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Democrats need to stop panicking to hang on to seats in Congress

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Even if you didn’t follow politics, you’ve heard a lot about Martha Coakley, Scott Brown, and a whole lot of stories about panic.

The experts tell you that all is lost if the Democrats lose on Tuesday.

They aren’t completely wrong, of course. The Democratic Party would fall to 59 senators (including two independents). Nothing of importance will get passed, especially health care reform. And as poor as the potential bill will be, passing nothing will make the Democrats look even less successful as November approaches.

Is it better for the Democratic Party to lose this seat? Can’t imagine Democrats and Independents would think so. But what is confusing is what Democrats are doing about this?

If the experts are correct, and there is an anti-incumbency vibe going on, how do you fix that?

People’s frustrations don’t so much fall into the anti-incumbency attitude; after all, the people gave President Obama more of a honeymoon than the MSM did. But they are tremendously frustrated with things not getting done.

Things aren’t getting done because the Republicans have stood in the way. Whether it be DeMint’s Waterloo comment, or watching moderate Republicans scared to vote their conscience, the GOP has been a doorstop in the way of progress.

The idea that Republicans were going to behave this way isn’t shocking. But the Democratic Party had stood there like a deer in headlights.

Obama takes some of the blame for this. Play nice, play nice, and good things will happen. Uh, no. Good to try, even for the first 6 months. But once it was clear that this wasn’t changing, Obama and the Democrats should have gone to Plan B.

There doesn’t seem to be a Plan B. Which is why Coakley is in trouble and former centerfold Brown might finish out the seat of the late Ted Kennedy.

I make very few predictions, but I predict Coakley barely wins the seat. In a sense, a narrow victory can be a blessing for the Democrats, IF they learn lessons from this race and apply them down the road.

First, the Democrats need to hustle in every race. Pretend there are no easy races, because there aren’t.

Then, point out why things aren’t getting done. Address fears and concerns citizens have. Right now, Democrats are ignoring their concerns.

For the Senate races, play up getting more senators on the Democratic side. After all, more senators means more things get done.

Criticizing the Republican strategy of obstruction is easy. The problem for Democrats and Independents is that the strategy is working, even if it is to the detriment of what the United States needs to do.

Americans are reluctant for change, even if they are begging for it now. What they don’t understand is why things aren’t getting done. And no one from the Democratic Party side is explaining this to them.

President Obama should be doing this, but doesn’t want to do so. Ronald Reagan didn’t feel shy about stating who he thought was the obstacle for him, as Democrats left and right kowtowed to Reagan in the 1980s. Republicans aren’t kowtowing to Obama, because Republicans are more disciplined.

Even if 59 senators is a solid majority, the second most solid Senate majority in more than a generation, clearly this isn’t enough. The MSM refuses to acknowledge this issue because they salivate over discipline. As biased as the MSM is toward the right wing, they love and reward discipline. So in their eyes, what Republicans are doing to stop Obama is glorious.

What are Democrats doing to change that equation? Nothing.

The Democratic Party should be scared if the Massachusetts Senate seat turns red. But even if it stays blue, they need to stop panicking and start explaining. There are still more Republicans open seats than Democratic. The opportunity is there for Democrats to actually get some things done. They need to start — now.


Written by democracysoup

January 17, 2010 at 10:57 am

Posted in 2010 elections

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  1. Robert Feeley

    January 17, 2010 at 1:59 pm

  2. […] a comment » So much for predictions: analysis is more my […]

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