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ELECTION: Democrats need villains, punchy slogan

Letter by Craig Chilton, Bonney Lake on Sep. 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm with 11 Comments »
September 20, 2010 5:49 pm

With the election near, President Obama and the Democrats are looking for something, anything to gain some momentum. I heard they are desperately searching for a villain or campaign slogan that will deflect criticism of their dismal economic record. They’ve used great villains in the past; Wall Street, corporations, corporate lobbyists, special interests – since we know Democrats take money from all four, these won’t work anymore.

Other villains might work though: President Bush (No. 1 favorite), rich people (old standby), insurance companies and big banks (already used), Big Oil (excellent!). I think they should go back to their No. 1 favorite, but you can’t just pussyfoot around. You really have to go for it – something like – “President Bush drove the economy so deep into the ditch it will take four or even five tow trucks and years before we can dig our way out.”

Hey! That’s good! Get a few laughs and blame Bush again.

Coming up with a dynamite campaign slogan is difficult. “Culture of corruption” worked great in 2006 but with Rangel and Waters up on ethics violations that may not fool anybody today.

How about “Don’t return to the failed policies of the past”? The past? Better not go there. That’s when people had jobs. The Democrats probably need something absolutely outrageous, like “The Republicans think it’s OK to move our jobs to Uzbekistan!”

You have to be politically savvy to create a rock ‘em sock ‘em campaign slogan.

Leave a comment Comments → 11
  1. Sumner401 says:

    Turn of fox propaganda Craig, the Democrats really are not to blame for the economy.

  2. bobcat1a says:

    Funny how the Republicans are all over President Obama and the 9.5% unemployment rate 20 months into his term but they all think President Reagan was an economic saint even though the unemployment rate was over 10% for months 20 through 29 in his first term. And yes, there are still plenty of his acolytes blaming Jimmy Carter. By the way, the rates during President Carter’s last months were lower than during President Bush’s. As much as you don’t want to believe it, thus far Obama has done a better job of economic recovery than Reagan. Them’s the facts, Sparky.
    Now, you guys can get on with the name calling.

  3. aislander says:

    If only there were some way to blame Big Tobacco for the shape the economy is in. Too bad the statists already got their payoff from THAT former villain…

  4. Sweet letter, made me laugh. Between Beerboys Huffington revisionist economic cut and pastes, and Bobcat and Sumner repeating them, I’m sure they will quickly become facts for the mindless left:). Least America is waking up and realizing full abdication of personal responsibility is a bad thing, and a nanny state isn’t the answer.

  5. TMell – Huffington?!???

    Really…..if you are going to try to do a pre-emptive dismissal of my posts, you should strive to be accurate. When I cut and paste about the economy I strive to find sources that you and others of your persuasion won’t be able to dismiss out of hand.

  6. Sumner401 says:

    Tmell, how do you feel about your fox/rush/hannity/coulter revisionist economic cut and pastes and all the rest of your fellow teawhiners repeating them?
    Not to mention all your childish insults that go alone with your right wing misinformation?

    Good for the goose but not the gander?

  7. “full abdication of personal responsibility is a bad thing, and a nanny state isn’t the answer” —

    worth repeating Tmell

  8. Sumner401 says:

    Not really since it bares no relation to reality.

  9. “full abdication of personal responsibility is a bad thing, and a nanny state isn’t the answer” —

    Its a sad state of affairs when a group of media salesman are so proficient at selling their lies and exaggerations to those who are gullible and prone to hate, that they have become convinced that the president is a Muslim, was born in Kenya, is a socialist/marxist, promotes “full abdication of personal responsibility, nanny states, and on and on.

    You people need to find God, and ask for forgiveness.

  10. cirrus, you made some giant leaps there, but oh well.

    I am not convinced that the president is a Muslim (I don’t think religion is a big deal for him, period).

    I don’t think he was born in Kenya.

    I do think he represents an entitlement ideology that invites us to abdicate personal responsibility and will lead us to what some call a “nanny state.”

    Try not to lump everything into a big ball for your convenience.

    The issues we discuss here and that we face in the global community are messy and gray. They are not tidy and black or white.

  11. eagle_beak says:

    Mr. Chilton thank you for a very thoughtful and well written letter.

    God bless America and help us make our country strong!

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