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"The Dems' political payoff


Brilliant commentary which is one reason I've lost faith in the Republican Party as an entity.  I have not lost faith in fiscal conservatives, however.


"The Dems' political payoff

December 22, 2009 Posted by Scott at 6:36 PM
Source Powerlineblog.com

"I think that a lot of congressional Democrats are going to pay the price of Obamacare, but Andrew McCarthy highlights a key point:

The best thing about Mark Steyn's guest-host stint on Hannity last night -- other than Jonah's joining him on the panel -- was that Mark asked some pointed questions of two brilliant political strategists, Dick Morris and Karl Rove, that seemed rooted in Mark's theory that, on health care and all it entails, "The Dems are thinking strategically; the Republicans are all tactics."

For my money, I think the theory is being borne out: Democrats have their eyes on a different end-game than our guys do: namely, the establishment of permanent, European-style socialism in the U.S. Our guys are focused on converting Obama radicalism into big-time electoral success in the next election cycle. The Dems have already factored in that likelihood and are betting -- over the long haul -- that even if the GOP cuts deeply into Dem majorities or takes over Congress (and even takes over the White House in 2012), Republicans will lack the commitment (and perhaps the numbers) to roll back what the Left is accomplishing now.

That is, our guys are focused myopically on a battle the Democrats have already figured they can afford to lose. The real battle is: What do you do when you get back in power? Do you have a plan for how to undo what is being done? Do you frame the coming elections in a way that converts victory into a mandate not only to stop what Obama is doing but to undo what he has done?

I'm hearing a lot from our side about making big gains in the upcoming elections. That's not strategy or victory. You have to have a plan for what those gains would translate into. Democrats, by contrast, have a real plan for how what they're doing today will sustain Big Government, and themselves, over the long term, regardless of occasional electoral losses."


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time*treatComment by time*treat - December 23, 2009, 1:55 am
The dems have been generally better at marketing themselves and pushing their agenda forward since the days of FDR.
Even when they lose seats, their programs remain in place.
konaneComment by konane - December 23, 2009, 9:26 am
Thanks Time*treat! Yes and $pecial intere$t$ have filled some pockets of the opposition so they wouldn't raise too much fuss. Old adage money talks ..........
Comment by GASMETERGUY - December 23, 2009, 11:51 am
IMHO, there is no difference between the long term agenda of the Democrats and the Republicans. Both want this country to become Socialized or even Communistic. The Democrats are willing to let what they are shine thru while the Republicans hide behind the mantra of conservatism. That is why the Republicans will never roll back the socialist policies of the Democrats when they have the power to do so. This is also why we have RINO's in Congress. Should the need arise for a few Republican votes to pass another freedom restricting law, those votes will come from Republicans not facing election any time soon. Look at NY 23 and the special election they held up there a month ago. The Republican candidate, nominated by the Republican Party, was actually a Liberal pretending (I can't spell "masquerading") to be a conservative.
I am not sure what all this means but if both parties refuse to listen to the people, refuse to vote for what the people want and force what they want on the people, I fear for the worst.
konaneComment by konane - December 23, 2009, 3:26 pm
Thanks Gasmeterguy! Very accurately stated. Congress is continuing to function as a troupe of marionettes ..... operating at the behest of anyone but the people whose interest it's supposed to represent. That's why I'm hoping to see a roll out of strong candidates from other parties.

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