Hope and Change: Our ‘new politics’ edition

Glad to see so much Change in the Democrats’ political playbook: Democrats must attack to win in 2010, the New York Times reports.

The strategy is already in place this year in New Jersey, where Gov. Jon Corzine “has mocked his heavy-set Republican opponent, Christopher J. Christie, in an advertisement that claimed Mr. Christie ‘threw his weight around’ to avoid traffic tickets,” according to the Times story. No surprise there, given that Corzine lacks any kind of positive record to run on after four years in office.

What’s worse — and most telling — is this response by Democratic pollster Geoff Garin:

Considering the electorate’s sour mood, Mr. Garin said, “it would border on malpractice” for an embattled incumbent like Mr. Corzine not to attack his Republican challenger aggressively.

Avoiding personal attacks and sticking to issues, however difficult that might be for Corzine, would represent “malpractice”? And don’t expect what happens in New Jersey to stay in New Jersey, according to political handicapper Charlie Cook:

“They’re going to have to play really rough,” said Mr. Cook, who pegs Democrats’ chances for holding the [U.S.] House next year at only slightly better than even. “For the average Democratic Congressional incumbent, the opposition researcher will be the most important person in the campaign.”

So the person responsible for digging up dirt — not new ideas — will be the most important person in Democratic campaigns.

And no, I don’t think Republicans would be appreciably different if they were in the place Democrats now occupy.

The answer for 2010 remains: Vote against incumbents early (in the primaries) and often (in the primaries and the general election).

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Shaneeeeeeee Fananeeeeeeeee

October 13th, 2009
12:09 pm

Obama promised all his sheep Hope and Change to get elected but now we can see that was all lies. What a bunch of cry babies about Fox News, last time I looked this was America and Fox doesn’t have to hide the corruption like the other networks are. Thanks to Fox the taxpayers are no longer funding that corrupt organization know as ACORN. You know the one Obama is a huge supporter of but when this scandal went down he had heard nothing about it. The guy is a phony, a puppet. He hasn’t accomplised a thing and his hopeful promises have all been forgotten. 1600 Corruption Avenue. Fox is #1 at every time slot so if they are the enemy, the millions of people who watch every day are enemies. Every week these people are drowning themselves and he is going to be like his buddy Jimmy Carter, a one term President. Ha Ha

citizen

October 13th, 2009
12:55 pm

This may be off topic..but..am I to understand that if the current health care legislation is passed, I will be able to drop my present health care coverage and then if I get sick, I will then be able to purchase health insurance? Why can’t we do this with automobile insurance?

Davo

October 13th, 2009
1:20 pm

“The answer for 2010 remains: Vote against incumbents early (in the primaries) and often (in the primaries and the general election).”

Wrong. Vote libertarian or 3rd party. Break the 2 party system.

Kyle Wingfield

October 13th, 2009
1:37 pm

Davo: My advice does not exclude yours.

pd

October 13th, 2009
2:02 pm

Too bad Saxby isn’t up for re-election. Sorry S.O.B. probably wouldn’t be playing so much golf on PAC money if he was.

BS Aplenty

October 13th, 2009
2:04 pm

Dallas Morning News – Oprah Winfrey is shown at the Texas State Fair.

So many jokes, so little time…

BS Aplenty

October 13th, 2009
2:25 pm

Dallas Morning News
Oct. 12, 2009 – Oprah Winfrey was mistakenly roped and tied at the Texas State Fair last night. Fair officials indicated that calf roping contestant, Billy Bob Kronenwetter,lassoed Winfrey as she bolted across the rodeo arena during the Fair’s stock show and rodeo. After being told it was Winfrey he’d roped, Kronenwetter replied it was the toughest calf he’d ever roped.

A dazed Winfrey sheepishly indicated that she kinda enjoyed that kinda rough treatment and looked forward to the “bulldogging” competition.

David Axelfraud

October 13th, 2009
2:52 pm

Democrats always eat each other. It’s a never ending cycle.

If a third party come into power then it will split the GOP in half causing Democrat wins from here on out. Better idea, how about we remake the GOP into the conservative party.

The Snark

October 13th, 2009
3:05 pm

You’re not suggesting that personal attacks are a peculiarly Democratic trait, are you? After thirty years of Lee Atwater, Newt Gingrich’s infamous “talk like Newt” GOPAC memo, and Karl Rove?

I was really hoping that the AJC’s new “conservative” columnist would be an independent voice for the conservative philosophy, a la Gary Will, and not just an apologist for the Republican Party. So far, you’ve been a disappointment.

citizen

October 13th, 2009
3:08 pm

Most of my friends identify themselves as ‘Independent’ and vote Republican because they are more conservative than liberal. We have a leadership deficit because campaign financing corrupts any person who chooses to get involved in the electoral system. Both parties know the ‘game’ and exploit it. This was very evident when Lady Gaga screams into microphone at President Obama. The idealistic young voters actually expected change just because the politician promised change.

Kyle Wingfield

October 13th, 2009
3:20 pm

Sorry, Snark, but I don’t consider it an apology for Republicans to say that they’d be doing the same thing if they were in the Democrats’ position.

I do think it’s bad when any political party, just two years into power, has to resort to personal attacks rather than selling a continuation of its present course.

Chris Broe

October 13th, 2009
3:32 pm

U know what? Lyle’s Kingfield is….RIGHT! There’s no use lying to the born-again birthers any more. It’s too late to challenge the ballot stuffing, the absentee holdbacks, and the electoral college tampering the liberals did to secure the ‘08 election.

And I, for one, would love to gloat when we confess that yes, Obama is an Alqueda Operative who was planted in our system by disgruntled Iranian Kurds to get even for when we installed the Shah in the 50’s. Did you know that the Iranians were not allowed to participate in their own natural resource distribution profits? They went to Britain, the us, and the
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Chris Broe

October 13th, 2009
3:37 pm

All the oil profits in Iran went to the US, Britain, Franch and the Dutch. Iran got ZIP!

Chris Broe

October 13th, 2009
3:42 pm

The CIA couldn’t get Truman to install the Shah, but they fooled IKE into it. This is why Ike warned us against the MIC.

The Snark

October 13th, 2009
4:02 pm

Fair enough, Kyle. But I am hoping for the occasional column in which you take the Republicans to task for not living up to the public interest, just as Cynthia McKinney and Jay Bookman do so often to liberals and Democrats. Now that’s journalism.

David Axelfraud

October 13th, 2009
4:28 pm

The Snark, LOL, you wrote: just as Cynthia McKinney and Jay Bookman do so often to liberals and Democrats. Now that’s journalism.

I have NEVER seen McKinney go after any liberal in congress. Ever. As for Bookman, he has only called out libs when he knows that he can’t defend whatever wrong doing they did. McKinney is a race baiting hack!

David Axelfraud

October 13th, 2009
4:33 pm

The Snark, Bookman never went after John Edwards when he cheated on his cancer stricken wife YET he made fun of John Ensign and Mark Sanford. But no, not a peep from Bookman on Edwards.

Bookman topics: Palin, Limbaugh, Bush, Palin, GOP, Palin, Global Warming, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh.

Cynthia McKinney topics: white people are evil, white people are racists, Bush is racist, white people hate black people……

David Axelfraud

October 13th, 2009
4:35 pm

Kyle, you mayyyyyyyyyyyyyy want to start paying attention to how Obamalamadingdong has helped devalue the dollar.

Dollar loses reserve status to yen & euro

Ben Bernanke’s dollar crisis went into a wider mode yesterday as the greenback was shockingly upstaged by the euro and yen, both of which can lay claim to the world title as the currency favored by central banks as their reserve currency.

Over the last three months, banks put 63 percent of their new cash into euros and yen — not the greenbacks — a nearly complete reversal of the dollar’s onetime dominance for reserves, according to Barclays Capital. The dollar’s share of new cash in the central banks was down to 37 percent — compared with two-thirds a decade ago.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/dollar_loses_reserve_status_to_yen_hFyfwvpBW1YYLykSJwTTEL;jsessionid=65E301CF47ED50D15170F8D6530791C5

The Snark

October 13th, 2009
5:05 pm

David Axelfraud:

Ouch! I’m having a bad day on the keyboard. I meant to write “Cynthia Tucker” and I wrote “Cynthia McKinney” instead. My sincere apologies to Cynthia Tucker. You amateur Freudian analysts are going to have a field day at my expense over that one. I better go home and lie down now before I hurt myself.

But David — Tucker and Bookman have written many, many columns critical of liberals and traditional liberal shibboleths, from the Clintons to the King family and onwards. That kind of honest self-appraisal from journalist of the right is rare, which is bad for everybody.

David Axelfraud

October 13th, 2009
5:15 pm

The Snark, no, I thought you meant Tucker. Tucker is not really that different from McKinney. Always blaming white people for everything. Bookman has NEVER gone after any significant liberal. He rants about Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin yet doesn’t say one word about Obama not having any experience and how stupid his policies are. Whatever they might be because I don’t think Obama has a clue as to what his policies are.

Obama=chaos

@@

October 13th, 2009
7:24 pm

Kyle:

You act as though this is a new tactic. The most liberal of democrats have always played dirty. Unfortunately it’s bled over into the rest of their party.

They have no other choice ’cause nobody in their right mind would buy what they’re selling.

I’ve gotta give myself a pat on the back. Back during the campaign, I said they’d overreach…even devour their own. Turns out I was correct.

About this incumbent thing. I’d be hard-pressed not to vote for my incumbent county chairman should he run. He’s the only thing standing between me and the other democrats. He’s pretty dang conservative for a donkey. His is a more realistic approach to resolving issues.

Here in Clayton County, there IS no third party. Heck! in my county Republicans don’t even bother to seek office. They know it would be a waste of time and money.

Jack

October 13th, 2009
8:28 pm

Ya’ll shouldn’t be so naive about this politics buisness, it’s like growing old is not for sissies but beats any alternative I know of. Obama knows how to win and his team is the best out there. Good luck to the opposition, 2010 could be bumpy but don’t underestimate the chances of a 2012 re-election. May the best candidate continue to win, our country still has a long way back from the hole dug by the incompetent Bush neocom boys. If you voted for them you are part of the problem. What candidate would you back tomorrow for President? Don’t forget to get Rush’s permission first.

One tired American!

October 13th, 2009
9:27 pm

Kyle:
Keep up the good work. I’ve been a Republican long before many of these hard boiled Democrats like Sonny and Nathan Deal decided to hop over the fence and act like Elephants. In many respects, these crossovers have muddled the political waters and given the GOP a bad name. While I support most conservative intiatives (sans school vouchers), it remains important to remember most American voters consider themselves slightly right of moderate. Stats historically bear that out. Its also important to base political positions on more than more than one issue. So before conservatives count their chickens, they better be darned sure they hatch the right eggs–note the deliberate small caps here.Informed Americans can make decent political choices.They sure have been taught how to think critically by lots of hard working and Christian (yep, we’re still in the public schools and plan to stay awhile) educators. Thanks for listening.

Dusty

October 14th, 2009
8:07 am

Kyle,

You are correct to aim for high ideals on both sides.

Unfortunately, in this newspaper blog business, you will have to get down in the mud where your opponents are playing. I don’t read Tucker but Bookman puts out about three controversial accusative items a day. Everybody has to jump to their defense and away they go.

Just pick out something you KNOW will rub all liberals wrong. May I suggest some lines saying that Bush should have gotten the Nobel Peace Prize? This will most likely get liberals foaming at the mouth as they have been screaming about Bush for eight years.(even as they sit safe and sound under his direction in the USA)..

So, swing a few strikes, Kyle, and we will back you up. No mo’ trillions, no more taxes, no mo’ Snowe, no mo’ speeches without action. Be nice but take aim and PASS THE AMMUNITION!!
.

jt

October 14th, 2009
8:17 am

Henry Adams observed that “politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.” This marshalling of hatreds is not the whole of politics, to be sure, but it is an essential element. Thus, Democrats encourage people to hate big corporations, and Republicans encourage people to hate welfare recipients.

Of course, it’s all a fraud, designed to distract people from the overriding reality of political life, which is that the state and its principal supporters are constantly screwing the rest of us, regardless of which party happens to control the presidency and the Congress. Amid all the partisan sound and fury, hardly anybody notices that political reality boils down to two “parties”: (1) those who, in one way or another, use state power to bully and live at the expense of others; and (2) those unfortunate others.

William

October 14th, 2009
8:52 am

Obama lied! Obama lied!

clyde

October 14th, 2009
8:56 am

Vote out the incumbents early and often.I don’t see that as an invitation to throw away your vote on the fringe parties.

Churchill's MOM

October 14th, 2009
9:09 am

The Republican Party needs new leadership and I don’t mean more men. This is a good read from the WP.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/13/AR2009101302655.html?nav=hcmodule

**************Handel 2010*********Palin McCain 2012**************

HDB

October 14th, 2009
9:39 am

Mr. Wingfield: If you REALLY wanted to talk about attack politics, how about the GOP’s persistent racial attacks on Democrats, i.e., Willie Horton, “law and order”, “states rights”, et. al. The GOP is presently known as the White Peoples’Party – and Michael Steele’s being the “head” of the GOP does nothing to refute that! No GOP candidate – statewide OR nationwide – has ever asked for my vote, has yet to state policies that would attract my vote….but persistently denigrated ethnic minorities! Why don’t you attack THAT????

William

October 14th, 2009
9:48 am

Churchill’s MOM

October 14th, 2009
9:09 am
“The Republican Party needs new leadership”

I think the DNC is more lacking in that area more than the Repugs. Lies, socialism, and turn America into a week France are the goals of the DNC. The next election will change this! I will vote for a goat before I will vote for a democrat! Hey I am a democrat! OMG!!

Churchill's MOM

October 14th, 2009
9:49 am

Dusty 8:07 am

What are you drinking this morning?

David Axelfraud

October 14th, 2009
10:06 am

HDB,???????????????????????

The ONLY reason blacks vote for democrats is because a lot of black people are stupid and naive enough to believe that democrats will give them handouts.

DNC=Party of uneducated, communist, anti-american, felons and dead people who somehow vote.

David Axelfraud

October 14th, 2009
10:09 am

Ya know, one thing Obamalamadingdong and other commie democrats can’t explain is WHERE will thousands of new doctors come from if Socialist Health Care passes.

Atlas Shrugs: Doctors ‘Going Galt’
by Ralph R. Reiland

The headline in Investor’s Business Daily, Sept. 16, 2009: “45% of Doctors Would Consider Quitting If Congress Passes Health Care Overhaul.”

The headline in the Boston Globe, Sept. 28, 2009: “States risk it, raise tax on rich.”

The problem with four of nine U.S. doctors saying they “would consider leaving their practice or taking an early retirement” is that “the number of doctors is already lagging population growth,” reports IBD.

Add millions of new patients to a shrinking supply of doctors and the obvious result is an English-style queue, longer waits in pain, and a centrally directed rationing of service.

That Boston Globe article on soaking the rich explains that New York’s increased confiscation of income from the “deep-pocketed rich” through higher taxes is producing a “millionaires’ exit.”

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=33937

jconservative

October 14th, 2009
11:36 am

For over 20 years I have been preaching “never vote for an incumbent”.

Republicans are not the problem, Democrats are not the problem, Liberals are not the problem & Conservatives are not the problem.
The problem is Incumbents.

The national debt – $290.5 billion in 1960 —
$11,895,799,292,208.46 as of 10/09/2009

This is the courtesy of incumbents.