So, the New York Times reports, the White House is mulling an idea surely culled from reading papers like that Old Gray Lady:
President Obama’s political advisers, looking for ways to help Democrats and alter the course of the midterm elections in the final weeks, are considering a range of ideas, including national advertisements, to cast the Republican Party as all but taken over by Tea Party extremists, people involved in the discussion said. . . .
“We need to get out the message that it’s now really dangerous to re-empower the Republican Party,” said one Democratic strategist who has spoken with White House advisers but requested anonymity to discuss private strategy talks.
More dangerous than a Democratic Congress that has been on a spending and regulating spree? No wonder R.S. McCain cautions:
If Democrats were smart, they’d ignore that kind of advice. Polls have shown that the Tea Party is more popular than Obama and if there is one thing the American people have gotten sick and tired of hearing in the past 18 months, it’s that anyone who disagrees with the president’s policies is a racist kook.
To quote Travis Tritt: “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’ Anymore.”
The incumbent party can only get so much mileage this year in demonizing the opposition. Perhaps had the president laid off the blame game in the 20 months preceding the fall campaigns, he might (just might) be able to get this dog to hunt.
Or maybe not.
People are not just voting against the Democrats because they’re the party in power, but also because we don’t like what this party has done with its power. We just don’t like the snake oil this Administration has been selling. We know it doesn’t work.
Poll after poll after poll has shown that people don’t want big-government solutions to our problems, with one recent survey showing “Sixty-eight percent (68%) of U.S. voters prefer a smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes to a more active one that offers more services and higher taxes.”
Attacking the Tea Party won’t change those numbers. Maybe if Obama were to commit himself to that “net spending cut” he promised “throughout” his campaign, people might once again warm to his message.