The political environment in 2014 is starting to resemble that of 2006 in a lot of ways. Vulnerable Democrats are being engulfed by the unpopularity of the President, the disastrous policies that that they voted for, and for abandoning some of their core promises.
Now, there's another similarity.
Some of us are old enough to remember losing the Republican majority in 2005-2006. At the time, liberal billionaire George Soros was pouring money into races against Republicans, who were facing a similar environment to Democrats today. Republican operatives spent months attacking Soros and the liberal outside groups. Why? Probably for many of the same reasons the DSCC, DNC and Harry Reid are today - desperation to divert attention from how terribly things were going for the candidates and their campaigns. It didn't work then, as we all know, and it isn't going to work now.
In a must read, Kristen Soltis Anderson
"Soros and his fellow Democratic heavyweights sunk millions into...funding anti-Bush advertising and turnout efforts. ...Not only do I generally think Soros has the right to spend his money to speak his mind, I suspect railing against Soros is among the least effective ways for me to win converts to my side of the aisle. Yet Harry Reid obviously disagrees, and took things to the next level on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon to rail against individuals by name for spending money to mobilize and persuade voters."
Of course it's not money in politics that Harry Reid has a problem with.
As Kim Strassel
"Mr. Reid was quite agitated on the Senate floor about 'unlimited money,' by which he must have been referring to the $4.4 billion that unions had spent on politics from 2005 to 2011 alone, according to this newspaper. The Center for Responsive Politics' list of top all-time donors from 1989 to 2014 ranks Koch Industries No. 59. Above Koch were 18 unions, which collectively spent $620,873,623 more than Koch Industries ($18 million)... ... Democrats hope to make a campaign theme out of conservative 'dark' money, something else Mr. Reid knows about. In addition to other spending, unions have been aggressively funneling money into their own 'dark' groups. One of these is the heavyweight 501(c)(4) Patriot Majority USA. Patriot Majority doesn't disclose its donors, though a Huffington Post investigation found it had been "fueled" in 2012 by $2.3 million in union donations. ...Patriot Majority is run by Craig Varoga, a former aide and close ally of . . . Harry Reid."
Let's not forget Harry Reid's Senate Majority Super PAC, which probably wouldn't exist
without the bankrolling of his union buddies.
The reason Harry Reid's floor rants and the "major new" DSCC strategy fall short is because voters have never heard of the Koch family and quite frankly could care less about them.
Voters care about issues that affect their lives, their families, and their communities -– like losing their health care plans after being promised otherwise, the lack of good jobs, and the feeling that Washington is completely incompetent and out of touch. Using McCarthy-like tactics against the messenger -- when the actual message reflects what middle class families and workers think and feel -- only reinforces that out-of-touch feeling.
The truth is that neither Reid nor the DSCC are stupid. This "strategy" is simply a base-motiving exercise for their party, a last ditch effort to change the subject. Democrats are desperately trying to camouflage losing campaigns in West Virginia, South Dakota, Montana, Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Carolina. Michigan is the latest example of their absolute chaos where yesterday the DSCC was forced to replace Gary Peters' campaign manager
and send their own Director of Campaigns in from Washington, DC to try to fix the sinking ship.
It's no wonder Reid is grumpier than usual this year and pushing the panic button, in light of the fact that Democratic senators' and candidates' vulnerability has now expanded deep into purple and blue states.
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