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Fix Daily Poll: Democrats, George W. Bush and the "tea party"

At a press conference last week, national Democrats including Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine unveiled plans for a midterm strategy that would link Republican candidates to the "tea party" movement.

The goal, according to Democratic leaders, is to portray all Republicans as in line with the outside-the-mainstream positions of some tea party candidates, such as abolishing several federal agencies, privatizing Social Security and repealing the 17th Amendment, which established direct election of senators.

At the same time, recent developments on the campaign trail indicate that Democrats continue to link Republican candidates to George W. Bush, who remains unpopular among the electorate at large.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who is running for a fourth term, has launched a new TV ad against former state Sen. Dino Rossi (R) in which Bush makes a cameo appearance. President Obama also invoked the former president's name at a DNC fundraiser in Atlanta last night, telling the audience that Republicans "don't have a single idea that's different from George Bush's ideas -- not one."

We've debated whether it's possible for Democrats to pursue both of these divergent strategies at the same time, and now we're putting the question to Fixistas. Vote -- and give us your thoughts in the comments section -- below.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 3, 2010; 12:28 PM ET
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