Seems the Democratic talking point of the weekend is “Tea Party Downgrade,” with John Kerry, David Axelrod and Howard Dean all using the expression to blame the downgrade in the nation’s credit rating. Yahoo! even included Democrats’ talking point in its news headline yesterday:
John McCain, Ed Morrissey notes, begged to differ:
We could have reached an agreement a lot earlier, but the members of the House of Representatives had a mandate last November, and it was jobs and the economy and it was spending. And for them to then agree to tax increases and spending increases was obviously a repudiation of the mandate they felt they had from last November
Emphasis added. “McCain,” Morrissey added “gets this one right”:
Voters sent a clear message in last year’s midterms, and it wasn’t “spend more and increase taxes.” Democrats refused to listen in 2009 when voters revolted over the addition of another massive entitlement program; voters spent all of 2010 revolting over Obamanomics; and they punished Democrats in November for not listening to them. Democrats still aren’t listening, and the way they are reacting now, 2012 may make 2010 look like a good year for the Democratic Party.
Well, that all depends on the success of the Democrats’ slash and burn strategy. At least, this talking points helps Republicans prepare for 2012 as the Democrats have given us yet another foretaste of Obama’s 2012 campaign theme: attack Republicans! Blame the Tea Party!