Democrats are Prepared: to Attack Fox News Channel
Good to see they have their priorities straight.
2:09 PM, Jan 27, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
President Obama is set to give a State of the Union address this evening in which he'll say he made "mistakes" in communicating to the American people why health care reform, cap and trade, and a huge increase in social spending is necessary for economic recovery. Which is to say: The White House is not prepared to acknowledge that the public, for substantive reasons, remains opposed to large parts of the Obama agenda.
Rather, the president and Democrats mistakenly assume that if they can only explain things more clearly, the public will rally to their side. This is ostrich-head-in-the-sand politics. Obama has already given speech after speech on the need for "comprehensive health care reform." Those speeches have produced a reform that no one likes and the first Republican elected to the Senate from Massachusetts in more than 35 years. One more speech will make a difference?
Perhaps the DCCC understands that the president's powers of persuasion are extremely limited. After all, the traditional thing for the president's partisans to do after a State of the Union is to flood the cable channels with ringing endorsements of the president's boldness, brilliance, and breathtaking oratory. No doubt some of that will take place tonight; but you can also look forward to another Democratic party attack on the most trusted news organization in America.
So: the White House agenda is in disarray, the president's job approval is below 50 percent, the GOP is even or leads in the generic congressional ballot, Republicans are more motivated than they have been in half a dozen years, and the Democratic response ... is to "fact-check" the highest rated cable news network. Again.
The campaign has a transparent purpose: rally the liberal base against a hated enemy. But how well does this work nowadays? Maybe it will fire up the folks in the lefty blogosphere. Maybe it will get MSNBC personalities to stop insulting White House officials. But the lesson of Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts is the Bush / Rove / Palin / Beck / Fox News card does not trump a bad economy and popular outrage at big government politics.