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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Stamping Out Blank Checks and Rubber Stamps

Democrats,

I don't have to tell you how critical it is that we end the era of single-party governance. Americans need and deserve a balance of power in Washington for the duration of Bush's term. This is why OKR will be focusing on providing messaging and politically effective solutions throughout 2006 to help ensure that Democrats take at least one chamber of congress back this fall.

We all know that there are going to be some tough races, and you cannot assume that Bush's unpopularity will automatically give you an advantage. It is incumbent upon every politician running for office to continually connect the dots between your local race and the mess this administration has gotten us into.

"Normally, this would be a race between me and my opponent -- a race to decide who represents the citizens of our [district/state]. However, this is no ordinary time in America's history. We are living in a time where the Republican party has led our country into a disastrous war, spent us into unprecedented national debt, desecrated our laws, corrupted the values we hold dear, and grew larger and more invasive than any administration in our lifetime.

But I'm not so shocked. Besides the double-speak and the false promises, this is an administration that has its own party in congress, ensuring that they could do whatever they wanted to do, and spend on everything they wanted to spend using your money, with no questions asked. What I'm saying is that the Republican majority in congress has been in the back pocket of this administration.

When you vote for me this fall, you will be voting "no" to scandals, "no" to massive debt, "no" to leaks, "no" to high gas prices, and "not good enough" to the management of the Iraq war. When you vote for me this fall, you will be voting "yes" to pressing forward in new and better ways for our great nation.

Remember, my friends and colleagues, a Republican in congress is a blank check and a rubber stamp for this administration."

4 comments:

Docciavelli said...

Hmm..."Blank Check and a Rubber Stamp." Sounds decent--a few Dem speakers have been using either/both of these for a while and I think it's worth repeating.

However, I'm a bigger fan of the comparison I've heard a few Dems down my way (in MD) using lately:
"Democrats stand with Main Street while Republicans stand with Wall Street."

Jon said...

Docciavelli,

These things are worth debating, so let's start now:

At first, when I read "Democrats stand with Main Street while Republicans stand with Wall Street," I thought, that's pretty good, I agree.

But the more I thought about it, the more I think that this is phrasing that Dems need to stay away from. And here's why I think this:

By stating that people don't win when Wall Street wins, you're positioning people (and Dems) back on the fringes of society -- people who do not have IRAs, 401k's, 403b's, or mutual funds.

This is the trap that Dems have fallen into over the past 4 decades... only "the rich" invest. The rest "of us" live on the fringes of society, with no interest in being economically successful.

That's just downright limiting in my opinion. This is why suburban Americans -- who have center-left values -- became Republicans: Democrats represented people who needed government help, and Republicans represented people who could take care of themselves.

Democrats should not be limited to constiutents and voters who cannot take care of themselves. Affluent suburbanites should also be able to feel comfortable being Democrats.

Democrats need to ween themselves off of the traditional rhetoric that characterized Democrats as winey liberals, welfare mothers, and hyper-empathetic whimps who don't believe in law and order.

Jon

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Intelligience is a powerful word. Let it work.

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