Dems’ new midterm message: These tea-party wingnuts have captured the GOP

posted at 5:23 pm on July 28, 2010 by Allahpundit

It’s working in Nevada. Why not try it nationally too?

Here’s why I, like Rick Santorum, can’t quite see the genius in Pawlenty positioning himself as an antidote to ye olde Republican “country club elitists.” Isn’t that caricature a tad outdated, especially at a moment when prominent liberals are in the news for not paying their yacht tax? Granted, the Dems will trot it out occasionally for old time’s sake (“John McCain owns seven homes!”), but ever since the fateful DNC ad last year attacking townhall protesters as “angry mobs,” their main attack on conservatives hasn’t been that they’re upper-crust snobs. Rather the opposite — that they’re feral rednecks stampeding towards the voting booth to devour Great Society II like the zombies pouring into the mall at the end of “Dawn of the Dead.” And so we come full circle with a new ad, whose cheesy mock-horror soundtrack would make George Romero cringe and whose targets — policy wonk Paul Ryan is scarrrry but Marco Rubio, a serious threat to win in Florida, isn’t? — are somewhat inexplicable. Or maybe not so inexplicable: Ryan is included for having committed the radical wingnut offense of offering a deadly serious solution to the deadly serious problem of long-term fiscal unsustainability, which even Obama himself acknowledges as a crisis. Lest you ever wonder how committed Democrats really are to solving the entitlement crisis, remember this and know that they were happy to list a guy like Ryan as a resident of “crazy-town.”

Here’s the write-up of the Dems’ presser this afternoon rolling out the ad. Looks like Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was tasked with playing the race card, a duty I’m sure she was happy to perform. Exit question: Up until now, the Democratic line has been that the GOP wants nothing more than to return to Bush’s agenda. Given that Bush was responsible for TARP, for the Medicare prescription-drug expansion, for pushing amnesty, and various other policies that are anathema to most tea partiers, how exactly does this new message square with the old one? “Bush is the font of all evil — except that the tea party is worse”?


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I knew McCain was doomed when that “suspend my camapaign” nonsense happened and all he did was leisurely go to Washington to vote for bailouts.

Speedwagon82 on July 28, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Why is it whenever someone might slightly disagree with you or point out where you may be wrong, you question their motives?

Because you didn’t slightly disagree with me–you outright disputed it.
And you’re going to an awful lot of trouble to make Republicans look bad right before we’re about to have an historic sweep at the polls.

if Repubs leadership can’t convince 8 members of their own party not to vote for a new tax, they are either not working too hard or they are incompetent in their leadership abilities

They can’t kick members out of Congress simply for not voting with the party.
8 (R)s thought that cap & tax (as a way to fight AGW) was OK back before Climategate, the Tea Parties and voter outrage showed them differently.

And if they can’t convince 7 Blue Dog Democrats to vote against Obamacare, again…they aren’t working hard enough or it is a lack in their leadership ability.

First of all, Blue Dog Dems aren’t really the House GOP’s responsibility, are they?
Secondly, Obama bribed the Blue Dogs, led by Stupak, who were going to oppose ObamaCare because of it funded abortion.
There were, however, 30-40 or so Dems who did oppose O-care.

Too bad you can’t see that because living in denial does nothing to help Republicans.

ramrants on July 28, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Too bad you can’t see that you know very little about what’s going on in Congress and how hard GOP reps are working to hold back the Oilbama agenda.
You should and could follow it all on Twitter while it’s happening.
I do and so do thousands of other conservative patriots.

Jenfidel on July 28, 2010 at 9:22 PM

They can’t kick members out of Congress simply for not voting with the party.
8 (R)s thought that cap & tax (as a way to fight AGW) was OK back before Climategate, the Tea Parties and voter outrage showed them differently.

Do you understand what LEADERSHIP is? It isn’t about “kicking people out”. It is about leading a group of people in the direction you want them to go. It is about persuading them to vote the way you want them to vote. It is about negotiating, planning, self discipline, and so on. If you can’t get members of your OWN party to vote against legislation, you are failing at your role as a leader. How is it that the Democrats were able to get Republicans to vote against their parties wishes? Why could the Dems convince these people and the Repubs couldn’t?

First of all, Blue Dog Dems aren’t really the House GOP’s responsibility, are they?

Again, how is it that Democrats can get Republicans to vote against their parties wishes and the Republicans can’t? I can’t stand Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid, but they obviously have better leadership skills than the Republicans do. A strong leader is one who uses their skills to negotiate, convince, etc. with people to get them to do what they want. Something the Republicans are lacking at the moment.

You know what another component of strong leadership is? WAlKING THE WALK. Sure, Republicans are out talking about cutting expenses and your their “You Cut” program, but then you see they are spending our tax dollars on themselves. They are no better than Democrats. Republicans are partly responsible for the mess we are in (all the deficit spending during the Bush administration and the earmarks on steroids during their tenure at the helm is no better than the dems) and there is no indication, based on current behavior, they would be any different from Democrats.

They have the same “let them eat cake” mentality of Obama and trips to Spain and renting out 30 rooms at a 5 star hotel.

Again, no LEADERSHIP amongst Republicans.

ramrants on July 28, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Again, no LEADERSHIP amongst Republicans.

ramrants on July 28, 2010 at 10:03 PM

You can rant and rave all you want, but there’s only so much Republicans can do as the minority party in both houses.
Which is why we Republicans are working hard to take back both in NOvember.

John Boehner has done a great job as Minority Speaker, as has Mitch McConnell in the Senate.
Up and against Reid, Pelosi and the Precedent, they’ve done fine work which we all hope will only get better once we get a majority and start to rollback Liberalism.

Jenfidel on July 28, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Up until election day 2008, the vast, vast majority of readers were convinced McCain was going to win even though every poll for weeks had shown Obama comfortably ahead. If some of you guys want to believe that the entire public thinks exactly as you do, have at it.

Allahpundit on July 28, 2010 at 5:52 PM

No, AP, it’s that the entire country doesn’t think like the Upper West Side that you seem to have a problem grasping from time to time. Most of us knew McCain was toast after Lehman Brothers went under. We were just hoping against hope.

ddrintn on July 28, 2010 at 10:15 PM

You know what’s really scarrry? Americans can NOT find jobs!

So the questions YOU need to ask yourself is:

Are YOU better off now, than you were a year ago? What will happen if YOU lose YOUR JOB? Why is it that the GOP are the only ones saying “we need to create jobs”? NO ONE IN THE DEMOCRAT PARTY (including Obama) IS DEMANDING JOBS. NOT ONE!

TN Mom on July 28, 2010 at 10:24 PM

John Boehner has done a great job as Minority Speaker, as has Mitch McConnell in the Senate.

OK – if you say so.

ramrants on July 28, 2010 at 11:41 PM

ramrants on July 28, 2010 at 11:41 PM

While not agreeing or disagreeing with your premise, could you find someone else besides Mr. Scarborough as a source. He’s lost his mind.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2010 at 11:50 PM

Note to the DNC: Insulting the voters is not a strategy for electoral success.

Blacksmith on July 29, 2010 at 12:27 AM

Exit question: Up until now, the Democratic line has been that the GOP wants nothing more than to return to Bush’s agenda. Given that Bush was responsible for TARP, for the Medicare prescription-drug expansion, for pushing amnesty, and various other policies that are anathema to most tea partiers, how exactly does this new message square with the old one? “Bush is the font of all evil — except that the tea party is worse”?

Hey now, you know the Democratic drill: No facts, just feelings, good intentions, and “science.”

calbear on July 29, 2010 at 1:29 AM

This seems like a win for Republicans since the polling I saw shows most Americans agree with the Tea Party message.

This is like calling Republicans conservative. That is not a bad thing.

petunia on July 29, 2010 at 7:21 AM

This is like calling Republicans conservative. That is not a bad thing.

petunia on July 29, 2010 at 7:21 AM

I thought the same thing. Ending the Dept of Education and Dept of Energy is so bad? Most Americans couldn’t care less about those mammoth, money-munching depts.

The Dems are way, way out of touch.

Grace_is_sufficient on July 29, 2010 at 9:08 AM

I can certainly understand the Democrats being concerned about The Tea Party taking over the Republicans. That means they will have to deal with real Americans and not RINO’s that kiss their a$$ every time A Dem ties his shoelace.

Herb on July 29, 2010 at 9:45 AM

This seems like a win for Republicans since the polling I saw shows most Americans agree with the Tea Party message.

This is like calling Republicans conservative. That is not a bad thing.

petunia on July 29, 2010 at 7:21 AM

Ending the Dept of Education and Dept of Energy is so bad? Most Americans couldn’t care less about those mammoth, money-munching depts.

The Dems are way, way out of touch.

Grace_is_sufficient on July 29, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Exactly. This ad doesn’t bother me at all, because I know that the majority of the country sees right through it. The only people who will agree with the ad were those who already did – it’s not about to sway any independents, who are very much with the Tea Party (which is due in great part to the TP actively avoiding social issues. VERY SMART).

Now, the RGA ads, on the other hand, may have a very good chance of changing some hearts and minds, and I don’t say that just because I’m biased: I say it because the things that the Dems say in that vid are GENUINELY SCARY, independent of the creepy music. Here, we have to take their word for it that the Tea Party is evil, because nothing they show really bears that out.

I actually hope they keep up with this: nothing like attacking regular Americans who are standing against excesses in BOTH parties to sink your crappy poll numbers further. Thanks, Dems!

Animator Girl on July 29, 2010 at 9:52 AM

John Boehner has done a great job as Minority Speaker, as has Mitch McConnell in the Senate.

You’ve got to be kidding! What have they done except allowed for the passing of some of the most extreme statist legislation in the history of America? When it counted McConnell couldn’t hold the “republicans” together; FinReg bill, health-care industry takeover bill, unemployment entitlement bills, housing bailout bills, and Stimulus. And that is the short list!

JeffVader on July 29, 2010 at 11:56 AM

What have they done except allowed for the passing of some of the most extreme statist legislation in the history of America?
JeffVader on July 29, 2010 at 11:56 AM

You’re wrong.
Senate Republicans, almost unanimously in most cases, did not vote for the bills you cited.
This is not the “allowing” the passage of that legislation or McConnell’s fault.
Once a Senator votes “No,” that’s all they can do.
And they are in the minority, you know.
The only solution is to increase the number of Republicans in both houses.
BTW, did you write your Senators and tell them to vote “No?”
Our representatives vote the way they think their constituents want them to vote.

Jenfidel on July 29, 2010 at 2:38 PM

PROTECT THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OIL SPILL…

as if Republicans want to protect the Obama administration’s abhorrent lack of law enforcement, and lack of mandated oil rig inspections that BP never performed leading to their Gulf Gusher, they not only being Obama’s campaign contributor but also strong supporters of cap and trade.

maverick muse on August 23, 2010 at 4:55 PM

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