Daily Archives: September 20, 2010

Republicans Seek to Starve Obama Programs

Republican sensing the opportunity to take over Congress on November are planning to defund major Democratic newly enacted plans. From the Wall Street Journal:

Eyeing a potential Congressional win in November, House Republicans are planning to chip away at the White House’s legislative agenda—in particular the health-care law—by depriving the programs of cash.

The emerging plan has been devised in part to highlight the policy differences between the two main parties, especially over legislative achievements of the Obama administration that have proven unpopular with voters.

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White House Aides Considering Attacking Tea Party and Republicans

White House Aides are contemplating a strategy linking Tea Party to Republican Party and calling them extremist.

The plan to show that the recent elections of veteran Republican Senator and Congressman. Two and half weeks ago a Tea Party supporter Joe Miller defeated long time Senator Lisa Murkowski(R-AK).

Then last week another Tea Party supporter Christine O’Donnell beaten 25 year veteran Representative Mike Castle  the lone Congressman who represents the entire state of Delaware.

The White House and some Republicans analysts believe that O’Donnell win will keep the US Senate in Democrats hands.

From New York Times:

President Obama’s political advisers, looking for ways to help Democrats and alter the course of the midterm elections in the final weeks, are considering a national advertising campaign that would cast the Republican Party as all but taken over by Tea Party extremists, people involved in the discussion said.

That is among a range of options and plans under consideration at the White House for energizing dispirited Democratic voters over the coming six weeks, in hopes of limiting the party’s losses and keeping control of the House and Senate. Democratic strategists are seeing new openings to exploit after a string of Tea Party successes split Republicans and culminated last week with developments that scrambled Senate races in Delaware and Alaska.

“We need to get out the message that it’s now really dangerous to re-empower the Republican Party because the people who have taken over the party are radical,” said one Democratic strategist who has spoken with White House advisers but requested anonymity to discuss private strategy talks.

Democrats are split in using these tactics:

But Democrats are divided. The party’s House and Senate campaign committees are resistant, not wanting to do anything that smacks of nationalizing the midterm elections when high unemployment and the drop in Mr. Obama’s popularity have made the climate so hostile to Democrats. Endangered Congressional candidates want any available money to go to their localized campaigns.

Proponents say a national ad campaign, most likely on cable television, would complement those individual campaigns and give Democrats a chance to redefine the stakes. The Democratic strategist said voters did not now see much threat to them from a Republican takeover of Congress, even though some Tea Party-backed candidates and other Republicans have taken positions that many voters consider extreme, like shutting down the government to get their way, privatizing Social Security and Medicare and ending unemployment insurance

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