The Democratic Party is already preparing its talking points for the 2010 midterm election. The Democrats are going to deal with the thumping they are getting on two fronts. However, they are in great danger of being perceived as clueless.
According to the Washington Post, the first track the Democrats will follow is to claim that the 2010 midterm election results occurred due to factors the Democrats were not in control of:
“1) the party of the President historically loses seats in midterm elections; 2) too many people are looking for work or struggling to get by as a result of 8 years of irresponsible economic policies (and despite creating more private sector jobs in the last 8 months than President Bush did in 8 years); and 3) the sheer number of seats we’re defending this year as a result of the successes of 2006 and 2008, including 49 Democratic Representatives on the ballot this year whose districts John McCain won in 2008. “
Excuses 1 and 3 certainly have some validity. Excuse 2 sounds like the ravings of a madman. Created? (Not created or saved.) More private sector jobs? Than Bush? In what physical universe?
There follows some blather about how the Democrats are “closing the gap” and are turning out their voters. This is a dangerous tack to take, since if the political tsunami that is now taking place is as great as many people believe, that kind of rhetoric makes the Democrats seem out of touch with reality.
But then we get to the nub of how the Democrats will deal with the 2010 midterm elections. It can be expressed in one sentence. My, aren’t those Republicans evil?
“Unfortunately, Republicans are already ignoring that responsibility. Instead of taking this opportunity to propose real solutions to create jobs and grow the economy, House and Senate Republican leaders continue to say that they are not willing to compromise on issues of importance to the American people and they are more interested in spending the next two years working to deny President Obama a second term than they are in working on the issues the American people care about.”
How much this is positioning and posturing and how much it indicates the overall strategy for the next two years is unknown at this time. President Obama is not seen to be a person prone to compromise and trimming his sails as the political winds of fortune shift against him. It could be that they intend to declare open war on the new Republican-dominated Congress, grinding things to a halt, using the veto pen with abandon, and shooting calumnies against the GOP with wild abandon.
The hope, one suspects, is that Obama, like Harry Truman, can run against a “do nothing Congress” in 2012 to victory. In that event, the President risks being tarred as a “do nothing President,” out of touch, still trying to sell what the American people aren’t buying. Then he truly becomes Jimmy Carter and falls to the Republican nominee.
And that nominee might well be Sarah Palin, projected to be the winner of the 2010 election. It will be ironic that the first African American president might pave the way for the first female American president.
Source: DNC election day talking points, Greg Sargent, Washington Post, November 2nd, 2010