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Democrats’ roadmap to victory in 2010

posted at 9:39 am on July 7, 2010 by

1) Make Obamacare an issue. Seriously:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is doubling down on healthcare reform, betting that it will do Democrats more good than harm in November’s elections.

She and her leadership team have seized on new polls that suggest healthcare overhaul’s popularity is rising, and they are urging members of Congress to use this week’s recess to tout the new law.

Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the party leadership have sent lawmakers back to their districts urging them to hold town hall-type meetings to highlight the law’s benefits, in the belief it could help Democrats avoid major losses in November. [emphasis added]

2) Set up a website to collect gaffes that may be used to smear candidates:

The Democratic National Committee is seeking “Macaca” moments. The party today is opening a website, www.accountabilityproject.com, designed to recruit and display embarrassing audio and video of Republican candidates, as well as information about their schedules and copies of their mailers. [. . .]

The DNC hopes campaigns and journalists will use the footage in ads and news coverage. The site targets both 2010 candidates and 2012 hopefuls.

3) Instead of defending your record, look for dirt. Jim Geraghty:

This is a sad, strange little party, and it has my pity:

The Democratic Party is moving faster and more aggressively than in previous election years to dig up unflattering details about Republican challengers. In House races from New Jersey to Ohio to California, Democratic operatives are seizing on evidence of GOP candidates’ unpaid income taxes, property tax breaks and ties to financial firms that received taxpayer bailout money.In recent weeks, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has circulated information to local reporters about Republican candidates in close races… Jon Vogel, executive director of the DCCC, said Democrats are merely pointing out that some Republican recruits in competitive House races are “flawed candidates.”

4) Re-conjure the magic of ’08:

To avoid such losses, the Democratic National Committee has committed to spending tens of millions of dollars to re-create (or come somewhere near re-creating) the 2008 election model, in which Democrats relied heavily on higher-than-normal turnout from young people and strong support from African American and Hispanic voters.

The DNC’s plan is ambitious, to say the least: In the space of a few months, the strategists hope to change the composition of a midterm electorate that, if history is any guide, tends to be older and whiter than in a presidential-election year. Put that way, it sounds crazy — and it has drawn considerable skepticism from independent observers.

5) Send the charismatic greatest-orator-since-Cicero out to campaign for all those vulnerable candidates:

You can’t be seen with Obama if you’re a Democrat who wants to win in 2010: “PPP has polled on the impact of a Barack Obama endorsement in 5 key Senate races over the last month, and it’s looking more and more clear that there’s just about nowhere Democratic candidates would benefit from having the President come to campaign with them.”

Oops. Scratch #5. But that leaves them with four sure-to-win strategies. Bring it on.

Related reading:
Obama loses independent voters
Charlie Cook predicts disaster for Dems in 2010

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It looks to me like the White House also has an unspoken strategy to try to hoodwink the voters into believing that Republicans still control the Congress and are stymieing all that Hope and Change that our Dear Leader is trying to implement. Just look at the White House statement on the recess appointment of Don Berwick. They are blaming Republicans for playing games when the Democrats who run the Senate have not even scheduled a hearing on Berwick’s nomination! What could possibly be the strategy here, except to run a “blame Republicans for everything” campaign?

rockmom on July 7, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Maybe Dr Death Panel should be on the front page?

Rationing will be a big thing with voters.

tarpon on July 7, 2010 at 10:19 AM

The democrats also need to get hundreds of thousands of marchers out in the street, carrying signs, and bullhorns to raise awareness of this important new government policy. It’s the only way to be sure of a democrat victory in November.

People to the streets!

Skandia Recluse on July 7, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Democratic operatives are seizing on evidence of GOP candidates’ unpaid income taxes

Wait, the Fascist-Democrats want to appoint Republicans to cabinet posts?

rbj on July 7, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Corollary to #4: Bash Bush.

Abby Adams on July 7, 2010 at 10:41 AM

@Abby: Right! Blaming Bush is always a winner and has no expiration date.

Pundette on July 7, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Actually that number 5 should be the number 1. What is a campaign without awesome speeches?

antisocial on July 7, 2010 at 11:51 AM

You left out Hollywood. Getting some real American Idol Star Power out should cinch it. For instance, get Lindsay Lohan to…, scratch that. Get George Michael to….., no, scratch that too.

Perhaps Sean Penn could bring his gun to the voting sites along with the New Black Panthers?

Robert17 on July 7, 2010 at 1:13 PM

I will not follow links to the Washington Post.

Tres Angelas on July 7, 2010 at 1:13 PM

The party today is opening a website, http://www.accountabilityproject.com, designed to recruit and display embarrassing audio and video of Republican candidates, as well as information about their schedules and copies of their mailers. [. . .]

And is the GOP doing the same? Why not?

I mean, there are some great ads and exposees here and there, but nothing coordinated. As usual.

YehuditTX on July 7, 2010 at 8:27 PM