NRSC Memo Responds to DSCC 'Questions' Memo
2:30 PM, Jan 26, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
This morning, the Politico reported on a strategy memo from DSCC Chairman Bob Menendez, urging Democrats to define their opponents early by asking a series of questions designed to pit Republican moderates and Tea Party activists against each other:
The NRSC strikes back this afternoon by calling the DSCC questions a distraction (how Obama-esque) and offering some questions of its own:
Given how the electorate feels about spending right now, the NRSC's questions may indeed have more impact than birther questions.
At any rate, it's a forecast of what's to come from the parties on the trail this year. It's interesting that, even when the media and White House seem to be acknowledging the validity of Tea Party grievances, the DSCC's strategy is to rely on the fact that the movement is entirely made up of kooks. There are certainly fringe elements, and Democrats may land a gotcha every now and then, but this memo reads rather like notes from the Think Progress daily editorial meeting.
It indicates an inclination to treat populist anger as mere fringey Obama hatred when Massachusetts proved that is not all it is.