Clap Louder! LOUDER!!!

Three posts and a video from Greg Sargent @ Plum Line.

10:34 AM Voters aren’t listening to Dem message about GOP and Bush

What if voters are simply not buying the central Dem message that a vote for the GOP is a vote to return to the Bush policies that ran the economy into the ground? What if the GOP has already achieved separation from the former president?

There are still more than two months to go until election day. Perhaps voters will grow more receptive to the Dem claim that the GOP wants nothing more than a return to Bush policies once they begin focusing harder on the choice before them. But for now, the data clearly shows the public is not listening to the core Dem message.

11:57 AM Axelrod: Voters aren’t (yet) buying our Bush message

Now this thesis is being confirmed by none other than White House senior adviser David Axelrod, who  acknowledges to Sam Stein that Dems have failed to communicate this message adequately:

Perhaps this is where we have been failing to communicate,” said Axelrod. “[A] large number of people [don’t] believe that a Republican Congress would go back to the policies of George W. Bush, even though their own leaders have said as much in public. Pete Sessions said we want to go back to the same exact agenda that was there before this president took office. So our job in the next eight weeks is to make sure that people understand that, that they understand the stakes.

2:13 PM David Plouffe to Dems: Don’t despair, get to work!

Thanks to his work as the architect of Barack Obama’s stunning victory in 2008, few political strategists command the respect of the Dem rank and file to the degree  David Plouffe does.

So Plouffe is now trying to buck up despondent Dems by starring in a new video, to be emailed out to supporters by Obama’s political operation, telling them that all is not lost and that Dems can do far better this fall than the pundits are predicting — if they get to work:

(W)hat’s also interesting is Plouffe’s insistence that rank and file Dems understand that finding a way to muster up some enthusiasm may be the difference between winning and losing…

So you know what to do, otherwise Tinkerbell WILL DIE!!!!


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    • on 09/07/2010 at 21:05

    The beatings will continue until morale improves.

    • on 09/07/2010 at 22:31


    • on 09/08/2010 at 05:37

    is doomed to failure.

    While most of the gripes about this administration have been directed at Rahm, Geithner, Summers, etc. it’s the political advisers that have been absent since day one.

    I honestly don’t know how the “Davids” can look the President in the eye and tell him things will be okay if…

    But then again, maybe they are just doing what the boss wants.

    • on 09/16/2010 at 20:05

    All along since the speech at Kerry’s nomination they have had Obama as their fall back for when the pitch forks started coming out. As the horrifying news and truth oozed out from the Bush regime, They whipped Obama out as the bait. The campaign was a dramatic alternative to another reign of the Clinton’s an Axelrod, Pouffle production. Pouffle and Axelrod seem to be to be nothing more then very good marketing guys, hucksters.

    Thing is you can’t sell hope, audacity, and change to the bottom after you fail to even make a convincing case for why you are serving up the same dish and calling it reform. Institutional Democrats are the same lot that people most of them voted to get rid of. Nancy promised to drain the swamp and still left every weapon we have off the table, while setting it with procedure rules by partisan nonsense, and Rahm supplied the blue dogs needed so they could feign impotency.  

    Good luck Pouffle you are good but bait and switch in ‘the fierce urgency of now’ won’t whip up any enthusiasm. hilariously or tragically I got the talking points for GOTV from P via an e-mail for November. They are exactly the some ones the Obama people gave us when I worked for his campaign. The first one made me laugh out loud. #1 Tell your story don’t talk policy. Biden came on TV last night and really was absurd. so absurd I didn’t even get mad. This is some bad, bad performances, the first act is a hard one to follow as it was a great performance. The plot line fell apart and now they say ignore it and clap anyway.          

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