THE BATTLE OF THE QUESTIONS
by kos The DSCC gives their candidates a list of questions to ask their Republican opponents to wedge them from either mainstream voters, or their teabagger supporters.Economic Policies
Bush tax cuts: Did you support the Bush tax cuts passed in 2001 and 2003? Do you support extending the tax cuts for the wealthiest that received them, which are currently set to expire after 2010?
Flat Tax: Do you support a national flat tax, or the fair tax?
Corporate Taxes: Do you support closing corporate tax loopholes such as tax benefits for corporations that send U.S. jobs overseas?Labor
Minimum Wage Increase: Do you support an increase in the minimum wage?
Wages: Did you support passage of the Fair Pay Act of 2009?Health Care
Health Care: Do you believe that health care reform should be repealed?Which parts of the bill would you throw out?
The closing of the donut hole in Medicare part D
The elimination of preexisting conditions
Minimum coverage standards
Subsidies for families to buy insurance
Tax credits for small businesses
Department of Education: Do you believe the U.S. Department of Education should be
Iran: Do you support a military invasion of Iran?
Torture: Do you believe that the U.S. military and intelligence agencies should employ torture tactics during interrogations?
Social Security: Do you believe social security should be privatized?
Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen?
Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare 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?
Corporate and Special Interests
Do you support the recent Supreme Court decision affirming runaway corporate spending in elections?
Do you support the President's proposal to tax Wall Street banks to recoup taxpayer funds?
Do you support the Democratic congressional proposals to hold financial institutions accountable with meaningful financial regulatory reform?
The GOP responded with their own sets of questions they think will have electoral power:
"Would you support a second so-called 'stimulus' bill, even though the first failed to create much-needed jobs? Or do you believe the unspent money should be returned to the taxpayers? Are you willing to hold open discussions to reach an agreement on bipartisan health care reform, or will you continue to support backroom deals -- such as the Cornhusker Kickback -- in order to ram an unpopular and costly government-run health care bill through Congress?
"Do you support increasing the nation's debt limit by yet another $2 trillion? Do you agree with the Obama administration that terrorists should be afforded the same rights as American citizens, tried in American courtrooms, and ultimately held on American soil?"
The memo says if Democrats cannot understand that these are the issues that voters care about in 2010, "we look forward to retaining the growing support of Independent and even Democrat voters who are tired of their divisive rhetoric and continued defense of the status quo in Washington."
You can never underestimate the ability of Republicans to claim white is black, and do it with feigned sincerity and seriousness. The party of "death panels" and "Obama is a Nazi" really wants to talk about "divisive rhetoric"? The party that is blocking everything in DC wants to talk about "defense of the status quo"? Heck, the whole point of the word "conservative" is a defense of the status quo!
But until Democrats learn to play hardball, and quit trying to work with a party that means only to destroy them, they will suffer at the ballot box.
You see, what voters want isn't rhetoric. They want results. Democrats promised results. They either deliver them, or they don't. And if they don't, the voters will retaliate, and be justified in doing so. All the teabagger questions won't rescue them from that kind of punishment, because a party that gets elected on the promise that it can govern ultimately has to govern.
And if Democrats deliver, then they can run on actual accomplishments. If Republicans want to rail at the Democrats for getting shit done, then let them. They'll find the going much tougher than they think.