Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has much in common with her Republican House colleague from Minnesota, Michele Bachmann. Both were elected in years where their party did not do so well, the Democrat in 2004, the Republican in 2006. And neither has accomplished much during her tenure in the House.
Yet, one major thing, beyond their political ideology distinguishes the two. The Republican has a far more positive message. The Democrat’s message is almost like a broken record, Republicans are extreme, they’re out of step, they’re on the fringe. Democrats have solutions; they’re working to get America moving again and create jobs.
Only problem is she doesn’t readily specify those solutions.
Seems the Democrats brought her on, not to promote Democratic policies, but to attack Republican ones. Bachmann, by contrast, can make a compelling case for small government principles. It’s not just her charisma.
These two women help define the difference between the Republican Party and the Democratic as we move toward the 2012 election cycle. It’s too bad that Mrs. Bachmann comes with a lot of baggage. The appointment of Mrs. Wasserman Schultz suggests that Democrats don’t really have principles to champion — at least not principles they want to champion outside deep blue enclaves along the coasts, surrounding colleges and universities and on a few outposts in and around the Great Lakes.