Sunday, June 18, 2006

It's All About Bush

It's All About Bush
by mcjoan
Daily Kos
Sat Jun 17, 2006 at 06:29:19 PM PDT

Purely as a discussion counterpoint to georgia10's strategy post, I want to posit an alternative idea for these midterm elections: it's all about Bush and Iraq.

The dirty secret of politics is that going negative works, particularly in midterm elections. If ever we had the makings of a "throw the bums out" mood in the electorate, it's this year. In light of that, consider this advice for Democrats from tristero:

Remember: Bush really is incompetent. And the American public sees it now.
Remember: Bush really has governed above the law. And the the American public understands that now.

Remember: Bush has bogged this nation down in an insane war. And the American public understands that now.

Remember: Bush does not have a genuine plan to deal with Iraq, nor is he capable of creating and implementing one. People are dying because he doesn't know what he's doing. And the American public understands that now.

Remember: Bush's supreme callousness and negligence led to the hiring of the incompetents in charge of FEMA during Katrina. And the American public knows it.

Remember: This is one helluva unpopular president. The American public has very good reasons for disliking him and his policies so intensely. They are all but begging you to stand up and refuse to go along with his incompetent, extremist, and unlawful behavior.

Focus on Bush. Everything else is detail.

All the policies and ideas the Democrats will labor over between now and Labor Day mean absolutely nothing as long as the Rubber Stamp Republicans hold the Congress. Until Democrats stand up and strongly repudiate everything that has made this Republican Congress and this Republican President so wildly unpopular, we're just going to be lumped in with the other bums.

Draw that contrast. Make Bush and his war the albatross on the neck of all Republicans. Everything else, as tristero says, is detail.