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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Democrats Should Make Election '06 A Referendum Failed Bush Agenda

At the 2004 Democratic Convention, John Kerry, et.al, chose not to make the abysmal record of George Bush an issue. What should have been screamed at the top of all the delegates' and speakers' lungs was kept stuffed inside and skirted like the purple elephant in the middle of the room. Why? To keep the message 'positive' and to avoid being labeled by the Republicans as irrational Bush haters. Did that strategy work? Uh...duh... We all remember how Zell Miller and the rest castigated Kerry to no end from the floor of the Republican Convention. It was ugly and a pack of lies but, we have to admit, it worked. I hope Howard Dean learned from this and this time lets the elephant out of the bag, lets the honesty rip and lets it spill all over every moment of airtime and every inch of advertising the Dems put out for November's election. Bush's reputation should be mush by the time we're through. Gloves off now. No more Mr. and Ms. Nice Guy. Let's roll. -hl

By all accounts, the Republican Party is handing over the November midterms to the Democrats on a silver platter. The key question is, do the Dem's know what to do with it? Will they craft a coherent message that will unify the party; arouse the base and attract independents and moderate Republicans; and walk away with the big prize? Or will they simply trip over their own two left feet like so many times before?

If smartly crafted and delivered properly, Democrats have a built-in, no-lose message: the miserable failure of almost six years of the Bush presidency and twelve years of Republican rule. You'd have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to realize that the GOP sludge has officially risen to the top to wreak utter havoc on the party. Just when you think it can't get any worse for them, it does. Consider what the Dems have to run on in terms of the Busheviks' abysmal domestic and foreign policy:

1-Iraq war: WMD, poor post-war planning, Niger/Uranium, Downing Street Memos, 2400 dead soldiers
3-Isolation of America
4-Proliferation of S. Korean and Iranian nukes programs
5-Failure of Democracy in Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine
6-Dreadful response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
7-Torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo
8-Halliburton contracts and overpayments
9-CIA leak scandal
10-No-confidence vote of Rumsfeld by many in the military
11-Failed Social Security reform campaign
12-Failed Medicare prescription drug plan
13-Letting the oil companies write the energy bill
13-Culture of cronyism and corruption: Rove, Libby, DeLay, Cunningham, Abramoff, Safavian, Ney, Taft and others
14-Largest debt in U.S history
15-Obscene tax cuts for the wealthiest 1% of Americans
16-Soaring cost of health care
17-Declining housing market
18-Rising interest rates
19-$287-billion, earmark-loaded transportation bill
21-Failure of public education
23-Illegal wiretappings
22-Failed immigration legislation
23-Astronomical gas and oil prices

Is this not enough for the Democrats to sail through the election in a landslide victory? It sure as hell ought to be. It's time for Howard Dean and Rahm Emanuel to sit down with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and draft our Indictment of the Republican Party. They then must issue a mandate: that every Democrat running for office this Fall must pound the table and drive home these GOP failures. And then they must draft its version of the Contract with America.
They must remind voters of these colossal Republican failures, and excite them with a plan for change. A plan for peace and prosperity. Lastly, they must build a truly effective spin machine in the left-wing media to recite the talking points ad infinitum. It's time to start ripping out the pages of the Republican play book.