To cleanse the palate, blue-on-blue fun from this morning’s Christian Science Monitor breakfast. He’s used this line before, but I’m surprised he didn’t adapt it for Madam Speaker in honor of her big win yesterday. She was the one, after all, who demanded that the White House press on with ObamaCare after Scott Brown’s victory, when Rahm Emanuel started pushing for a smaller, politically safer bill. (Actual quote from Louise Slaughter the day after it passed: “She has this singular focus. This really is her bill.”) Which, of course, is why the left loves her, and why it’s absurd for her defenders to claim that she’s being scapegoated simply for advancing The One’s agenda. That agenda was and is every bit as much hers as his, if not more so. Sure, it ended up with Republicans winning 60+ seats, but who cares? She’s got balls.
Speaking of ballsy yet disastrous politics, Carville had a piece of advice for them this morning: Maybe spend less time telling voters who hate your policies how allegedly successful those policies are.
During the run up to the 2010 election, voters in focus groups “would get mad” when confronted with the administration message that its policies were working, Mr. Carville said. The CNN commentator and Tulane University professor ran President Clinton’s 1992 election campaign.
Most political messaging “goes in one ear and out the other. This one went in one ear and right to the brain. What were they thinking? It was almost universal,” Carville said.
In fact, Mr. Greenberg noted, when various Democratic messages were tested with focus groups during the 2010 campaign, “any framework tested better than trying to make the case for success.”
They really do have a “messaging” problem, in other words. Their messaging problem is saying … “We’re doing well.” Not so smart, but testicular? Absolutely. Click the image to watch.