Why aren’t Democrats smarter?

So, the Times Caucus blog ran a story this morning about how Democrats are going to fight back hard against Republican’s (purely symbolic) attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  “Alright, about time!” I thought.  The article describes all the organizing and media efforts they are going to make, but I’m left very unimpressed:

“We will make clear to the American people, that as their first order of business, Republicans have decided not to focus on jobs and deficit reduction, but on re-litigating partisan battles — that, if successful, would eliminate help for our job-creating small business and explode the deficit,” said Hari Sevugan, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee.

Seriously?  That’s the message?  How about focusing on all those people with pre-existing conditions who will lose insurance, seniors who will have to pay the Medicare donut hole, 23 year-olds with serious medical conditions kicked off their parents insurance.  It’s not complicated.  Okay, apparently, it’s not completely hopeless:

Paid television advertisements will be run “as warrants,” said one senior Democrat, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the program. Organizing for America, the president’s chief political apparatus, will host phone banks and will schedule events featuring people who would lose their benefits if the health care law were repealed.

But still, how do you not make Republicans taking health insurance away from sick people the theme of this counter-attack?  What do I know though, I’m just ensconced in an Ivory Tower (or, more accurately, one of the ugliest buildings on an otherwise fairly attractive campus).

Caldwell Hall

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

One Response to Why aren’t Democrats smarter?

  1. Ben Hoffman says:

    It’s simple. There are too many people looking for work right now, which gives us high unemployment. The Republicans’ proposals will reduce the population, which in turn will lower unemployment. It’s a brilliant strategy!

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