The Democrats’ Strategy for 2010
Only a few months into 2010, the Democrat Party’s strategy for November is emerging. Just like the CPSU, the Democrat Party has become a centralized party: as an outsider, I’m not sure who’s in charge–the DNC or OFA–but clearly they work together for the common goal.
The first step is to clear the path for the anointed candidates. This is happening in several ways.
Some Democrats see the handwriting on the wall (please pardon the Biblical reference in this context) and are retiring or switching parties. Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama–a retired doctor no less!–fits that category as does our own Colorado state Rep. Kathleen Curry who became independent. Others simply retire, such as Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) in December.
Others are being forced out by a party seeking to avoid scandal. The Democrats campaigned hard on being more ethical than the GOP and although that seems to me quite a stretch, they don’t want to be embarrassed this fall. Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd is one of those. Gov. Bill Ritter is rumored to have made his decision under this kind of pressure as well.
There are always these kinds of retirements, scandals, and so forth but the number and timing seem more than coincidental. Doesn’t a Democrat begin facing a scandal by denying and stonewalling? That is not happening now. What is happening is that the party is purging moderates and others who may hinder the party’s goals. I use the word purge purposefully: just as Hitler, Lenin, Stalin and Mao and others all purged their parties. Rep. Eric J. Massa of NY seems to be one of these. His so-called scandal isn’t really all that awful–if we can believe what we’ve heard so far is all there is to it. Rather, he seems to have been purged for his lack of support for Obamacare.
The second step is to support the right candidates who will advance the party message. Here in Colorado, Obama made a campaign stop for Bennett. That does not sit well with long-time Colorado Democrat activists. In an open letter published by Romanov supporters, two members of the DNC and 2008 Obama supporters write:
During our service on the DNC, no sitting Democratic President of the
United States ever became involved in a Democratic primary for the
U.S. Senate….It is inappropriate and unacceptable for national Democratic Party officials and the President of the United States, who is the titular head of the Democratic Party, to engage in Democratic primaries.
Have we not heard the same objection with regard to RNSC support of a senatorial candidate in this state? Yes, but with a difference.
In the Democrat Party, at least, the message is clear: it’s not about the candidate, it’s about the Party. The Democrats hope to overcome the difficulty they are having in getting their platform enacted by purging their own party. Heads up, Democrats: If you’re getting in the way of the Left’s message, you’re gone. A contested primary allows for debate on the issues. In this party there is no room for debate. Conservative Democrats are long gone; now it’s the turn of the moderates.