The Democrats are playing a strategic game to recover the House in 2014. They are playing to win, and they are playing well. They are keeping the Republicans constantly on defense, not allowing them to frame the issues in ways which are clearly understandable to the American people and that show that Republicans are acting in the best interest of the American people.
We are going to see a GOP train wreck in 2014. They are simply incapable of controlling the message. The CrapMedia is already on board with the WH and will hammer home the Obama narrative. Expect more presidential giveaways between now and Nov. 2014. Obama will use the latest tax increase to buy more votes and further sink any chance for GOP advancement. In fact, it doesn`t even matter if the dems retake the House. They will get what they want anyway and blame any fallout on the GOP.
Let me help: Step one: marginalize the people clamoring for a third party. Happily show them the door. Step Two: focus on creating economic opportunity rather than budget cuts. Cuts are necessary, but the GOP doesn´t have the votes in Congress or in the White House to get it done and budget cuts are very unpopular. Step three: be nice to Obama. Treat him like you would any other president elected twice. This will drive his base insane and they will start clamoring for more unpopular positions like cap and trade. Step four: offer to trade debt ceiling hikes for expanded drilling on public lands, keystone approval and other measures that will improve economic conditions. Rhetorically denounce tax hikes not as "socialism" but rather as harmful to economic growth. Ask voters: do tax hikes create or destroy economic activity? Then, in these tough economic times, do you want more or less economic activity? Step five: stop hiding on Fox News and talk radio and go on the lib shows and beat their ideas to a pulp. It can be done. Step six: reelect Michael Steele Chairman of the GOP. Dump Mitch McConnell.
They will not be caught sitting on the front porch in 2014. They´ll employ the massive get out the vote, legit and not.
We need to be active in our home States, town, State-wide. The Dem/Lefties are clever at dispiriting their opponents. Some on our side too easily fold, quit. So the Lefties figure what worked before will work again.
This goes back to the TEA Party article, as that group completely surprised the Lefties. They, however, do not turn on each other. Note how almost every pundit on our side turned the knives on Repubs.
Like one of the Lefties´ favorites, Lenin, BO will have NO factionalism. You will not hear any criticism from anyone on the Dem/Left side... no... matter... what. They are totally united against Republicans (of every stripe, it doesn´t matter).
You will NEVER hear Dems talk about splitting off to a "third party" or staying home on election day.
It is difficult to frame a message when the LSM won´t even give you a chance to speak it. There have been conservatives who have held news conferences and made media statements that did explain the situation -- and those went nowhere, most never even getting airtime.
#5´s suggestion of going on liberal media and at least getting to an audience has merit. But it has to be an extremely well prepared person who can go on those shows and not get trounced. The conservative will almost always win on logic, numbers, and facts -- but he/she will only have a single shot before getting shut down by the host if it looks like the argument is going to stick. Once it appears that the conservative is getting a point across, most of the LSM shows will interrupt and then shout down the conservative or attack with irrelevant emotional responses. It can be done, but be prepared to take a beating and only get 1 or 2 points made per show.
I thought the photo below was interesting. I wonder if some of the White House photo restrictions are to avoid shots in which it is obvious that Michelle and Barack are not on the same page. They are a fantasy couple to many black women who have no hope of marrying a more successful man -- akin to Diana and Prince Charles among white women who should have known better (most of the professional women I worked with) in the 90s.
The Detroit News is really upset about how its readers talk about race. (snip) The readers are so off-message about commenting on race at the MLive website that the newspaper felt it needed to post rules about how comply with the racial guidelines: How to discuss racial issues on MLive without violating the Community Rules. First, if you see one of the daily stories about black history month or the black museum or whatever, and you wonder in the comments sections why there is no counterpart for white or Asian or Amish people, you will be removed. That is a "false equivalence,"
"Nice little insurance company you´ve got there. Be a shame if anything happened to it." In essence, that´s the message just delivered to the health care insurance industry. Panicking, they´re just making it up as they go along, under pressure of the December 23rd deadline for enrollment in Obamacare in order to be covered in 2014. In an ill-considered move, the Department of Health and Human Services contravened the law and vaguely threatened ("strongly encouraged") the health insurance industry in order to assuage some of the injuries done by the poor design and incompetent administration of Obamacare.
Does MSNBC know that one of its hosts is receiving large amounts of money form an interest group whose political activities he covers? Does the network have any journalistic ethics guidelines at all? Elisha Krauss of truthrevolt.org presents the results of a search of Department of Labor archives showing the amounts of money Schultz has received from politically active organizations he covers: Schultz received at least $177,000 from labor unions in 2012; the average median income for an American family is around $44,000 a year. This year alone the DOL shows Schultz has been paid $75,000 by the AFL-CIO; just yesterday AFL-CIO Richard
How much in actual health care could have been paid for with the taxpayer amounts currently being spent on developing websites for people to sign up for health insurance plans they aren´t happy with?. Consider Oregon. According to the most recent numbers from the Kaiser Foundation the average cost of one day of in patient hospital care in Oregon was $2,967. Oregon has 36 hospitals with a total of 5916 beds, $300 million in state and federal funds used for Oregon to build its website. would pay for 101,112 days of hospitalization - enough to fill every hospital bed in Oregon
The liberal media starts to take the measure of a media figure they must be afraid of. Make that very, very afraid. Dan Zak of the Washington Post has a long and interesting article on Megyn Kelly, whose new show on Fox News Channel has become a major hit (snip)My gut instinct tells me that a media career, however successful, will not be the end point of Megyn Kelly´s professional achievement. In fact, I faintly recall that once upon a time there was a media figure with incredible charisma, intensity, and likability who decided that the nation needed conservative politics
The introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as revealed by the roll-out of HealthCare.gov, is an epic public embarrassment, living up to predictions of a train wreck. We´re watching government at its most harmful and ineffectual. This is not rocket science -- no risky new technology is required; no laws of physics have to be invented or repealed. While the technology itself may present some challenges, problems like this more often than not stem from poor leadership, discipline, and accountability. We were privileged to spend our careers on a team responsible for the Aegis Combat System, a complex, mission
New York — The anchor who might beat Bill O’Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her — Let me stop you right there. Photos of the day Uruguay legalizes marijuana, Kiev police pull back from protesters, aging U.S. prison population and more. Tuesday´s Photos of the day Would you write this way about a man? About O’Reilly himself? At least that’s what Megyn Kelly might ask at
In August 2013 I became very sick with what I thought was a cold. After a few days I lost vision in my left eye and I checked into the hospital. I soon found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually Strep bacteria poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused five strokes on both sides of my brain and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee. Dr. Lee was the surgeon assigned to perform open heart surgery. What was originally scheduled to last four hours ended
The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to
Fox News host Megyn Kelly has made herself the center of a racial controversy by declaring that Jesus Christ and Santa Claus are white. On Wednesday night, Kelly was responding to an article by Slate writer Aisha Harris, who wrote an article entitled “ Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore .” The popular news host told viewers of “The Kelly File,” her hit FNC program, “When I saw this headline, I kinda laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it´s racist to have a white Santa.’ And by the way, for all you kids
Views of the tea party are at all-time lows in a new poll, as primary challenges to establishment Republicans continue to heat up Washington. Just 30 percent of Americans view the tea party favorably in a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, the movement’s lowest point since Gallup began polling about it during its rise in 2010. Also in a first, a majority of Americans had an unfavorable view of the tea party, at 51 percent. Similar numbers of respondents described themselves as proponents or opponents of the tea party: Twenty-two percent identified themselves as tea party supporters, while 24 percent said they
THE Internet has been abuzz over the spectacle of President Obama and the prime ministers of Britain and Denmark snapping a photo of themselves — a “selfie,” to use the mot du jour — with a smartphone at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa on Tuesday. Leaving aside whether it was appropriate, the moment captured the democratization of image making that is a hallmark of our gadget-filled, technologically rich era. Manifestly undemocratic, in contrast, is the way Mr. Obama’s administration — in hypocritical defiance of the principles of openness and transparency he campaigned on — has systematically tried
If you go down on the ice today you´re sure of a big surprise - a rare glimpse of 20 polar bears gorging on a bloody midnight feast. These photographs show a rare cluster of males, females and cubs all dining out on the remains of a whale carcass. They spent a night and a day stripping every last morsel from the mammoth sea creature. Usually Polar bears are solitary and would never tolerate being so close to each other. But with food in plentiful supply and bellies dragging on the floor they seem too lethargic to fight.Wildlife photographer Michal