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Populist Dem Message Replaces Progressive Message
Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2010 | Salena Zito

Posted on 01/31/2010 5:57:46 AM PST by Kaslin

Fair or not, voters have distaste and distrust this year for any candidate running under the “progressive” banner that was so wildly popular just last year.

“I essentially believe that ‘progressive’ is the wrong “P” to be describing yourself as this cycle,” said a Democratic strategist working on congressional campaigns across the country. “ ‘Populist’ is the way to go.”

Candidates, he said, should appear as an outsider who will fight for Main Street, not Wall Street.

Because the concerns of independents will continue to dominate the electoral landscape, the best that progressive candidates can do is to emphasize the overlap between progressive thought and populist ideals, such as reining-in corporate greed and influence.

In 2008 Barack Obama and Democrats won a sweeping victory through a somewhat uneasy coalition of progressive Democrats and a large wave of independent voters seeking populist change.

But President Obama and Democrats in Congress have not delivered to either group, which has tarnished their brand, especially the progressive label.

The progressive base, along with independents and Republicans, are angry.

Obama and the Democrats have not delivered, either, on the populist change they promised over and over during the campaign. They promised an era of bipartisanship. They promised an era of fiscal responsibility. They promised a government given back to the people, a government not beholden to special interests and corporate greed.

Independent voters who gravitated toward Democrats have seen none of this come to fruition but instead have witnessed bitter bipartisanship, soaring deficits and legislation plagued with special and corporate interests. Independents have lost their patience and become disenchanted; if they stay that way, a power shift truly will occur in Congress this fall.

Any politically expedient shifts will only further frustrate progressives and make it even more difficult for a liberal candidate to be successful in the coming mid-term elections, particularly when running against a more pragmatic, populist candidate.

To hold onto their majority, Democrats must focus on a populist message with real appeal and appear to be concerned about the voters’ angst.

Successful candidates will convince voters that they want to go to Washington to solve real issues, not to be part of a broken process. Voters don’t much care for either party; they want people who will address their concerns.

Will this year be like 1984, a wave election driven by the need to have balance in government? Or will it be like 1992, when people were hurting economically and wanted something new versus the staleness of President George H. W. Bush?

Or will it be more like 1994, when a new President Bill Clinton hadn’t got his footing yet and the signs of economic recovery were unclear?

Keep in mind that 1984 was not a great economic period in terms of the numbers. What President Ronald Reagan had in excess was optimism and a clear agenda: He wanted to lead America, his “shining city on a hill.” That is why his “Morning in America” commercial resonated; it gave people hope and played on the sense that the economy was turning up.

We probably are closest to 1992, in which incumbents need to beware, outsiders have real appeal and the man in the White House seems to lack vision. Voters likely will gravitate to candidates who show vision with enthusiasm and appeal, regardless of ideology.

Democrat Creigh Deeds lost Virginia’s gubernatorial race because he had no message or agenda; Republican Bob McDonnell won there because he did have those – and voters saw it.

Democrat Martha Coakley lost Massachusetts’ U.S. Senate race because she had no message on fixing voters’ problems; Republican Scott Brown won because he spoke like someone who wants to fix problems. (His challenge going forward is to lead the effort and to be for something real on health care reform, not just the Senate’s 41st “no” vote.)

Voters have become much more fickle because of a rapidly changing world. We once feared change and, therefore, it occurred slowly, incrementally. Wave or change elections were generational: FDR in 1932, Kennedy to a lesser degree in 1960, Reagan in 1980. Then we started to see them in shorter, back-to-back periods: Clinton in 1992, balance in 1994, Democrats in 2006, Obama in 2008.

Many people still like Obama personally because they don’t see him as corrupt – but the way health-care reform proposals moved through Congress has angered them. Obama must be careful or he could turn out to be like fish and visitors – unwelcome after three days.

In his case, it will be three years.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho44; classwarfare; fourth100days; zito

1 posted on 01/31/2010 5:57:46 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The Marxist shape-shifters attempting yet another rebranding.


2 posted on 01/31/2010 5:59:08 AM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Kaslin

I have never read a zito article on FR that was not a flaming leftist rant... this is no different. Delusional and falling over on the left side.

LLS


3 posted on 01/31/2010 6:00:20 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: Kaslin
I'm a Marxist
I'm a Communist
I'm a Socialist
I'm a Populist
I'm a Progressive
I'm a Liberal
I'm a Democrat
I'm a Progressive
I'm a Populist
4 posted on 01/31/2010 6:00:20 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (We have the 1st so that we can call on people to rebel. We have 2nd so that they can.)
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To: Kaslin

Do these Democrats actually believe they can fool enough voters this time around to survive?


5 posted on 01/31/2010 6:00:45 AM PST by counterpunch (The Emperor has no Cloture)
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To: Kaslin

And 0 just had a nice meeting with Jeb and Bush 41. That can’t make anybody happy.


6 posted on 01/31/2010 6:01:39 AM PST by Tribune7 (Obama Is An Obstructionist)
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To: Kaslin

I think the auther is missing the point. The democrats did deliver, but Americans generally don’t like it.


7 posted on 01/31/2010 6:02:42 AM PST by Constitutional Patriot (Socialism is the cancer of humanity.)
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To: LibLieSlayer; Salena Zito

You know you can address her personally and ask her about it. She is a FReeper


8 posted on 01/31/2010 6:03:27 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for Obama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: counterpunch

The only ones they are fooling are themselves


9 posted on 01/31/2010 6:04:44 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for Obama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

That is pure evil.

First they called themselves liberal. After a wonderful Carter bout, and good teaching from Reagan, the masses eventually figured liberal was something not wanted. So most of them dropped that term.

Then they used progressive. Now people have figured out progressive means “liberal”. Ok, we’ll change our name again.

So now they are going to be “populist”. Not change what they do, just a deception.

Satan would be proud.


10 posted on 01/31/2010 6:04:54 AM PST by I still care (A Republic - if you can keep it. - Ben Franklin)
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To: Tribune7

“And 0 just had a nice meeting with Jeb and Bush 41. “

?!?!?

I like GWB (not for some of his policies, but he is a good man), but why the @$%!*#@! would he meet w/ this POS after the POS uses every opportunity to blame his failures on GWB?


11 posted on 01/31/2010 6:05:38 AM PST by Constitutional Patriot (Socialism is the cancer of humanity.)
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To: counterpunch

I hope your tagline will soon read: The Emperor has no CLOUT!!

When sitting at the CBS sports desk he said to a sports announcer(I paraphrase):

“I’ll have your job in 3 or 7 years” !!!!!!


12 posted on 01/31/2010 6:05:52 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

They seem to have left out the “I’M a scu&bag” message.

One wonders if the truth will work with all those “brilliant” independents out there.

IMHO


13 posted on 01/31/2010 6:06:14 AM PST by ripley
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To: counterpunch

I hope your tagline will soon read: The Emperor has no CLOUT!!

When sitting at the CBS sports desk he said to a sports announcer(I paraphrase):

“I’ll have your job in 3 or 7 years” !!!!!!


14 posted on 01/31/2010 6:06:47 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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To: Tribune7

I didn’t know that Jeb was there too. But just watch for the p o s to bash them within a week.


15 posted on 01/31/2010 6:07:12 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for Obama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
Even Stalin was smart enough to switch his message from socialism to defense of the motherland.
16 posted on 01/31/2010 6:07:51 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Special SOTU tagline: YOU LIE!)
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To: sodpoodle

I didn’t realize CBS had a station in Kenya.


17 posted on 01/31/2010 6:08:26 AM PST by counterpunch (The Emperor has no Cloture)
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To: Kaslin

Too late for Obama and his progessive friends. We know who they are and what they stand for.


18 posted on 01/31/2010 6:09:21 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: Kaslin
“Corporate GREED”= profits to a “Progressive/Populist”.

It all boils down to a much more sinister ideology, the likes of which slaughtered a royal family out of rhetorical hatred. (The Romanov's) Mao also used the “Populist” mantra to gather his Red Guard together. Millions of people died as a result of the blind hate they created.

Now I understand why the Democrats think the term is so “cool”.

19 posted on 01/31/2010 6:10:15 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: Constitutional Patriot; Kaslin
A link but not much details

CP, that was Bush 41 not 43 :-)

20 posted on 01/31/2010 6:11:21 AM PST by Tribune7 (Obama Is An Obstructionist)
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To: Kaslin
No, she would not care what my opinion is and I just wanted to make my opinion known. Few beyond myself care of where my opinions lie... so thanks anyway.

LLS

21 posted on 01/31/2010 6:13:51 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: Kaslin

DemoLiberals are “populists” in the same way that drug dealers, pimps, and union bosses, are “populists”.


22 posted on 01/31/2010 6:14:23 AM PST by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: Constitutional Patriot

He met with George HW Bush,(41) not GWB (43). Old George was attending a dinner in Washington. (Probably the GOP elite, Free Masons, etc,,.)


23 posted on 01/31/2010 6:15:45 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: Kaslin
“Corporate GREED”= profits to a “Progressive/Populist”.

It all boils down to a much more sinister ideology, the likes of which slaughtered a royal family out of rhetorical hatred. (The Romanov's) Mao also used the “Populist” mantra to gather his Red Guard together. Millions of people died as a result of the blind hate they created.

Now I understand why the Democrats think the term is so “cool”.

24 posted on 01/31/2010 6:17:11 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: Kaslin

Huey Long was a populist.
That alone soured me on the phrase for good.


25 posted on 01/31/2010 6:19:30 AM PST by ozark hilljilly
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To: counterpunch

“Do these Democrats actually believe they can fool enough voters this time around to survive?”

Yup, and November is a LOOOOONG time from now.


26 posted on 01/31/2010 6:27:27 AM PST by CapnJack
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To: Kaslin
I essentially believe that ‘progressive’ is the wrong “P” to be describing yourself as this cycle,” said a Democratic strategist working on congressional campaigns across the country. “ ‘Populist’ is the way to go.

A turd by any other name.....
27 posted on 01/31/2010 6:28:51 AM PST by FrankR (The ones of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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To: Kaslin
They couldnt call themselves liberals anymore because everyone knew what that was and didn't like it, so rather than change their policies, they decided to change what they call themselves, dusted off the 'ol "Progressive" label. It took just a few years for everyone to figure out that just means "liberal", so they can't use that anymore. Now they want to change again, call themselves "populist" but it's the same 'ol stuff. After 2010 when they lose big, they'll have to come up with another fake label.

The Democrats are a fundamentally dishonest party that has to lie to get elected because if they said what they really stand for, they'd never win and they know it.

28 posted on 01/31/2010 6:32:24 AM PST by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: I still care

Nothing but elitist scumbags that think they’re somehow better than “the masses” and seek different rules for themselves than the masses.

They keep it up and we’ll have a modern Bastille day here in America.

There is no way they can be honest with the people, and there is little chance that the people aren’t seeing through their snobbish elitism and desire to oppress and subject the “serfs” to their elitist whims.


29 posted on 01/31/2010 6:32:43 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I'm a Communist

I'm a Socialist

I'm a Populist

I'm a Progressive

I'm a Liberal

I'm a Democrat

I'm a Progressive

I'm a Populist

That is worth repeating!!!!

30 posted on 01/31/2010 6:34:34 AM PST by Mobilemitter (We must learn to fin >-)> for ourselves.........)
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To: Kaslin
“I essentially believe that ‘progressive’ is the wrong “P” to be describing yourself as this cycle,” said a Democratic strategist working on congressional campaigns across the country. “ ‘Populist’ is the way to go.”

Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again
No, no!
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss
We won't get fooled again!

The new theme song of Independents may be sung at the SuperBowl!

31 posted on 01/31/2010 6:34:46 AM PST by FatherofFive (For the first time in my adult life, I am proud that Massachusettes is part of the United States!)
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To: Constitutional Patriot

He didn’t meet with President Bush #43. He met with President Bush #41. It probably had something to do with Haiti.


32 posted on 01/31/2010 6:39:56 AM PST by mplsconservative (0bama = Epic Fail)
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To: mplsconservative

Makes sense — Thanks for the info.


33 posted on 01/31/2010 6:41:41 AM PST by Constitutional Patriot (Socialism is the cancer of humanity.)
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To: Kaslin

Take your money and give away to someone else after keeping half. I would call that....Rationing. They are Rationists. Social Engineers and we are the Laboratory Rats for their insane experiments.


34 posted on 01/31/2010 7:27:49 AM PST by screaminsunshine
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To: CapnJack

“Do these Democrats actually believe they can fool enough voters this time around to survive?”

The Democrat propaganda machine is going full tilt. It is looking for ways to lull those “brilliant” independents into pulling the lever for their “brilliant” Democrat comrades. (Just how “brilliant” can an independent be?
Just how above the fray can a “brilliant” independent be?)

Watch them this fall.

IMHO


35 posted on 01/31/2010 7:29:30 AM PST by ripley
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To: LibLieSlayer

It’s pretty hard to reinvent yourself to counter voter angst when it’s your signature issues that are causing the anger. The bottom line is this: any one who wants to carry Obama’s water will drown in it come November.


36 posted on 01/31/2010 7:30:08 AM PST by RU88 (Bow to no man)
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To: Kaslin
Fair or not, voters have distaste and distrust this year for any candidate running under the “progressive” banner that was so wildly popular just last year.

Does anyone ahree w/ me that Gkenn Beck's discussion about progressives & their history in the US might have anything to do w/ it?

37 posted on 01/31/2010 7:51:36 AM PST by ChrisInAR (You gotta let it out, Captain!)
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To: Kaslin

I disagree. We need the “C” word. “CONSERVATIVE” voted into office.


38 posted on 01/31/2010 7:53:35 AM PST by 23 Everest (Tea Party Patriot & Life Member of the NRA)
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To: Kaslin
Candidates, he said, should appear as an outsider who will fight for Main Street, not Wall Street.

Playing 'Populist' only works when you are an outsider, underdog, against the entrenched majority. The Dems are very clearly the party in charge. And, after the bank bailouts, stimulus, cap and tax, and health care, done over the screaming protests of 'the people', they can't play populist now.

39 posted on 01/31/2010 7:55:09 AM PST by sportutegrl (I was for Sarah Palin before being for Sarah was cool.)
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To: Kaslin
Those who wish to bypass the severe limitations on their power imposed by the U. S. Constitution must find innovative ways to "fool" voters.

Using tricks with language has worked to their advantage in the past. They believe it will work now.

Just as the real history and meaning of the word "progressive" is being discusssed, the word "populist" is coming into vogue.

Have Americans wised up? Or, will they see through the semantics employed by this president and his power brokers--he who loves to use words, because they "matter."

Bad ideas masked in misleading semantic terms are still bad ideas.

Make a list of your own examples of such manipulation of the minds of citizens by mislabeling and share with the young people you know. Watching for and identifying the trickery is the key to rebutting and defeating it.

40 posted on 01/31/2010 8:07:06 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: Kaslin

“Candidates, he said, should appear as an outsider who will fight for Main Street, not Wall Street. “

say goodbye to your 401K! Hope you can depend on just social security


41 posted on 01/31/2010 8:20:18 AM PST by ari-freedom (Let me be clear: Obama sux)
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To: ChrisInAR
Does anyone ahree w/ me that Gkenn Beck's discussion about progressives & their history in the US might have anything to do w/ it?

Glenn called this to the letter on his radio show last week, after Scott Brown's win. He said the left would rebrand themselves populists and that the media would describe Obama's speech as populist. It seems the left is quite predictable because they retread the same loser ideas and schemes over and over, except in shiny new packaging.
42 posted on 01/31/2010 8:30:23 AM PST by LostInBayport (2010 - The Second American Revolution. The first shot was fired 1/19/2010 -- here in Massachusetts!)
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To: Kaslin
Main Entry: pop·u·list
Pronunciation: \ˈpä-pyə-list\
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin populus the people
Date: 1892

1 : a member of a political party claiming to represent the common people; especially often capitalized : a member of a United States political party formed in 1891 primarily to represent agrarian interests and to advocate the free coinage of silver and government control of monopolies

2 : a believer in the rights, wisdom, or virtues of the common people

43 posted on 01/31/2010 8:30:38 AM PST by PushinTin (NEVER, argue with an idiot, they drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience!!)
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To: counterpunch

“Do these Democrats actually believe they can fool enough voters this time around to survive?”

Yes, they do. Will you really be shocked to see just how many voters they do, indeed, fool?

Their actual arguements cannot win the debate — ever — so they continually change the language in an Orwellian manner to make it seem as though the message has changed when it hasn’t. And voters [largely uninformed], unfortunately, keep buying it.


44 posted on 01/31/2010 8:33:01 AM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: LostInBayport

Liars can only sustain their lies with more lies. Democrats are liars ...


45 posted on 01/31/2010 8:36:11 AM PST by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: counterpunch

Yes.
They have control of the government, the support of the MSM and the help of the Stupid Party. Its not impossible for them to pull it off.


46 posted on 01/31/2010 8:41:05 AM PST by Little Ray (Madame President sounds really good to me...)
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To: Little Ray

But they’ve lost SNL.


47 posted on 01/31/2010 8:48:12 AM PST by counterpunch (The Emperor has no Cloture)
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To: FatherofFive
The new theme song of Independents may be sung at the SuperBowl!

By Who(m)?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xZOrWK6d4g
48 posted on 01/31/2010 8:48:49 AM PST by Canedawg (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.)
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To: LibLieSlayer

not true :)


49 posted on 01/31/2010 11:26:57 AM PST by Salena Zito (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/blogs/fortyfourthestate/)
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To: RU88
I certainly hope so. I met two die-hard supporters of hussein’s and these people are delusional and they both hated Palin. I made all of the proper arguments and sent them emails today to back up every thing that I said... no response... typical.

LLS

50 posted on 01/31/2010 3:04:02 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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