Dems 2014: Not Only Running From Obama, But Running From Being Democrats
You don’t say. Democrats don’t want to run on who they really are?
(Politico) It’s one thing for Democrats running in red parts of the country to sound like Republicans on the campaign trail. It’s another when Democrats running in purple or even blue territory try to do so.
Yet that’s what’s happening in race after race this season.
Faced with a treacherous political environment, many Democrats are trotting out campaign ads that call for balanced budgets, tax cuts and other more traditionally GOP positions. Some of them are running in congressional districts that just two years ago broke sharply for President Barack Obama.
The Republican-flavored ads provide an early glimpse of how Democrats will wage their 2014 campaign. Democrats, hampered by Obama’s rising unpopularity and the tendency for conservatives to turn out at higher levels than liberals in midterm years, face the reality that swing congressional districts favorable to them in 2012 will be far less so in 2014.
Politico’s Alex Isenstadt provides multiple examples, and what we see is that, while it is nothing new for Democrats to lie about their stances as elections approach, they are going even further than before. For instance
Colorado Democrat Andrew Romanoff, who’s running in a district that Obama won in 2012 and 2008, has started airing a commercial that strikes a tea party theme. It highlights his record as speaker of the state House of Representatives when, he says, he helped balance the state’s budget.
This is the pattern, to lie about what they stand for. It happens in quite a few elections. And when elected, to go back to their Leftist ways.
Essentially, what we are seeing is a repeat of 2012, but amped up on Red Bull. You have Dems running as Republicans, or at least as Blue Dog Democrats if they are hard core Progressives (nice fascists). You have them running from Obama. Literally, such as when he comes to their State/District. They are not only avoiding the topic of Obamacare, they are running away from it. They’re running anti-Obama ads. They’re treating Obama as a pariah. Ask Hawaii Gov Neil Abercrombie what happens when one embraces Obama.
The question is, will Republicans take advantage of this? Will they point out that Democrats aren’t interested in running on who they are? That they’re lying? Will they contrast the Dems records with their talking points? The GOP should take a page from Democrats, and make the election All About Obama, tying all Dems to him, pointing out the contradictory talking points and Democrat beliefs.