Can you Beat Something with Nothing?
Democrats insist the GOP needs an agenda.
1:01 PM, Sep 3, 2010 • By JAY COST
Liberal Susan Estrich makes her side's case that all is not lost for the Democrats in the lower chamber. She makes some good points, but I have to disagree with this:
First, do the Democrats really have "something?" "It would have been worse under McCain!" doesn't really count, in my opinion. Second, the Contract with America did not come out until late in the season, so its effect on vote choices is questionable. Third, you can beat something with nothing. The Democrats ran a fairly vague and issueless campaign in 2006. So did Franklin Roosevelt in 1932, for that matter. When the incumbent party is as unpopular as the Obama Democrats are today, "nothing" doesn't look that bad. Fourth, what exactly is "nothing?" If individual candidates campaign on their own promises to reduce spending, for instance, isn't that running on "something," even if they don't sign their name to some central document? Why must the "something" come from Washington, D.C.?