July 11, 2006

News analysis: Democratic positions: Where’s the beef?

Posted in political satire at 5:06 am by thewashingtonbeltsider

by Tom Toburn

Democratic candidates hoping to stand strong against Republican opponents in the fall elections will have to find a message and positions that effectively influence voters, and not simply present the “the Republicans are schmucks” argument. Political science expert Newt Gingrich is one of many scholars who have pointed out the futility of certain approaches to the fall mid-term elections.  “They purport to criticize the Republican position on Iraq, but what do they have to offer other than a phased withdrawal, redeployment, constructively engaging our partners, and developing alternative energy programs to lessen reliance on middle eastern oil?  That’s not a strategy.  That’s a ‘cut and run.'”

In addition, there is no Democratic alternative to Republican positions on the war on terror (other than port security and forming international coalitions), the economy (other than addressing health care and other lower income disparities), or issues on immigration (other than strengthening failing worldwide economies and protecting US workers). 

“All the public understands of Democratic policies is that they plan on raising taxes and hoping it all works out,” says pollster Stephen Root.  “If they do not formulate a strategy or slogan that is bumper-sticker ready for voters before November, they will find themselves shut out of the three branches of government yet again this year.”

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