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October 27, 2010

Greggy Sargent Thinks He's Got A Smokin' New Anti-Republican Ad

The Dems' new line of attack: Republicans don't care about you; they only care about making Obama a one term president.

There is a bit of truth to the basic idea that if the public senses it's "just about politics, not about me" they will turn off. That's why I criticize things like Limbaugh's "I want him to fail" (or, more accurately, while I criticize the idea that office-holders or candidates should endorse that line). It's also why I don't mind John Boehner making the occasional statement that sure, he looks forward to finding areas of compromise with Obama.

Swing voters do not have the passion for the win/loss aspect of politics that partisans do, and partisans have to keep that in mind. They're mushy-heads. If they were inclined to take a bright-line position they would have. They don't want to make binary choices and they resist whichever party seems to be forcing them to make a binary choice, and reward whichever party gives them some blather about having it all.

That said:

We're at the point where we're going to have to start forcing the public to make yes or no, up or down choices. Blather has gotten us to this point; we need a lot less blather. We still need some -- we have to at least attempt a moderate tone while pushing for conservative policy -- but we can't continue on this path of letting independents think they can have both low taxes and high spending. We can't. They have to be woken up from their drowsy dreams and smell the reality of the numbers.

Furthermore, given that Obama's "deserves reection" number is around 38%, I think it's fair to say that most Americans are supportive to some degree of the idea that Obama should be a one-term experiment.

But we do have to avoid making it sound like it's all a game, as McConnell's remark can be interpreted.

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posted by Ace at 11:04 AM

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