2010 Election: Democrat Counter-offensive


The following are excerpts from an excellent analysis of the 2010 election cycle by Steve McCann in the American Thinker entitled:

The Coming Democrat Counteroffensive

The unexpected election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts, driven equally by opposition to the Obama agenda and an inept Democratic candidate, will fuel optimism that Republicans and conservatives will recapture the Congress. However, with ten months to go before the midterm election, this confidence is misplaced and misguided, and it will play into the hands of the Democrat strategists.

The Democratic machine will pull out all the stops to maintain control of Congress, particularly in light of the Brown victory.

The current Democratic leaders will rely on two assumptions:

  1. that the electorate, after decades of peace, prosperity, and lack of civic education, is generally ignorant and apathetic towards the machinations in Washington, D.C.;
  2. that gerrymandering, skewed election laws, and political financing regulations — and most importantly, the fragmented nature of the opposition — will greatly benefit the Democrats.

At this point in January 2010, the tenuous, multi-faceted coalition that makes up the grassroots resistance to the radical Obama agenda comprises those opposed to illegal immigration, amnesty, excessive government spending, abortion, gay marriage, taxes, gun control, heath care reform, free trade, foreign entanglements, Wall Street, and those who desire to see every Republican politician hanged. Each group expects the other to agree fully with its signature issue.

It is for that reason that the Left treats the conservative movement with such disdain, knowing full well that this coalition has a potential internal time bomb which can explode prior to any major election. All the Democrats have to do is light the fuse.

The Left must personalize every policy disagreement or election by denigrating their opposition, thus steering all conversation away from what is most important: the future of the United States as either a capitalist or socialist country.

The only way to defeat the Left is to stop playing by their rules.

First, it must be understood that the enemy we are fighting…

  • the Liberals or the Left, makes up 20% of the country’s population.
  • Moderates are 36%, and
  • conservatives are more than 40%.

Based on that breakdown, one might assume that something like 67% of moderates lean to the conservative view. Thus, 64% of the citizenry are potential voters against what is happening in Congress and the White House.

  • Why does the conservative coalition allow 20% of the people to dictate how or why campaigns are conducted?
  • Why do conservatives still curry favor from the once-mainstream media, who in a marketing death wish choose to appeal to this same 20%?
  • Why, within this alliance, is there so much suspicion among each faction?

Six things that conservatives, republicans, and Tea Party independents must do to take back our local, state, and federal governments in 2010:

  1. Conservatives must discipline themselves to stop being so thin-skinned about what the media, bloggers, and pundits on the Left say about them.
  2. The Tea Party Movement, instead of reveling in its declared independence, should immediately either join forces with or take over the local Republican Party establishment.
  3. Each person has one political or social issue that is of the highest importance to him. (However,) without individual freedom and liberty, plus a limited government — all of which are now under massive assault by the Obama administration — it matters little what that issue is.
  4. (M)embers of the conservative coalition must turn out in massive numbers to vote and support one political party.
  5. The lesson of the passage of the Health Care Reform Act in Congress should never be forgotten: There is no such thing as a “conservative Democrat” once installed in Congress. Conservatives can influence what happens in the Republican Party; they cannot do so in the Democratic Party.
  6. Above all, everyone in the current coalition opposing what is happening in Washington, D.C. must unite behind one theme...: For future generations, the United States must remain the dominant global economic force able to underwrite being the unrivaled military power in the world. The destructive path the current government in Washington has chosen will relegate our country to long-term economic stagnation and secondary world status.

The upcoming midterm election is one of the most pivotal in history.  (T)he conservative movement will not triumph unless it unites, remains disciplined, and above all, understands and learns from its adversaries.

The complete article can be found here on the American Thinker website.

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