Cheesy, yet interesting, gimmick from the Dems
The clever folks over at the Democratic National Committee today issued “The Republican Tea Party Contract on America.” As gimmicks go, it’s a little cheesy. The whole allusion to the 1994 Contract With America. And the linking of the GOP to the extremists within the Tea Party who made life a living hell for Democrats last summer as they tried to sell health care reform (in all its unbaked glory at the time). But if the DNC and Democratic members play it smart and show some backbone, they could force Republicans to finally state what they are truly for.
The top five of the ten contract items demand a substantive response from the GOP. Republicans have said they wanted to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act. Yet, they haven’t said what they’d replace it with. They want to privatize Social Security. With the wild ride the stock market has put us on over the last two years, how would they ensure that grandma and grandpa don’t lose their checks after a bad day on the market? End Medicare as it exists? And then what? Extend the Bush tax cuts and pay for them how? What about protecting consumers from the excesses of Wall Street?
All of these questions deserve serious answers. Instead, the GOP is polling voters on what their agenda should be. If the Democrats hold the Republicans’ feet to the fire on the top five contract items, they might be able to get the electorate to see that the GOP is an ideas-free zone.
| July 28, 2010; 3:23 PM ET
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