the Democrats decide to hold on to their new announced November strategy, the GOP might have nothing to worry about.
What is this new strategy? Well there is nothing new about it. Democrats have milked the same strategy since the 2002 mid-term elections: Blame Bush. While it didn’t work too well in 2002 or 2004, the tactic paid dividends in the 2006 and 2008 elections. But do the Democrats really think after 4 years of their dominance in Congress and 2 years of far left Obama policies that people will still think Bush is the real problem? I guess the answer is yes.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) is in charge of the Democratic Party’s reelection effort for this November. Yesterday he announced that the party of change would not be changing their scheme of targeting George W. Bush as the source of all problems.
“This time we will make the case that supporting a Republican is simply turning back the clock to Bush economic policies, the same policies that got us into this mess to begin with. [Republicans] will I think put themselves clearly in the position where they represent the status quo and that the Democrats, while we have the White House and both houses of Congress, remain the party of change and reform.” – Van Hollen
I’m not exactly sure how the “status quo” can be defined as something that took place years ago. And how can “change” be keeping the same hot mess of politicians that have been in power for the past four years? The American people know this is a Congressional election. It has nothing to do with Bush. Our country, in many ways, has fallen apart over the last four years. What party has been in power for those four years in the House and Senate? I’ll give you one hint – their mascot is a jack-ass. That is the party of status quo problems and will be booted out come November.
Another sign of the Left’s disconnect is they actually think their healthcare takeover is a winning issue for them. Van Hollen admits that the majority of Americans didn’t support the bill but thinks they are coming around.
“It’s not that people are all of a sudden converts. But they’re much more open to the idea that this is going to be a positive change.” – Van Hollen
Really? How clueless do you have to be to think that healthcare bill is going to be a winning issue in November?
The Democrats are resting on a losing strategy. However, Van Hollen did make one valid point. Van Hollen believes this election will not resemble the 1994 Republican power shift, because people didn’t just vote against Democrats but they voted for a viable alternative plan from Republicans. If such a plan exists, it has yet to be effectively communicated to the American voter. ”We ain’t Bush or We hate healthcare” will not be good enough slogans to change Washington.