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Wednesday August 9th 2006.
Today the Republican Party will start a new talking point they hope will frame the 2006 Midterm Elections. They hope to convince the American people that Ned Lamonts historic victory in CT last night was proof that the looney left has hijacked the Democratic Party and the only way to stop them is to vote for Rubberstamp Republicans.

The Republicans will claim the "Anti-War wing" of the Democratic Party is going to replace good, strong, national security minded Republicans with whiney, weak, "cut and runners" unless the voters re-elect them and their failed policies this November. The best way to counter this spin is with the facts of the matter.

First off if it was all about pulling the party further to the left would we have also replaced Cynthia McKinney with the far more moderate voice of Hank Johnson last night? Would we have elected Jon Tester as the nominee in Montana just weeks ago? And if we're so "weak" on security why are we supporting roughly 30 (that I've counted) Veterans as Democratic candidates in the Midterms?

The fact of the matter is if we were trying to suddenly yank the party to the very edge of the left, we're doing a really bad job so far. In fact I could be wrong but I'm fairly sure the blogosphere tends to support Democratic candidates that best represent the constituents of their district/state and therefore have the best shot at winning. And by helping those candidates win we can hopefully help influence the choices they make in office more than the lobbiest do.

What a concept eh?

The Republicans are getting really really desperate. You might say they're pulling a Lieberman.

Originally posted to DeanDemocrat on Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 03:45 AM PDT.

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  •  A Good Counterpoint to This Inevitable Attack (3+ / 0-)

    Not the same thing as a Senate race, so not exactly a slam dunk response, but Lieberman and McKinney weren't the only incumbents to lose last night:

    Walberg's conservative challenge sinks Schwarz in 7th District
    Associated Press

    DETROIT - Rep. Joe Schwarz's re-election campaign turned into a clash of Republican titans: moderates versus conservatives, President Bush and John McCain versus the Club for Growth, and abortion rights versus right-to-life groups.

    Schwarz lost and the conservative movement won. Republican Tim Walberg will be heavily favored to succeed the moderate in Congress, but the implications could reach far beyond the borders of the rural southern Michigan district.

    "I look at this election as probably a victory for right to life, anti-abortion, anti-embryonic stem cell groups but it's a net loss for the Republican party because it just pushes the party farther to the right," Schwarz said.

    (Full text here)

    W's First Veto: not for tax cuts for the rich, pork barrel spending and earmarks, or civil liberties violations, but for stem cell research.

    by Red Sox on Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 03:55:26 AM PDT

  •  Extremists from both right and left (2+ / 0-)
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    Pandoras Box, blue armadillo

    are attracted to the blogosphere. Ever read anything at one of the freeper sites? That does not mean that most people who are active in the blogosphere and the netroots are extremist.

    It is the very definition of Democracy that elected government officials should be afraid of the voters.

    If memory serves, it was just the opposite in Stalinist Russia. The people feared the government.

    I am hoping the days of entrenched, elite elected officials who only seem to give a damn what the people think in an election year is over.

    I hope that the day is dawining when movements like the Lamont movement will be the rule, not the exception, because it was a from-the-bottom-up movement, not top down.

    D.C. has become a bubble, a reality unto itself, mostly detached from the reality in the rest of America, and the world for that matter. That does not make for a healthy Democracy.

    When a politician, any politician puts his or her career (huge ego) ahead of the will of the people he/she should be taken down. That is a sign of a healthy Democracy.

    We, the people, have let egotistical politicians get away with murder in this country simply because they have been in Washington since Moses was a pup and it is time it stopped.

    As we have all seen in recent years, D.C. has a corrupting effect on the best of people. When that happens, that person should be called home.

    When fascism comes to America, it will come draped in the flag and carrying a cross

    by TDW on Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 04:45:45 AM PDT

  •  Great summary (1+ / 0-)
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    Pandoras Box

    I would also add: attack attack attack! Point out the lunacy of Schiavo/Iraq/Dubai/India nukes-for-mangoes and top it off with Dick Cheney shooting an octogenarian in the face. And a good laugh.

    If you catch much Air America, you hear from time to time what I call the "Yes, But" Republicans. These are people who are experiencing cognitive dissonance because they've been paying attention and the facts they hear are at odds with their moonielike belief in the rightness of their party and its "leadership". They are very ripe for the picking if handled correctly.

    How to spot one? If they start out with "I just hear nothing but hatred from Bush from you" you'll know that's one. When that doesn't work, they move on to lesser of two evils. Kind of hard to keep that one working either. And on and on it goes, always someone else's fault. (By their logic, Ray Nagin was in charge of the National Guard, FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the US Treasury.)

    But they are vulnerable. You just have to point out that they are losers for supporting losers. Nicely with some, tough love with others, outright contempt with the contemptuous. But they are coming around, as they eventually did with erstwhile Republican heroes McCarthy and Nixon.

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