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Just saying ‘no’ will suffice

For independent voters, the GOP’s “‘no’ is certainly more powerful than the mixed messages Democrats are putting forward,” said E.J. Dionne in The Washington Post.

E.J. DionneThe Washington Post

If Democrats want to prevent a Republican tsunami come November, said E.J. Dionne, they’ll have to do a lot better than painting the GOP as the “party of no.” In these troubled economic times, plenty of people are ready to shout NO! “from the rooftops.” For independent voters, the GOP’s “‘no’ is certainly more powerful than the mixed messages Democrats are putting forward.” And for the Republican base, GOP obstruction is a point of pride, since it signifies opposition to Obama-care, Wall Street reform, and the expansion of government. 

What the Democrats are missing is “a willingness to raise the stakes of the election.” That would require confronting head-on the “brand of conservatism seeking power this year,” and exposing its incoherence. Conservatives, for example, can’t support both deficit reduction and tax cuts for the rich. Such hypocrisy, along with the GOP’s willingness to tolerate crackpot extremists, is “untrue to the best of its own traditions.” But as Democrats proved in 2006 and 2008, just saying no to the party in power can be a very effective strategy.

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