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No Bed Wetting – a Message to Democrats

David Plouffe is back to run the 2010 mid term elections for the Democrats, and he gives a stirring message to Democrats in today’s Washington Post. Hat tip to Dansac at Dailykos for this, one of the few mature and sane bloggers there who hasn’t written a GBCW in the last few weeks.

Among the other sterling bits of advice and comfort he has for the coming year is this:

No bed-wetting. This will be a tough election for our party and for many Republican incumbents as well. Instead of fearing what may happen, let’s prove that we have more than just the brains to govern — that we have the guts to govern. Let’s fight like hell, not because we want to preserve our status, but because we sincerely believe too many everyday Americans will continue to lose if Republicans and special interests win.

There’s much more to this piece than that – so I’d recommend a full reading of it. In fact, this last salutary note is put way at the end of his recommendations. Nice to see someone starting with the political realities rather than some psychological smackdown. (On that score – if I ever hear the phrase ‘circular firing squad’ again I’m going to turn my mattress into an aquatic wetland wildlife reserve).

I’m still slightly perturbed by the hair rending and  coverings of sackcloth and ashes that have greeted the loss of one senate seat. I can understand some people might have some egg on their face – step forward Jane Hamsher and the ‘kill the bill’ brigade – but is HCR genuinely over?

If so, it’s a big setback for a healthier fairer America. But is it a ‘moral catastrophe’ something on a par with the Great Depression as I’ve also heard said? Was their this general self immolation after the failure of Hillarycare in the 90s?

Even more importantly the Scotus Decision on Campaign Finance just gave the Dems are moral and political crusade that can radically define them in opposition to the Republicans. In this sense, Scotus has given them a gift

In 2006 and 2008, voters sent an unmistakable message: We want decisive change. This was not just a change of political parties. Instead of a government that works for the entitled and special interests, a government that looks out for Wall Street, they wanted a government that works better for them, a government that plays the role it should to help foster the security of the middle class.

“Change” is not just about policies. In 2006, Democrats promised to drain the swamp and won back Congress largely because the American people soured on corrupt Republican leadership. Many ethics reforms were put in place by the Democrats. But a recent Gallup poll showed that a record 55 percent of Americans think members of Congress have low ethics, up from only 21 percent in 2000. In particular, we have to make sure the freshman and sophomore members of the House who won in part on transparency and reform issues can show they are delivering. The Republicans will suggest they have changed their spots, but the GOP cannot hold a candle to us on reform issues. Let’s make sure we own this space.

So read the Plouffe piece. Celebrate the fact one of the smartest political strategists is back. And take that rubber sheet off your bed.  


  1. HappyinVT

    Dansac GBCW’d during the GE and lasted for almost a year.  He was actually my hero and then he showed back up.  But everyone knows he’s an O-bot.  Now I’ll go read the rest of the diary.

    BTW, Check your last paragraph (unless that was intentional.)  🙂

  2. HappyinVT

    but the president used the weekly radio address to talk about the SCOTUS decision.

    Partial transcript:

    …this week, the United States Supreme Court handed a huge victory to the special interests and their lobbyists – and a powerful blow to our efforts to rein in corporate influence. This ruling strikes at our democracy itself. By a 5-4 vote, the Court overturned more than a century of law – including a bipartisan campaign finance law written by Senators John McCain and Russ Feingold that had barred corporations from using their financial clout to directly interfere with elections by running advertisements for or against candidates in the crucial closing weeks.

    This ruling opens the floodgates for an unlimited amount of special interest money into our democracy. It gives the special interest lobbyists new leverage to spend millions on advertising to persuade elected officials to vote their way – or to punish those who don’t. That means that any public servant who has the courage to stand up to the special interests and stand up for the American people can find himself or herself under assault come election time.  Even foreign corporations may now get into the act.


    We don’t need to give any more voice to the powerful interests that already drown out the voices of everyday Americans.

    And we don’t intend to. When this ruling came down, I instructed my administration to get to work immediately with Members of Congress willing to fight for the American people to develop a forceful, bipartisan response to this decision.  We have begun that work, and it will be a priority for us until we repair the damage that has been done.

    A hundred years ago, one of the great Republican Presidents, Teddy Roosevelt, fought to limit special interest spending and influence over American political campaigns and warned of the impact of unbridled, corporate spending. His message rings as true as ever today, in this age of mass communications, when the decks are too often stacked against ordinary Americans.  And as long as I’m your President, I’ll never stop fighting to make sure that the most powerful voice in Washington belongs to you.

    The President obviously feels strongly about this.  He needs to make the case to the American people why Dems are better on this issue than their opponents.  Dems also need to get a handle on the post-Brown election era when it appears they are unsure how to proceed on healthcare.  Git ‘er done and explain how the heck it’s going to help folks.  Don’t necessarily have to hit the reset on the legislation but they certainly need to hit the reset on messaging it (and other things).

  3. HappyinVT

    always scheduled to come back from a break in January.  His wife had a baby right after the GE so he wanted to spend time with his family but always planned to get involved again.  That’s not to say I’m not thrilled.


    The truth is, a lot of congressional candidates don’t know how to run a good campaign; especially the new ones.  The RNC, in its typical top down fashion, handles this for their candidates.  It’s about time we did it for ours.

    The republicans are really crappy at governing (it’s that no discernible platform thing) but they know how to win elections.

  5. creamer

    They get to work with A team. Hide Tim Kaine in an office somwhere and let Plouffe do his thing.

    It will be interesting to watch the handlers of the Teabaggers try to spin the SCOTUS decision. I’m thinking their rank and file might not be buying.

  6. creamer

      The White House has leaked/announced a plan to freeze discresionary spending for three years begining in 2011. Its aim is some of the golden calves of special intrest groups and an aknowledgement that the defecit need some attention. IMHO this is Volkers influence. It also has an obvious political angle, making the GOP put up or shut up on government spending.

     The liberal media is attacking Obama as if he were a Republican. This the same liberal media who attacked and critizised Obama for not giving Volker a bigger roll. Some who critizied for not attacking special intrest are now complaining about a bill designed in part to fight special intrest and the pork they represent.

     In its attempts to govern the liberal media might be losing its relavence.


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