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The Democratic Culture War Has Backfired

9:46 PM, Jan 19, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
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In two elections in the last six months, Democrats have launched culture war attacks against popular Republicans. In Virginia in 2009, Democrats went after Republican Bob McDonnell for his master's thesis and his decades-old views on social issues, on women in particular. In Massachusetts in 2010, Democrats launched a similar attack on Scott Brown and abortion. Both attacks failed.

The lesson? At a time of 10 percent unemployment and moribund economic growth, culture war attacks--lately, deployed by Democrats--have little purchase. The Democrats had no choice but to campaign on their economic agenda. And it is an agenda with which the public increasingly disagrees.

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