And there are a few things they aren't saying. With the exception of the perpetually safe true believers, they're not talking about the virtues of Obamacare, the effectiveness of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the genius of the cap-and trade legislation that the leadership is pushing, and an avoidance of anything related to jobs, the size of government, etc. In other words, anything subject that gets the Tea Party movement pissed is being avoided by swing Democrats.
Here's a perfect example of a Democrat running in 2010 who wants to win:
Let's enumerate the points in the ad:
- NRA and the Second Amendment.
- Fight Washington and the Obama administration.
- Get the Fed off our backs and Out of our pockets
- Cut federal spending
- Repeal (the bad parts of) Obamacare
- I Sued the EPA
- And taking dead aim at the cap and trade legislation (as he puts a round through it).
So with no issues that their candidates can run in favor of and no convenient scandal to de-nut the GOP, the Dems are relegated to Bush-bashing?
That's so damned 2008. Here's the desperation:
This, of course, is more fallout from the landmark Citizens United v FEC decision, which said corporations do have free speech rights, and spending money in an election is free speech.
Never mind there is no evidence that the US Chamber has done anything improper, or that Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove are behind it all, or anything involving "Steeeeeeaaaaaallllllinggggg Deeemoooocracy!" Ooooooooooh!!!!!!!!11!!!!!1!
If the POTUS repeats a lie, does it make it the truth? Let's break out the Ouija board and and ask Nixon. Or even see liberal-leaning reporters like CBS's Bob Scheiffer get incredulous at the audacity of this:
CBS’ Schieffer, Oct. 10: But this part about foreign money, that appears to be peanuts, Mister Axelrod, I mean, do you have any evidence that it’s anything other than peanuts?It's on par with asking me if I have evidence that I didn't molest my daughter. As in, no, but our system sure as fuck doesn't assume guilty until proven innocent. Although if someone did ask me that question, they'd be getting punched in the mouth.
Axelrod: Well, do you have any evidence that it’s not, Bob?
In short, the evidence (and yes, what I cite above is evidence, for those of you who slavishly nod and salivate at the idiotic "stealing democracy" ad) shows some obvious thing. That the DNC is continuing to push the unsubstantiated claims in this ad is simply an attempt to start a witch hunt where there are probably not witches. It's an attempt to sidestep the intellectual argument by attacking the messenger. It's yet another attempt to limit free speech through an uninformed public opinion.
And it smacks of desperation.