Force the GOP to take a stand

Can a new campaign strategy save Democrats from a disappointing November? The party is settling on a new tack, says The Washington Post: inviting Republicans to vote for a series of modest and popular bills or forcing them to explain to their constituents why they oppose such measures. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s pared-down jobs bill is the first example. On its heels, in the coming weeks, Republicans can expect to vote on lifting the antitrust exemption for insurance companies, small-business assistance, an extension of unemployment benefits, and a proposal to slap new fees on Wall Street banks. “If they support the measures, great,” said one senior White House official. “But if not, the votes will show their hypocrisy and obstruction, which will demonstrate something in itself.”


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4 responses to “Force the GOP to take a stand

  1. fnord

    I have confidence the Republican Congress Critters can continue their rigid absolutism in opposition politics. It’s all they’ve got, their constituents not only expect it from them, they approve!

    Their goal is to get rid of Obama, if that means America fails, so be it. No price seems to be too high, no lie too outrageous, all negatives worthy of exaggeration to advance their cause.

  2. fnord

    Let’s make the list of reasons that will be given and accepted for remaining the Party of No (NOTE: no explanation or facts needed, just throw out key words) —


    President Obama and his administration are better at campaigning than governing

    Chicago Mafia

    tax and spend democrats, hocking your great grandchildren’s lives

    Socialism or any other ‘ism’ word few even understand

    community organizer

    weak on national defense



    radical (many words may follow this one!)

    liberal media

    love affair with Obama

    how’s that ‘hope and change’ working

    Anyone have more?

  3. tosmarttobegop

    The strongest argument that the Republicans has is financial, though it is a common practice if you are going bankrupted and since you are going down the tubes anyway.

    To increase your debit since it will all be eased or erased and perhaps you will be able to keep some.

    Still other then on paper it does not make sense to many.

    But the strategy of forcing out in the open the opposition and if the bill has been crafted in such a way it is plain and logical and simple. Can at worst give no plain reason for the opposition and at best force the Republicans to vote for something they do not want.

    The secret will be making the bill so conservative and straightforward that there is not one way to legitimately object..

    Of course as in the past, there need not be any seeable wrong,
    The bill could simply be feeding starving children and the claim would be that the Democrats want to cause children to be fat and die of heart disease.

    There is no guarantee when appealing to the morality of an immoral enemy.

    A side benefit maybe bring focus to a Congress that is appearing to be unfocused..

  4. fnord

    The GOP wants to start from scratch on reforming health care. Yet, the invitation to the health-care summit Feb. 25th says, each side is to present ahead of time (and online for all to see) a comprehensive bill that would “put a stop to insurance company abuses, extend coverage to millions of Americans, get control of skyrocketing premiums and out-of-pocket costs, and reduce the deficit.”

    This is everyone’s chance to show their stuff! All ideas will be online in advance and if there are great / good ideas that aren’t considered at the health-care summit, every American will know. Every media outlet will know.

    Plus, if the Republican ideas have already been incorporated, they’re going to have a very difficult time saying this isn’t bipartisan. This time if they vote against their own ideas how will they explain it?