In the 2006 and 2008 congressional elections, the Democrats’ campaign chairmen, Chuck Schumer and Rahm Emanuel, fielded candidates well-adapted to local terrain in conservative states and districts. They successfully attacked Republicans more on competence and corruption than on substantive issues.
Similarly, Barack Obama rose to national prominence by stressing what Blue America and Red America have in common rather than in how they differed. His attacks on “failed Bush policies” left it ambiguous whether he was objecting to Republican ideology or Republicans’ incompetence.
So, with Obama’s bungled response to the Gulf Oil Spill, where does that leave his party now?
In short, Democrats are going to have a tough time showing that their ideology triumphed at the ballot box.
Democrats, Barone argues, “are in trouble . . . on both competence and ideology—a pretty lethal combination.”
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