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DSCC Proposes Taking Coakley Strategy nationwide

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:16 am - January 27, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections

Perhaps, because I was dining with my fellow Ephs (graduates of Williams College) last night that I defended our fellow alum Martha Coakley as I had on this blog just after her defeat last week.  She was waging the right kind of campaign for a special election in a jurisdiction which overwhelmingly favored her party.

When, however, she began to realize she had a race on her hands, her campaign had about ten days to shift strategies before voters trooped to the polls.  Now, in the wake of her defeat in that overwhelmingly Democratic jurisdiction, national Democrats are already hitting the panic button even though there are more than nine months until Election Day.  While Democrats don’t have the full length of a human gestation cycle to come up with a new strategy, they have time.

Instead, they’re trying to come up with a strategy on the fly, much as Coakley did, and pulling from their old bag of tricks and their own prejudices about Republicans.  Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Chairman Robert Menendez’s tack, as Jennifer Rubin puts it, “is to force their opponents to answer wacky questions and then make them out to be extremist nuts“:

Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen? Do you think the 10th Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum health care coverage standards? Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism and should never have been created in the first place? Do you think President Obama is a socialist? Do you think America should return to a gold standard?

Democrats want to win not by defending their record but by splitting the GOP.   They’re assuming, of course, that if the Republican answers, “Yes,” to the first question and “No” to the others, he’ll instantly lose the support of the party’s enthusiastic “right-wing” base.  But, seems Scott Brown did not answer the way those wing-nuts would have wanted him to answer and guess, well, as soon as Harry Reid’ll have him, he gets to be a U.S. Senator.

For some reason, I just don’t think this strategy will work when people are so angry at Washington.  And anyway, Democrats tried this before, in the very Massachusetts race that got them so spooked.  DNC spinmeister Hari Sevugan tried to use Sarah Palin’s silence on Scott Brown against him.

When that Democrat brought up that good woman, Democrats had eight days before balloting began.  National Democrats don’t have the same excuse Mrs Coakley did.  In that accelerated campaign, the Massachusetts Democrat didn’t have much time to shift strategy.  Where Democrats have months, she had days.  They’re hitting the panic button when they should be deciphering the results, reviewing the change in the electorate and developing a strategy to respond to those results and those changes.



  1. I am overwhelmed at how tone-deaf the Democrats and too many incumbent Republicans are when it comes to the message that is being sent by the TEA party and the majority of voters who are fed up with conniving, autocratic, power grabbing politicians.

    Coakley did wage “the right kind of campaign for a special election in a jurisdiction which overwhelmingly favored her party. But the DNC and Coakley had all sorts of warnings that there was a new wind blowing and they not only ignored the warnings, they walked straight into a maelstrom of their own creation.

    When you are running for a dead certain safe seat in times like these, perhaps you ought to have a clear understanding of where David might pop up with his sling shot. That type of market research is pretty darn basic.

    Whacky questions #1: What difference does it make if Obambi is a citizen or not. He has to be stopped.

    Whacky questions #2: We are not talking about “minimum health care standards.” We are talking about uprooting the whole health care system with no public input.

    Whacky questions #3: The fact is Social Security and Medicare exist and they are bankrupt and so they have to be repaired or discarded.

    Whacky questions #4: He is Hell bent on imitating what an avowed socialist would be doing.

    Whacky questions #5: What happens to a currency when the “full faith and credit” that backs it loses its rating and plummets? We replaced the gold standard with the FED. It is past time to examine the FED.

    They are really slow pitches and anyone savvy to the way the left thinks can turn turn them into home runs.

    Gottcha questions are just more of the same old screwball politics played by people who just won’t wake up and smell the TEA.

    I get “surveys” constantly from the Republicans. “Do you favor Obama’s spendthrift socialism or are you concerned about the economy?”

    I hate being asked to be a moron. They not only tell me that my answers will be carefully tabulated, but they ask me to send them a sizable contribution so they can insult and ever wider number of suckers.

    Comment by heliotrope — January 27, 2010 @ 8:38 am - January 27, 2010

  2. It probably saves a ton of money for the DNC to fire all the campaign consultants and just take their strategy directly from the comments at DailyKos.

    Comment by V the K — January 27, 2010 @ 8:51 am - January 27, 2010

  3. Do you think the 10th Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum health care coverage standards?

    Yes, and it bars even more than that. It’s called, “limited government”. It is supposed to be what America stands for. Lefties ought to look into it sometimes Hardcore lefties hate it, and are out to destroy it.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — January 27, 2010 @ 9:18 am - January 27, 2010

  4. Since the Scott Brown win I have not heard the phrase “Teabagger” being used by MSM Reporters. It’s not because those same Reporters weren’t relishing using it as an epithet for Average everyday Americans. Their Corporate Masters called them off because of the Scott Brown win?

    I think tonight’s State of the Union Speech will have a strong Clintonian flavor.

    It’s NYT week at You Have To Be This Tall To Go On This Ride.

    Why does Maureen Dowd compare our President to Mr Spock?

    The State of the Union “Rescue, Restore, Rebuild. Mr Spock makes his move.

    “When the men on the chessboard
    Get up and tell you where to go”

    Comment by keyboard jockey — January 27, 2010 @ 11:42 am - January 27, 2010

  5. I’ll guess that GOP gains will be less than 15, with a wash in the Senate.

    Comment by Tano — December 19, 2009 @ 9:34 pm – December 19, 2009

    Remember in November

    Comment by V the K — January 27, 2010 @ 1:55 pm - January 27, 2010

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