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2010 situation grows more difficult for Democrats
AP via Yahoo! News ^ | January 2, 2010 | By LIZ SIDOTI, AP National Political Writer

Posted on 01/02/2010 6:29:25 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer

WASHINGTON – An already difficult situation for Democrats in Congress is worsening as the 2010 political season opens.

To minimize expected losses in next fall's election, President Barack Obama's party is testing a line of attack that resurrects George W. Bush as a boogeyman and castigates Republicans as cozy with Wall Street.

Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who heads the House Democrats' campaign arm, said his party wants to remind voters who was on their side at a difficult time. "The Republican Party in Washington today is no different than the Republican Party that ran the Congress before," he said.

But that was three years ago. Democrats have been in control since, and Bush is long gone. This is Obama's country now. Democrats tried to use Bush against Republican Chris Christie in the New Jersey governor's race in November — and Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine still lost.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; 2010midterms; dccc; failure; obamacare; obamanomics; socialism; vanhollen

1 posted on 01/02/2010 6:29:26 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
a line of attack that resurrects George W. Bush as a boogeyman

Yeah, that will work!

LOL!
2 posted on 01/02/2010 6:31:15 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Bush’s fault still one year later.

What a bunch of pathetic whiners and babies.


3 posted on 01/02/2010 6:32:29 AM PST by Col Frank Slade
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

AP Headline in 2026: ‘Bush Legacy Hurting Job Growth’


4 posted on 01/02/2010 6:32:47 AM PST by The Iceman Cometh (0bama is my President...and he's out to get me!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
To minimize expected losses in next fall's election, President Barack Obama's party is testing a line of attack that resurrects George W. Bush as a boogeyman

After the Obama Admin's botched handling of the Christmas bomber, folks might just start longing for Bush's willingness to deal with terrorism as a war, not just an inconvience.

> and castigates Republicans as cozy with Wall Street.

A simple dump of campaign contributions by Wall Street companies to leading Dems will quickly put the lie to that one.

If this is the best the Dems can do - throwing campaign boomerangs - they are in worse shape than I thought.

5 posted on 01/02/2010 6:32:53 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
To minimize expected losses in next fall's election, President Barack Obama’s party is testing a line of attack that resurrects George W. Bush as a boogeyman and castigates Republicans as cozy with Wall Street”

Chortle!
Yeah, like that would work.
Nobody is more cozy with Wall Street than 0baMAO, with his bailouts for his Wall Stret pals who made massive contrbuttions to0 obozo's campiagn.
Not to mention Bush is now polling nearly the same as 0bozo.
If “it's Bush's fault” is all the the Demencrats have got, they'd better prepare for a slaughter in November.

6 posted on 01/02/2010 6:34:10 AM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Dems earned not a single thing from VA. Deeds ran this exact same campaign in VA and lost in a landslide. If the GOP candidates stay out of the mud and present a viable, serious thoughtful solution based message, this could be a brutal year electorally for the Obama regime.
7 posted on 01/02/2010 6:34:50 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Demand Constitutionality)
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To: The Iceman Cometh
AP Headline in 2026: ‘Bush Legacy Hurting Job Growth’

Didn't you mean 2056? After all, Golden Anniversaries are the best ones.

8 posted on 01/02/2010 6:37:42 AM PST by ProudFossil
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Heck Obama will be using this same tactic in 2012.


9 posted on 01/02/2010 6:39:17 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: MNJohnnie

They’re forgetting some basics.....including this one: People vote FOR something, not AGAINST something. Politics 101. If they believe that people will vote Dem by convincing them they are still against Bush and his policies.....they’re going to get their empty heads handed to them.

Can’t happen soon enough to suit me.


10 posted on 01/02/2010 6:40:30 AM PST by RightOnline
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To: RightOnline

Van Holen is a DIM-oc-RAT tool. Any time one sends him a letter of concern on any issue he responds with a condescending letter that starts by telling you that you are a misinformed fool and that he knows better than any mere citizen voter. It is too bad that there are so many brain-addled libs and welfare cheats in maryland. he is here to stay unfortunately.


11 posted on 01/02/2010 6:44:49 AM PST by hal ogen
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Boo frickin hoo


12 posted on 01/02/2010 6:47:23 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: MNJohnnie

“Dems earned not a single thing from VA.”

Or NJ, Corzine ran at least one TV ad with “Corzine/Obama” signs prominently featured. (I know it makes no sense, but they did it). Obama came here several times, altho’ the last time he went to Newark and Camden, iirc, and if you have to do that it’s pretty sad. Yet, per the polls, and even gut feeling, it was too close to call on election day. General shock was the reaction when the election was called for Christie by 11 pm that night.

It was a rebuke, pure and simple. Obviously to Corzine, but certainly to the idea of Obama as an ace-in-the-hole also.

Of course, it appears that what put Christie over was his interview with Don Imus, where he cheerfully admitted to being fat and did a good job of portraying Corzine as feckless. I know it seems strange, but it really generated mucho buzz around here. You never know what is going to resonate with people. And I guess Imus still has some juice. Although I hate him for replacing Curtis & Kuby, possibly the greatest morning drive time radio show EVER.


13 posted on 01/02/2010 6:53:20 AM PST by jocon307
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

However, it is a new Democrat party. The party leader in the White House is a Muslim. Democrats are doing the legislative bidding of their Muslim leader. This is supposed to be good for our country?


14 posted on 01/02/2010 7:02:28 AM PST by abclily
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To: mainepatsfan

The Democrat party will need to impeach BarackO before 2012.


15 posted on 01/02/2010 7:04:24 AM PST by abclily
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To: dirtboy

Wall Street overwhelmingly supported Barry and the Donks can’t duck it.


16 posted on 01/02/2010 7:07:31 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: jocon307
General shock was the reaction when the election was called for Christie by 11 pm that night.

Axelrod and Emanuel figured out early on that Virginia was a lost cause which is why they didn't want Obama tarnished by it. New Jersey was a real body blow that they didn't anticipate.

17 posted on 01/02/2010 7:13:20 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Good polling news means jack sh*t if Republican gains are nothing but a bunch of Mitch McConnell wannabes.

McConnell sold us out (deliberately) during the (so called) health care bill process. As evidenced by his strategy and actions, his goal was not to stop the bill, but to use it as PR for the 2010 elections. When asked he won’t even come out in public and say that the Pubbies’ goal is to repeal if they regain control. Because it’s not.


18 posted on 01/02/2010 7:16:42 AM PST by ChildOfThe60s
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

To say that the democrats were “on my side” or even on America’s side, the thought makes me want to throw up.


19 posted on 01/02/2010 7:28:20 AM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid)
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To: mainepatsfan

“New Jersey was a real body blow that they didn’t anticipate.”

Agreed. I think the level of discontent in NJ was a surprise too all, even us here in NJ. I just hope Christie seizes the day and will prove proud to be called mean, etc. So far, OK I guess, he did pick a Dem for Atty Gen’l, but she’s the Essex County (Newark that is) prosecutor and is the first prosecutor chosen for AG in over 100 years, or something amazing like that. I work for a law firm and read this in the Law Journal, don’t know if it got too much coverage in the MSM. She looks like a nice woman, who’d be pleased to send you to jail if required.


20 posted on 01/02/2010 7:41:50 AM PST by jocon307
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To: jocon307

Can Christie get much done with the legislature?


21 posted on 01/02/2010 7:44:38 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

“Can Christie get much done with the legislature?”

That I do not know, but I did vote for him in the primary because he seemed like that kind of person who COULD get things done. He doesn’t seem stuck on himself, nor an idealoge, yet a person with the power of persuasion. He has said (I believe) that he will govern as a one termer, without worrying about his re-electability. But if he won’t go after the muni unions he won’t get anywhere. We’ll see.

NJ’s motto is “Liberty & Prosperity”, with the nation’s densest population and located as we are between NY & Pennsy there is no good reason why this state’s economy should not always be rocking. And it is completely stagnant right now.


22 posted on 01/02/2010 7:53:41 AM PST by jocon307
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

If this is the plan, their internal polling must be simply awful.


23 posted on 01/02/2010 8:03:24 AM PST by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

>>>McConnell sold us out (deliberately) during the (so called) health care bill process. As evidenced by his strategy and actions, his goal was not to stop the bill, but to use it as PR for the 2010 elections.<<<<<

What part of 60 vote filibuster proof majority dont you understand??


24 posted on 01/02/2010 8:12:55 AM PST by bt579 (Clean the House in 2010, Right the Wrong in 2012.)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
When asked he won’t even come out in public and say that the Pubbies’ goal is to repeal if they regain control. Because it’s not. <<

EXACTLY!....the RINO party still believes in being “only a little bit pregnant”

25 posted on 01/02/2010 8:15:37 AM PST by M-cubed
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To: The Iceman Cometh
AP Headline in 2026: ‘Bush Legacy Hurting Job Growth’

Why not? They got a good 70 years out of pounding Hoover.

26 posted on 01/02/2010 8:18:29 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Nepolean fries the idea powder)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Obama doesn’t seem to be man enough to take responsibilty for his own actions; he loves to blame others. He knows many of his followers will just repeat his words as if they were gospel. The truth is we are in a greater mess now than a year ago. The debt is quicksand for the Dems.


27 posted on 01/02/2010 8:29:12 AM PST by FreedBird (h)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

IOW, the Democrats will use the same stale ideas they’ve been using since they lost in 2000.

* Blame Bush.
* Blame the rich.
* Blame the war.

Democrats bankrupt the country while they are bankrupt of creative solutions.


28 posted on 01/02/2010 8:31:00 AM PST by OrangeHoof ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Bend over suckahs".)
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To: bt579
What part of 60 vote filibuster proof majority dont you understand??

I understand it perfectly. He had multiple ways to use Senate rules and whatnot to delay, delay, delay.

There are/were benefits to doing that, in spite of the numerical disadvantage. First, the longer it takes, to stinkier it becomes publicly for the Dems. And the harder it gets for Reid to hold them together. We are winning the PR side of things, in spite of McConnell's weak kneed persona.

And McConnell has never figured out that *any* accommodation of the Dems is like throwing a small amount of red meat to a pack of wild wolves. They see it as weakness (correctly so in his case) and it encourages them. They despise weakness. They see McConnell as such a winp he can't even ask his fellow Pubbies and staffers to stay over Christmas in order to cause the Dems grief. They are laughing their asses off at him.

29 posted on 01/02/2010 8:37:13 AM PST by ChildOfThe60s
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
It's funny how hard they tried to connect Christie and Bush in New Jersey (I'm still scratching my head trying to figure it out - were they poker buddies or something?). Here's the billboard they ran all over the state:

This is the one that Corzine ran for himself:

I wonder which one worked?

30 posted on 01/02/2010 9:21:15 AM PST by Magnatron
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Et tu, AP?

Love it.


31 posted on 01/02/2010 9:27:03 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. May yur bandwidth exceed your girth)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I swear these morons will still blame Republicans even if they held every single elective office in the country.


32 posted on 01/02/2010 11:06:47 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GO GREEN BAY PACKERS GO!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

None of their lies and tricks will work THIS year! LOL

FULL SPEED AHEAD FOLKS!!!

FIRE ALL CANNONS!

WE HAVE THE WIND AT OUR BACKS AND THERE IS FEAR IN THE EYES OF THE ENEMY!


33 posted on 01/02/2010 11:37:50 AM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Impeach Obama!

Audit the Fed: Abolish the Fed.

Abolish the 16th Amendment: Institute a 5% Fair Tax.

Abolish the 17th Amendment and Reinstate the US Constitution Article 1, Section 3. Institute Term Limits in Congress. No more than a total of 16 years in Congress [either House or Senate or both]. Rescind the Perks of Lifetime income and health coverage. It's called PUBLIC SERVICE for a reason. It should be an HONOR to be a SERVANT of the PUBLIC, not some life-long employment of so many lawyers who don't have what it takes to make money at lawyering in the Real World . . . at least most of the Republicans had REAL jobs in the REAL WORLD that many can go back to when they leave Congress. Federal Employees, including the three branches of Government, should have to purchase their own Health Coverage, just as their Constituents and most Taxpayers do; should have to pay into and draw from Social Security, just as their Constituents and Taxpayers do; should have to plan for their own retirement, just as their Constituents and Taxpayers do.

Restrict Lobbyists to those who have been out of Government employment for 16 years. [Elected, appointed, or employee of elected or appointed.]

Age Limits on Supreme Court. Mandatory Retirement at 80.


I could go on and most of you could add to this list. Someone familiar with what damage was done to our US Constitution by Woodrow Wilson and the Presidents who followed could probably come up with a Master List.

And maybe, just maybe, someone with some guts will man up [or woman up] and raise these issues in Congress. Rep. Michele Bachmann does a great job, but she's only one person. Where are all the OTHERS? Why do they not speak out? Why does it take a woman, a Republican woman, to correct what generations of men have done to our Constitution?

And I cannot say that Rep Ron Paul has done as much as Rep Michele Bachmann overall. He's on the forefront of the "End the Fed" movement, though, and I appreciate him for that.
34 posted on 01/02/2010 12:00:58 PM PST by HighlyOpinionated (The left have become lawless. Every strangling edict they issue carries an exemption for themselves.)
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