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Sunday, September 26, 2010

New York Times Reports Democratic Desperation

Via NYT:

Democratic candidates across the country are opening a fierce offensive of negative advertisements against Republicans, using lawsuits, tax filings, reports from the Better Business Bureau and even divorce proceedings to try to discredit their opponents and save their Congressional majority.

Forget running on the issues that hasn't been working out so well for Democrats with all their "big win" legislation being opposed by the majority of Americans, so time to go for the throat and attack.

As they struggle to break through with economic messages, many Democrats are deploying the fruits of a yearlong investigation into the business and personal histories of Republican candidates in an effort to plant doubts about them and avoid having races become a national referendum on the performance of President Obama and his party.

Republicans, on the other hand, have a different idea and using Democrats' voting records on the issues:

“Our strongest piece of opposition research on Democrats is their voting records,” said Representative Pete Sessions of Texas, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. “While character assassination seems to be the strategy for Democrats this year, the American people are supporting Republican candidates because they are providing an alternative.”

Negative advertising can be effective, no doubt there but will it convince every day voters that are concerned about unemployment rates, nation deficits, the economy and the Democrats recent spending sprees, to simply ignore all that?

The problem for Democratic politicians right now is their association with Obama, Reid and Pelosi.

Obama's approval numbers are tanking, Pelosi and Reid, according to polling are the two top political leaders with the highest disapproval and unfavorabilty and the GOP has a large enthusiasm lead with voters against the Democrats.

Fact is Democrats are scared to run on their record, to run a campaign listing their recent "accomplishments" because the American people are against some of their biggest so-called wins and they know it.

Grab your popcorn folks, the entertainment is about to begin.