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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 09:24 PM
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Messaging Trend: Dems Warn of a GOP Takeover
Messaging Trend: Dems Warn of a GOP Takeover

Jun 30 2010, 4:42 PM ET | Comment

Democrats might just be hearing the footsteps: amid continuing predictions of Republican gains this fall, Democrats have taken to warning supporters of a return to GOP rule.

Case in point: last night, an e-mail went out to Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee supporters from Vice President Joe Biden with the subject line "1994"; in it, Biden warned that "Republican strategists think they can turn 2010 into 1994. They think they can take control of the Senate and undermine President Obama in the process. We have just four months to prove them wrong."

A new web video from MoveOn.org attacking House Minority Leader John Boehner, meanwhile, frames its criticisms by warning that, "As speaker of the House, he'd..."

And after Congressman Joe Barton's apology to BP, Democrats were quick to point out that Barton, as the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, would be chairman if Republicans took over, thus overseeing energy-related matters in the House. Politico noted last week that Rahm Emanuel and Gibbs got in on the Barton-as-chairman angle. (It turns out, as Dave Weigel reported, that because House Republicans rotate chairmanships, Barton isn't actually in line to become chairman.)

The threat of a GOP takeover has loomed for some time (in February, Charlie Cook said he didn't think Democrats would hold onto their majorities), but Democrats seem to have ramped up the what-happens-if-Republicans-take-over line of attack recently.

For Republicans, it's an encouraging sign. For Democrats, such a messaging shift can be a good thing, and the threat of a GOP takeover, strangely, plays into their broader messaging strategy for the 2010 elections. These warnings can be more powerful than basic cheerleading for making the current majorities even bigger, and David Axelrod has said that the game plan for 2010 will be to pose the two parties as alternatives for the country; if there's a chance that the Republican alternative could actually be realized, that message is more readily employed.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/06/mes... /
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HooptieWagon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 09:35 PM
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1. If the Dems were acting like Dems, I would be worried.
Since they largely act like repukes, I don't see where it much matters. The fear card only works once - after that, actions are what counts.
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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 09:46 PM
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2. ?????
"Since they largely act like repukes..."

Huh?

Any evidence to back that claim?

I find it hard to believe that Pat Leahy and Al Franken act like Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint.
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joe black Donating Member (514 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 01:16 AM
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6. lets see
Above the law concerning torture - check.
Above the law concerning impeachment of bush / cheney - check.
War never ending - check.
As a whole,yeah they're acting like repukes for the most part.
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ClassWarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 01:21 AM
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7. No, not as a whole. A handful. But that's enough to do what you listed and more.
NGU.

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HooptieWagon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 01:43 PM
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11. You would understand the statement if you had a Nelson, Landrieu, etc as a Senator. n/t
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ClassWarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 01:13 AM
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5. Wrong. But enough of them do to tank our values time and time again.
Unfortunately, a small handful of Blanche Lincolns and Ben Nelsons can inflict serious damage when they start goose-stepping with the Rape-Publicans.

NGU.

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geek tragedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 02:02 PM
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13. You will eat those words soon enough.
Don't bitch to us about the Republicans anymore when they ruin your community, state or country, mkay?
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HooptieWagon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 03:32 PM
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14. I live in Florida.
The FDP (FDLC) considers liberals and progressives the "enemy" and the GOP an ally. Living in a DLC-controlled state makes me immune to the fear card.
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:20 PM
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3. Strong EVIDENCE Abounds that DEMs have heard the warnings and will
respond with vigor to prevent GOP Takeover

TRUTH and REALITY

COMMON GOOD and SANITY

The GOP cannot claim the above 4

Peeps are tiring of them Pubs and their Obstinate NO.....
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 12:54 AM
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4. kick
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Aramchek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 10:33 AM
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8. is this breaking hard??
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 10:37 AM
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9. Nope. "Messaging Trend" does not equal "Breaking Hard".
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Aramchek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 10:46 AM
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10. Messaging Trendy
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prolesunited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 01:58 PM
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12. Massages?
I would like one.
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 04:04 PM
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15. When are they going to listen to us? We're telling them how to win and they ignore us.
Edited on Thu Jul-01-10 04:05 PM by w4rma
DLC corporatists are in charge.
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