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Get Your Campaign Back Up To Full Speed Or Say Goodbye To Congress and Hello To Yet Another One Term Democratic President.

Democrats, consider these two suggestions.

First, wake up and smell the coffee.  Whatever you are doing now is helping Republicans kick your collective asses and drive this country into an even deeper funk than George W. Bush left us in.

Second, very quickly study and learn from the presidencies of Lyndon Johnson and Bill Clinton.  

Johnson started running for re-election the day Kennedy was killed.  He began enacting legislation by arm-twisting and brow-beating congress and unabashedly campaigning to the media and public.

Clinton tripped up in his first year.  But he learned from his mistakes and spent each remaining day of his first term charming the media, cajoling the public and out-dueling a powerful Republican majority.

This is NOT about what you think of Johnson or Clinton.  It doesn't matter if you hate their guts or love them to pieces.  

This is about how two Democratic presidents never stopped running for president.  They ruthlessly used the office and its resources to push themselves and their agendas on the public and congress.  

Why can't President Obama simply be president after he so handily won the presidency?  It's simple.  A Republican President can make idiotic mistakes and 50% of the American public will vote for them anyway.  A Democratic President is is simply not granted this leeway.  

So, for goodness sakes:

President Obama, you are easily the best campaigner in the past 100 years. Start proving it, again. David Axelrod and David Plouffe, you ran a wickedly smart campaign in 2008.  Now, get off your butts and fire up every piece of political machinery that got you here in the first place.

Lyndon is gone, but his methods are well documented.  Bill will be happy to come in and give some advice.

I suggest you take advantage of both.  Today.

 
 

Originally posted to codyjarett on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 06:06 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Nixon and Reagan won 49 states (0+ / 0-)

    each in their re-elections. A Dem will never do that. I wonder why that is.

    There has only been a Dem in the Whitehouse for 13 of the past 41 years for a reason. Divide and be conquered.

    by kitebro on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 07:00:55 AM PST

  •  Wartime President (0+ / 0-)

    Obama's problem is that no one sees him as this wartime, crisis president. Think of how the GOP would have exploited this. Eight years ago, we couldn't say boo about W without looking over your shoulder. Obama is doing a better job than Bush, but everyone piles on. Sarah Palin is right. The only way for Obama to win is to cut ties with the Democrats and acting more bellicose. That is what will sell. It's not what is right or what he will do.

    Never underestimate the ability of the Right to over reach.

    by never forget 2000 on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 07:05:43 AM PST

  •  What do you mean (0+ / 0-)

      yet another one term Democratic President? The only one term President the Democratic Party has had since the FDR days was Jimmy Carter....unless you count an assassinated JFK.

      What do you mean yet another one term Democratic President?

  •  I understand ur frustration, but............. (1+ / 0-)
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       a lot of your claims are inaccurate. First, there has only been ONE single term Democratic President going back to the FDR days.......and that was Jimmy Carter. You can count JFK there too...but since his Presidency was cut short by a bullet rather than an election...I'm not.

       Second...Bill Clinton didn't turn things around until AFTER the 1994 midterms. He and the Democrats got their butts kicked, lost both the House and Senate...and immediately after that had to start positioning for re-election...and did so successfully.

       Johnson was a fighter, no doubt. But at times, he was hardly thinking only of re-election. Civil rights come to mind? He knew he was immediately killing his chances in as many as 12 states. He did it anyway.

       Back to Clinton....Clinton didn't ruthlessly do anything his first time. He operated very SMARTLY after the 1994 debacle. He took GOP issues such as crime and welfare off the table...and suckered them into a major mistake (the government shut down).

       Clinton didn't govern by being ruthless...he governed by being smart, effective and persistent.

    •  ok (0+ / 0-)

      I now understand how a liberal blog works.  

      You spend an entire entry pointing out that every damned thing I said was inaccurate.

      OK, let me stipulate that you 100% correct.

      The trouble is, you then get to settle back into the exact same situation we're currently in:  Barack Obama is not taking advantage of his office and is letting the Republicans get whatever they want.

      I'm not sure you understand my frustration at all.

      You're more than content taking shots at your own side and letting things go on just the way they are.

      Sit back and get ready for Bush III.  

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