- Osama bin Laden
- Iraq/al Qaeda ties
- Iraq reconstruction
- Iraqi democracy
- 2500+ dead Amercian soldiers
- Social Security reform
- Culture of corruption (Tom DeLay/Jack Abramoff)
- Oil company profits
- New Orleans
- Terry Schiavo
- The deficit
- George Bush
- Dick Cheney
Pretty much every Republican in America is vulnerable on most if not all of these issues. So what are the Dem's stressing with their "Six for '06" campaign?
• “Real Security At Home And Overseas”
• “Better American Jobs — Better Pay”
• “College Access For All”
• “Energy Independence — Lower Gas Prices”
• “Affordable Health Care — Life-Saving Science”
• “Retirement Security and Dignity”
Maybe the Big Six polled through the roof. Maybe offering a positive agenda is the way to go. And it sure beats the "We can do better"nonsense they trotted out a month or so ago. But this seems to me to be a monstrously stupid approach.
This kind of approach only reinforces the perception of the Democrats as the Mommy party. I don't really think people need to be reminded of that. What they need reminding of is that Daddy is an alcoholic, abusive psychopath who is spending his childrens' meager inheritance on his violent, drunken binges. Democratic silence on these issues is a huge missed opportunity to force Republicans to fragment over their litany of failure.
Fareed Zakaria gets it:
[If I were running against conservatives,] I would make up a campaign commercial almost entirely of Donald Rumsfeld’s press conferences, because the man is looking — I mean, it’s not just that he seems like a bad Secretary of [Defense]. He seems literally in a parallel universe and slightly deranged. If you listen to what he said last week about Iraq, he’s living in a different world, not a different country.Matt Stoller gets it, too. Why doesn't the Democratic Party?