Thursday, May 11, 2006
Nancy Pelosi - Smart Like a Fox
Republican and mainstream media keep telling folks that Democrats need to stay away from investigating GOP high crimes and misdemeanors of the past five years; and they should stay away from the subject as they run for reelection.
Howling Latina disagrees; and guess what? She's not alone.
Here's what Digby of Hullaboo has to say on the subject:
I certainly hope that Democrats aren't going to follow John Dickerson's tepid analysis that concludes they shouldn't mention investigations or risk losing in November. They are being played.Digby helpfully links to other bloggers: Zachary Roth of Political Animal writes:
It's also worth noting that Republican attempts to highlight the investigations issue have come almost exclusively in fundraising emails. In other words, they're using it as a tactic to gin up their plugged-in supporters, but not, so far, as a part of their broader message to ordinary voters. And when you think about it, you can see why they might not be too enthusiastic about a campaign message that draws voters' attention, even obliquely, to the slew of scandals and screwups of the Bush years. After all, it's not exactly inconceivable that voters might welcome the prospect of a party pledging to look into, and then fix, the policies of a president with a 32 percent approval rating.And then Digby concludes:
Many in the establishment believe that Democrats are in grave danger if they ever show they give a damn about anything. It's one of the reasons why people don't feel anything for the Democrats. And for some, the strategy is always the same no matter what the circumstances: when the Republicans are popular, don't make waves. When the Republicans are unpopular, don't make waves. But think about this.
Do the Republicans really want all these scandals being brought up constantly during the campaign? I don't think so. That's why they are trying to manipulate the Democrats into keeping quiet about them. Any six year old could see through this cheap ploy.
Update: Dana Milbank on "Hardball" confirmed Democrats getting traction on the "I" word.