Democrats pivot from Boehner, find exciting new villain for midterms

posted at 5:42 pm on September 13, 2010 by Allahpundit

I saw it coming last month. The only surprise is that it took this long.

It was a telling moment at Senator Tom Harkin’s 33rd annual steak fry, where Mr. Plouffe, along with David Axelrod, a senior adviser to the president, came to try to dispel the predictions of a dismal November for Democrats. They promoted the party’s accomplishments, but they suggested that if members needed more enticement for Election Day, they should keep Ms. Palin and other Republicans at the forefront of the conversation.

“Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are bad enough, but they’re not the real Republican Party,” Mr. Plouffe said. “It is Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. That is the power. All of these Republican candidates have to pledge allegiance to them, their intolerance and their backwards thinking.”…

This year, Ms. Palin’s name came up again and again. She is set to make her first trip of the year to Iowa on Friday as the marquee speaker at the Republican Party’s annual Ronald Reagan Dinner, an appearance that will undoubtedly fuel a round of speculation — founded or not — about whether she intends to run for president in 2012…

“We asked Glenn Beck to estimate the size of the crowd. He said 500,000,” Mr. Harkin said, taking a swipe at the conservative television host who held a large rally last month in Washington. “We asked Sarah Palin. She said it was so big that she could see it from Wasilla.”

Ba-dum-bum. Nothing surprising about this, of course: They’ve got zip to run on and need something that will, in Plouffe’s freighted turn of phrase, “get Democrats excited.” A Two Minutes Hate lasting from now to November is their best/only option and Palin’s a much more logical target for it than Boehner. For one thing, not only are her numbers among centrists poor but, er, people actually know who she is; for another thing, their moronic whining about Boehner’s lobbyist ties has become the political equivalent of an exploding cigar. Why, even their painfully lame jokes about Palin are slightly less painfully lame than their painfully lame jokes about Boehner. She’s a big bullseye and he’s a little one, so if you were a frantic Democratic campaign manager looking to goose your base, which one would you aim at? Call it … the politics of fear. No doubt Chris Coons’s first ad showcasing Palin’s endorsement of Christine O’Donnell is already in the works.

In fairness, their midterm message isn’t wholly negative; below you’ll find Campus Progress’s bold attempt to lock down the coveted “tween” vote for decades to come. Exit quotation from David Axelrod, July 26, 2009: “I can tell you with absolutely honesty that when I sit around with my political friends … there’s very little or no discussion of Sarah Palin.”


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Golly gee, where are the trolls to tell us what an effective strategy this is? crr6? Drywall? Anyone?

Grace_is_sufficient on September 13, 2010 at 6:56 PM

First…!

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Seven Percent Solution on September 13, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Anyone who doesn’t think Sarah Palin will be the nominee in 2012 and be sworn in as President in January of 2013 is simply not paying attention.

gary4205 on September 13, 2010 at 6:58 PM

If the dems really wanted to terrorify the population into voting for the dems they would highlight castle and Mitt.

threat them with cap and trade and rommneycare. you will have the people voting dems in 2010

unseen on September 13, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Dems stratedgy: Tilt at windmills when you have nothing else to show for yourself but a 5oo lb pile of manure

Niteowl45 on September 13, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Mark Levin playing on his program now Sarah Palin’s radio ad for Christine O’Donnell.

technopeasant on September 13, 2010 at 6:59 PM

While the count of threads on Sarah Palin surely passes 100, if not 500, the search for ‘Moderate Muslims’ and Unicorns becomes even more difficult

Luka on September 13, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Palin: “Boo”

I guess we know Allahpundit is voting straight democrat ticket now!! ;)

Probably not a bad strategy, but will not help them much. Might stir up some Palin-haters on the left and the right who were going to sit at home this election. Might generate some cash for a few democrat candidates.

“Palin is extreme” vs “9.7 Unemployment”

I like the GOP’s chances with that battle. I don’t even think the GOP establishment can blow this election.

This is really all the liberals have. They can’t run on liberalism or the results of their policies. Liberalism has once again failed. The American people have been reminded what a disaster liberal policies are for our economy and freedoms. They can run ‘Palin and GOP are Extreme’ ads everyday until November, but it’s still going to be a GOP tidal wave.

chief on September 13, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Oh my.

gary4205 on September 13, 2010 at 7:00 PM

For some one they claim is so out of it, Sarah still scares them. badly.

bwahahahahaheheheheahahahahaha…………

RealMc on September 13, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Or they could threaten them with the backward thinking of free trade…oh wait all the dems support free trade too….or they could threaten them with….what exactly does the GOp elites believe in that the dem elites don’t again? Most of their positions line up with each other…..

unseen on September 13, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Anyone who doesn’t think Sarah Palin will be the nominee in 2012 and be sworn in as President in January of 2013 is simply not paying attention.

gary4205 on September 13, 2010 at 6:58 PM

I honestly don’t think so. If there’s one thing made clear by this O’Donnell kerfuffle it’s that any candidate who’s not approved by the Establishment is going to be ripped completely to shreds.

ddrintn on September 13, 2010 at 7:02 PM

The fact is this rather mysterious woman panders to nobody, doesn’t care who she upsets on the left or the right and follows her own star. She has no influential family network or billionaire patron, no massive staff structure thronged with consultants and advisers, has for two years been ignored and/or despised by most media pundits, insulted and demeaned by third rate scribblers, cold shouldered by her own state party and ignored by her party’s national establishment. Nevertheless she has become one of the most influential and powerful figures in American politics.

unseen on September 13, 2010 at 7:04 PM

HE HE…..I tell you what Harky…….we’ll nominate her and you see what you can do with that……I’m thinking you’ll be able to see Retirement from your house (of course everyone is on Ethanol welfare in Iowa).

“We asked Glenn Beck to estimate the size of the crowd. He said 500,000,” Mr. Harkin said, taking a swipe at the conservative television host who held a large rally last month in Washington. “We asked Sarah Palin. She said it was so big that she could see it from Wasilla.”

PappyD61 on September 13, 2010 at 7:04 PM

I honestly don’t think so. If there’s one thing made clear by this O’Donnell kerfuffle it’s that any candidate who’s not approved by the Establishment is going to be ripped completely to shreds.

ddrintn on September 13, 2010 at 7:02 PM

and as the O’Donnell win will show at the end of the day the establishment is a paper tiger.

unseen on September 13, 2010 at 7:05 PM

I honestly don’t think so. If there’s one thing made clear by this O’Donnell kerfuffle it’s that any candidate who’s not approved by the Establishment is going to be ripped completely to shreds.

ddrintn on September 13, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Do you think Romney or Daniels can actually win in 2012?

Neither one is much of a fighter. That’s why we lost with McCain.

sharrukin on September 13, 2010 at 7:06 PM

“They promoted the party’s accomplishments,…”

Then why aren’t they running on them?

Seven Percent Solution on September 13, 2010 at 7:07 PM

I honestly don’t think so. If there’s one thing made clear by this O’Donnell kerfuffle it’s that any candidate who’s not approved by the Establishment is going to be ripped completely to shreds.

ddrintn on September 13, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Well, I think it is well past time to rip the establishment to shreds. Works perfectly with the Grizzly metaphor, too. Ever see what a bear can do with its mitt? Isn’t pretty.

turfmann on September 13, 2010 at 7:07 PM

and THE DOTUS has already started to spin the 11/2 results.

Last week he continued the crapspeak that “voters are frustrated by economic issues“……narry a mention that they are pissed because he and his Progressive minions in the Congress took over 1/5th of the U.S. Economy.

Now under OBAMACARE they have the OVERT power to CONTROL EVERYTHING in our lives under the banner of “IMPROVING OUR NATIONS HEALTH”.

So, the groundwork has been laid…..it’s all just about the economy, not about him, his aloofness, his endless partying, etc. It’s all about the jobs, blah blah blah.

50 days…..50 days….50 days…..

PappyD61 on September 13, 2010 at 7:10 PM

turfmann on September 13, 2010 at 7:07 PM

It also takes away the dems attack that the GOp is the party of bush

unseen on September 13, 2010 at 7:11 PM

“We asked Glenn Beck to estimate the size of the crowd. He said 500,000,” Mr. Harkin said, taking a swipe at the conservative television host who held a large rally last month in Washington. “We asked Sarah Palin. She said it was so big that she could see it from Wasilla.”

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2010 at 6:55 PM

It was so big that Hussein Louie could see it from 55 out of the 57 states and Michelle Antoinette could see it from Spain. There have been reports that even some people in that country where they speak Austrian could see it.

Luka on September 13, 2010 at 7:14 PM

“Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are bad enough, but they’re not the real Republican Party,” Mr. Plouffe said. “It is Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. That is the power. All of these Republican candidates have to pledge allegiance to them, their intolerance and their backwards thinking.”…

Like most everything else the Democrats are saying these days, I just do not get it.

Mitch McConnell is the Republican leader of the senate. He had noting to say about anythin for ALL of last year. Even today, all he has is a chance to promote a filibuster against only the most radical Obama ideas.

John Boehner is invisible as the Republicans have NO VOICE in the house as they have too few members.

Glenn Beck is TV Radio commentator who is a libertarian and has no problem whacking the Republicans over the head at every turn.

Rush Limbaugh is a radio personality. He has never had a political office of any kind.

Sarah Palin is not holding a political office of any kind. Might as well toss in Gingrich for good measure as well!

The Democrats are going to have to answer for their actions as there is just no-one to blame but themselves.

Maybe Obama can tell the Democrats to run against Nelson(D) and Lincoln(D). At least he can identify them as clear targets!

Freddy on September 13, 2010 at 7:15 PM

…..and I’m back to thinking she’s not going to run in 2012. I mean stop and think about it.

She’s already announced that she’ll tell those two Alaskan radio hosts what she’s decided to do first so do you really think she’s going to announce to the world that she’s going to pursue the Presidency in 2012 on a little radio show in the Klondike? Naaaaaa, doesn’t sound like she’s taking this seriously.

She has said REPEATEDLY she doesn’t need a title to effect change. But she’s got to go thru the motions and keep everyones’ interest as long as possible (she’s got the mashed potato circuit, the book coming out, the TV stuff, etc.). She stands to make a LOT OF $$$$$$$ between now and say next February when she might have to announce.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2010 at 7:16 PM

I imagine Sarah showing up at that steak fry. What would they say? What would they do? How would they act? I smell true fear, not yummy steak. Harkin is Iowa’s shame, we must bare him 2 more years.

IowaWoman on September 13, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Do you think Romney or Daniels can actually win in 2012?

sharrukin on September 13, 2010 at 7:06 PM

No. I think they’re both good, decent, accomplished men, but neither of them can win a national election.

If I were forced to bet right now, I’d bet that Romney will be the nominee in 2012 and he’ll lose by a margin similar to 2008.

ddrintn on September 13, 2010 at 7:23 PM

She stands to make a LOT OF $$$$$$$ between now and say next February when she might have to announce.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Absolutely. And she should. I hope she makes Forbes 100. But I still want her to back away from a presidential run. I don’t think she has any intention of throwing her hat in the ring but she’s got at least another year of mystique working for her which translates into monetary opportunities and enhancement of her resume for future use down the road. She’s a smart cookie.

sherry on September 13, 2010 at 7:25 PM

^ Romney/Thune sounds like the ticket the GOP will trot out there in 2012.

ddrintn on September 13, 2010 at 7:26 PM

I can’t believe these idiots are running the country.
Seriously. The mind boggles.

It’s no wonder the economy is swirling in the bowl when the best these bozos can come up with… even to save their own scaly hides…. is to run against PEOPLE WHO AREN’T RUNNING -or- John Boehner.

Murf76 on September 13, 2010 at 7:26 PM

If I were forced to bet right now, I’d bet that Romney will be the nominee in 2012 and he’ll lose by a margin similar to 2008.

ddrintn on September 13, 2010 at 7:23 PM

That’s my opinion as well. I was kinda hoping you could convince me it wasn’t going to happen.

sharrukin on September 13, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Come 2012 even a potted plant would do better against Hussein Louie than McCoot did.

Luka on September 13, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Come 2012 even a potted plant would do better against Hussein Louie than McCoot did.

Luka on September 13, 2010 at 7:30 PM

After two years of the GOP spinning their rino magic?

sharrukin on September 13, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Come 2012 even a potted plant would do better against Hussein Louie than McCoot did.

Luka on September 13, 2010 at 7:30 PM

I remember thinking pretty much the same thing about Clinton circa 1994.

ddrintn on September 13, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Do you think Romney or Daniels can actually win in 2012?

Neither one is much of a fighter. That’s why we lost with McCain.

sharrukin on September 13, 2010 at 7:06 PM

They are both sure loser. It will be 2008 all over again.

At this point, I could care less. The Political fatigue is setting in.

portlandon on September 13, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Actually,the crowd was so large that it almost tipped the continent over.

DDT on September 13, 2010 at 7:39 PM

PappyD61 on September 13, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Don’t be so sure, because announcing herself as a candidate for President on the Bob and Mark Show in Alaska is something I can definitely see her doing.

She said that is where she would do it, and it would be a perfect “f-you” to the traditional media establishment, giving the biggest story of 2011 to those guys, who have been in her corner since she ran for Governor.
She lets her little daughter Piper call in on that program. That is how she feels about them.

Remember this, because I predict if she gets in she will do it exactly that way, and it will be the biggest news story of the year. Everyone in New York and DC HQs will be upset about it. It is so Sarah to do it that way, and she is already telling everyone straight out. I am going to laugh when Couric, Sawyer and Williams get scooped by two guys in Anchorage on the radio.

Brian1972 on September 13, 2010 at 7:39 PM

I honestly don’t think so. If there’s one thing made clear by this O’Donnell kerfuffle it’s that any candidate who’s not approved by the Establishment is going to be ripped completely to shreds.

ddrintn on September 13, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Except for the fact that Sarah strikes back with what our “moderate” friends would call “disproportionate” force! You bring a knife, she brings a thermonuclear tipped missile!

Look, she took down the entire corrupt Republican Party machine up in Alaska. That was just a dress rehearsal for what is about to happen to the national GOP.

She’s already got more RINO heads than she has wall space to mount them on. That’s why they are building an entire new wing to the Palin “compound” on Lake Lucille!

BTW, she will add the King Daddy RINO’s head to the wall tomorrow night when O’Donnell beats Castle.

You just THOUGHT Reagan took on the elites. We are about to see a reckoning the likes of which this nation has never witnessed, and yeah, I’m just talking within the Republican Party. Never mind the Armageddon facing the democrats.

gary4205 on September 13, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Don’t be so sure, because announcing herself as a candidate for President on the Bob and Mark Show in Alaska is something I can definitely see her doing.

She said that is where she would do it, and it would be a perfect “f-you” to the traditional media establishment, giving the biggest story of 2011 to those guys, who have been in her corner since she ran for Governor.
She lets her little daughter Piper call in on that program. That is how she feels about them.

Remember this, because I predict if she gets in she will do it exactly that way, and it will be the biggest news story of the year. Everyone in New York and DC HQs will be upset about it. It is so Sarah to do it that way, and she is already telling everyone straight out. I am going to laugh when Couric, Sawyer and Williams get scooped by two guys in Anchorage on the radio.

Brian1972 on September 13, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Exactly!

Remember when she resigned as Governor? She did it in her back yard with the ducks making almost as much noise as she was, and only the local press involved.

The national media couldn’t get up there quick enough! Then she forced them to go commercial fishing with her and the family! She wrote she was hoping it would be nice and cold, typically crappy weather, and Adrea Mitchell would end up covered in fish slime! :-)

Alas, it was post card weather instead.

I’m a bit of a romantic, and think she will announce in Illinois on Reagan’s 100th birthday, but you know, I could see her air freighting Bob and Mark up there with her, or doing some sort of live feed.

Either way, she is damned sure running, and she will damned sure win.

gary4205 on September 13, 2010 at 7:51 PM

gary4205 on September 13, 2010 at 7:51 PM

I’m not sure she would step on Reagan’s birthday by appropriating it for herself, just like when I heard the rumors of an announcement this weekend on 9-11 I did not believe it for a second. It would be an awful way to use the day for yourself, when it has another purpose for everyone.

I tend to think she reveres Reagan’s legacy so highly she wouldn’t do her thing on his day, but honor him, and his legacy for America instead of her own campaign launch.

Just my hunch, but I think it is a good one.

Brian1972 on September 13, 2010 at 8:01 PM

*Wiped blood off from my undernails from that caribou hunt*

What else is going on? Because like Glenn Beck said, this mainstream media is covering the future. What they think will happen next.

And you know what? It’s gonna blow up right on their faces, because they almost never get it!

ProudPalinFan on September 13, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Actually,the crowd was so large that it almost tipped the continent over.

DDT on September 13, 2010 at 7:39 PM

I gots to acks you, are you dissin’ my man Hank Johnson (D-GA)?

slickwillie2001 on September 13, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Anyone who doesn’t think Sarah Palin will be the nominee in 2012 and be sworn in as President in January of 2013 is simply not paying attention.

gary4205 on September 13, 2010 at 6:58 PM
I honestly don’t think so. If there’s one thing made clear by this O’Donnell kerfuffle it’s that any candidate who’s not approved by the Establishment is going to be ripped completely to shreds.

ddrintn on September 13, 2010 at 7:02 PM

I received a second bid for RNC funds from Sarah Palin today, Palin is a team player when/where it counts. If she improves the coffers of the party, the party establishment may just have to rethink their strategy.

onlineanalyst on September 13, 2010 at 8:13 PM

So, they think that going after Sarah is an effective strategy? That’s fine. She eats that stuff for lunch. People who fire verbal shots at her better be strong enough to deal with the push-back.

joejm65 on September 13, 2010 at 8:23 PM

But was it a ‘hard’ pivot?

Heh…

fossten on September 13, 2010 at 8:25 PM

gary4205 on September 13, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Heh, I like the way you think. Maybe Palin could announce while another turkey slaughter is going on in the background. (Subliminal message: So long, turkeys!)

onlineanalyst on September 13, 2010 at 8:26 PM

I’m not sure she would step on Reagan’s birthday by appropriating it for herself, just like when I heard the rumors of an announcement this weekend on 9-11 I did not believe it for a second. It would be an awful way to use the day for yourself, when it has another purpose for everyone.

I tend to think she reveres Reagan’s legacy so highly she wouldn’t do her thing on his day, but honor him, and his legacy for America instead of her own campaign launch.

Just my hunch, but I think it is a good one.

Brian1972 on September 13, 2010 at 8:01 PM

You may be right. Like I said, it’s the romantic in me. I’d also like to think Ronnie would not only approve, but be introducing her, if he could.

But you are right, she is too humble to do that. She would think it a bit much.

Announcing on Bob and Mark is just her style though!

gary4205 on September 13, 2010 at 8:28 PM

Heh, I like the way you think. Maybe Palin could announce while another turkey slaughter is going on in the background. (Subliminal message: So long, turkeys!)

onlineanalyst on September 13, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Thanks! I needed that imagery for a smile.

Been a LONG week already. :-)

gary4205 on September 13, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Golly gee, where are the trolls to tell us what an effective strategy this is? crr6? Drywall? Anyone?

Grace_is_sufficient on September 13, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Dude, look at the time. It’s a school night.

CurtZHP on September 13, 2010 at 8:35 PM

I think Romney sees the writing on the wall, and he is wailing in a corner somewhere. It’s over for him.

Sarah – I dunno, I’ll reserve judgment -

seesalrun on September 13, 2010 at 9:32 PM

They are running around blaming everyone but themselves…if this group doesn’t get traction, the will probably exhume Reagan’s body and point to him…

right2bright on September 13, 2010 at 9:46 PM

I think “John Boehner’s Tan” should be fined as a perfectly false and ridiculous argument.

PattyJ on September 13, 2010 at 10:17 PM

LOL.

Because this plan worked SOOO well with Rush Limbaugh early last year?

David Plouffe is like the gift that keeps on giving. First he vilifies Rush and boosts his audience. Then he points the dems at the tea parties and we get the townhall uprising and Scott Brown.

Now if only we could get him to sustain this attack on Palin until 2012.

Christ. It’s not like Palin hasn’t demonstrated exactly how she responds under relentless assault. The last time they tried this she ended up on the NYT bestseller list for months. You’d think even the dumbest of her enemies knows this is like throwing gasoline on a fire by now.

Khorum on September 13, 2010 at 11:05 PM

“Plouffe”…that’s the sound a turd makes when it drops in the bowl.

Fighton03 on September 14, 2010 at 12:21 AM

How long have they been using Rush as the villain? How long has been on the radio? These people are goofy.

Cindy Munford on September 14, 2010 at 12:26 AM

David Axelrod, July 26, 2009: “I can tell you with absolutely honesty that when I sit around with my political friends … there’s very little or no discussion of Sarah Palin.”

Of course he can tell you, the question is whether he did actually say it, or whether he was just talking about his talking capabilities.

Phoenician on September 14, 2010 at 1:47 AM

For the average person, 90% of life is just showing up.

If you’re Sarah Palin, replace “life” with “driving your enemies insane” and “showing up” with “existing.”

Not only does she live rent-free in their heads, but she trashes the place without ever even visiting.

Merovign on September 14, 2010 at 1:59 AM

and he’s a little one

The demofascists demonizing boehner is a scam. If they wanted him gone a manila envelope would mysteriously appear on his desk and he would announce his retirement. boehner is a useful idiot for the left, a status quo, professional politician who only wants to hang onto his cushy job. They are trying to bolster his street cred so when the republicans take over congress he can hold onto the leadership. If that happens there will be a repeat of the last time the republicans controlled things for 12 years. boehner talks tough when it’s not dangerous and then bends over just as he did this week. The left wants him in control of the republicans in the house, not someone new who’ll actually push a conservative agenda.

peacenprosperity on September 14, 2010 at 7:36 AM

Sarah is a big girl, tough, honest, straight talking, fearless person of the people and will always do the right thing. Dems are fearful, backstabbing, lying, skunks who pick on girls…….GO SARAH!

Herb on September 14, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Yes, senator, they could see it from Wasilla. We saw it from Montana and some saw it from Arizona, and on and on. It was on TV you nitwit. Leave the comedy to comedians.

Kissmygrits on September 14, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Exit quotation from David Axelrod, July 26, 2009: “I can tell you with absolutely honesty that when I sit around with my political friends … there’s very little or no discussion of Sarah Palin.”

July 2009, huh. It’s September 2010 now and I bet Ax is having slightly different conversations.

The “absolute honesty” part cracks me up – is he admitting to not being “absolutely honest” when he tells people other things?

Let Dems go after Palin. Meanwhile, a whole bunch of angry people will be busy getting ready to vote them out of office.

Missy on September 14, 2010 at 10:33 AM

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