Democrat Disconnect

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With midterm elections approaching and polls showing Republicans set to make gains in both the House and Senate, Democrats are moving to counter conservative momentum. These strategies may remind voters why the party is in such trouble in the first place.

While George W. Bush left office nearly two years ago, don’t expect Democrats to let the former president become a distant memory anytime soon. Bush is set to be a primary focus of struggling Democrats, who saw gains in the last two elections, but are now struggling in polls.

Meanwhile, the White House desperately searches for new villains by adding John Boehner to a list that includes Joe Garton and Mitch McConnell as obstructionist Republicans. Garton made headlines when he said BP was owed an apology from the government in the early days of the disaster. Months later, the White House continues to use his name to conjure up bad feelings for the minority party.

While tarnishing the names of political foes, Democrats have also decided to harness the power of a deep and thoughtful countermovement propaganda campaign. The Agenda Project, a progressive organization, has announced the “F*** Tea Project,” an organization whose purpose is “to dismiss the Tea Party and promote the progressive cause.”

The group symbolizes the disconnect between elitist Washington liberals and the growing populist and libertarian backlash to all things incumbent. The group’s name alone symbolizes the arrogance Democrats have shown toward their own constituents, and just how badly out of touch Beltway liberals are. This isn’t a grassroots group, or a collection of 14-year-olds with bad language. This is a serious political group whose founder, Erica Payne, is a former National Democratic Committee official who helped found Democracy Alliance. The group was responsible for at least $100 million in fundraising for Democratic causes.

Between the profanity and negative campaigning, conspicuous by its absence in these election strategies is the Democratic legislative record. After two years, the party should be able to tout cap-and-trade, Wall Street regulations, health care reform, the auto bailouts, and the stimulus as grand accomplishments. But it can’t. Because most of these policies are deeply unpopular.

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  • Conscience

    DEEPLY UNPOPULAR — and counter constituency. Anything Americans don't like is being ignored by their elected representatives. Washington is doing what it wants; not what America wants! The whole lot needs to apologize — as they pack their bags in Nov.

  • Steve

    It's Joe Barton, not Garton.

  • Jim C.

    It's one thing to look at the Democrat's "polling woes" as evidence of their unpopularity. But then you see the polls that 18%–nearly 1/5 of the country–think Barack Obama is a Muslim!

    This shows beyond a shadow of doubt that nearly 1/5 of the country functions day-to-day, at a level of intelligence that is borderline mentally handicapped. Yes, nearly 1/5 of the country is just that dumb. It boggles the mind! That so many people have willingly neglected their duty as citizens to remain informed about their country and apprised of the facts is truly sad. So just keep in mind that 18% of the USA are bonafide cretins when you talk polls.

    • wasicu36

      What evidence do you have that he isn't a muzzard? He certainly panders to them, was registered at school in Indonesia as one; he doesn't appear to be a very good one, but then he's not very good at anything (except destruction of America).

      In the end it really doesn't matter; all that matters is the fact that this thing is one of our most destructive enemies, and it needs to be neutered.

    • Rwenotmen

      Interesting that you would be more concerned about 18% (of those polled) believing that the man is a muslim than the appalling fact that 50+% of voters in this country elected him. I had to hold my nose to vote for McCain, but to cast my vote for an arrogant novice was just out of the question. So in using your logic, it's more like 50% of the active electorate in the 2008 presidential election cycle that are the real threat. Now THAT boggles the mind.
      P.S. It probably wouldn't hurt the president to darken the door of a christian church now and then to dispell the doubts of that "looney" 18%.

    • stevesilvr

      Jim C.

      If Obama claims he is a Christian then it is absurd to claim he is a Muslim. However his father is a Muslim and he was raised as a Muslim. The Muslim religion does not allow anyone to leave the religion. Therefore the vast majority of the Muslim world would consider him a Muslim. Thats a lot of people.

      Steve Silver

    • LordJesusBeInMy♥

      obama is a muslim. It's the other 82% who don't know it that I'm worried about. And all you've done is show your ignorance that you don't know he's a muslim!

    • Jim Johnson

      Perhaps the stupid 1/5 just think he is Muslim on the inside. Perhaps they got the idea from Obama's actions and words. Well if they think he is Muslim in any form they are stupid. He is a very religious man.
      You see
      Obama is devoutly incompetent. The real contest is' who is more incompetent Bush or Obama.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Attending a Republican gatheing at a County Fair I noticed across from the
    meeting the Democrats pavilion, it was empty and someone crossed the
    c out of the sign Demoxrats and put in and n for Demonrats. Is it true that
    the once proud Democratic Party is not the party of Demon-rats………….
    I could hear sounds coming from the trash, could it be…………what is the
    pitch, elect a demon-rat in your town soon?…………………….William

  • tanstaafl

    Why does the picture at the head of this column remind me of that children's song "The Three Blind Mice"?

  • Philosopherking

    Democrats tend to get into office with emotion passion and energy. Without that energy they can't go anywhere. In my opinion, a smart political operator would nullify any energy they have by pointing out how much they have cowtowed to the right. Then challenge any leftist about what is the point of voting for someone who doesn't support what you want. They then have doubts about supporting their people which kills their enthusiasm, energy, and passion.

  • crsfructso

    Everything the Democrats have done the past almost 2 years have been very unpopular to the regular hard working American people. One thing that they are continuously chipping away at is the Second Amendment: "A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be
    infringed." Liberals are saying that it is their right to regulate this. What part of "the right of the people" do they not understand? It did not say "the right of an army" or "the right of the State." So, now, the liberals have limited the quantity of ammunition a person can buy. It just proves how fearful the Democrats are – especially Obama – that the "people" will rise up in arms to defend and protect their rights as stated in the Constitution. All I can say is: Byebye, Democrats. Come November I would love to see your donkey's behind out of office.