Seems like some self-actualizing Democrats are acknowledging that their party's superpower is the ability to fragment at will (or at not will) into bitter sophomoric rivalries. (Hey, a superpower is a superpower.)
And — in what could be a stroke of genius — they might be trying to turn that power outward instead of inward…
"Given the pressure Republican candidates feel from the extreme right in their party, there is a critical — yet time-sensitive — opportunity for Democratic candidates," the [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee] writes.
"We have a finite window when Republicans candidates will feel susceptible to the extremists in their party. Given the urgent nature of this dynamic, we suggest an aggressive effort to get your opponents on the record."
Nice try, Democrats. But there's one thing we know about Republicans, it's that they are are united front. They say "no" together better than anyone else ever.
What could a Democrat possibly ask that might cause even the tiniest of rifts between them and their fine and rational base?
"Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen? Do you think the 10th Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum health care coverage standards? Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism and should never have been created in the first place? Do you think President Obama is a socialist? Do you think America should return to a gold standard?"
Oh, well. Those are some good ones…
If a Republican candidate says no to any of the questions, the memo says Democrats should "make their primary opponent or conservative activists know it. This will cause them to take heat from their primary opponents and could likely provoke a flip-flop…"
This strategy could actually work, I think. It won't though. Not once the Democrats start discussing the proper way to implement it and end up stabbing each other in the face.
Tags: Democrats, Primaries, Republicans