I think my biggest complaint against Democrats is the fact that they let Republicans control the message far too often. And if there’s one thing that I’ll say Republicans do well is that they control the message very well. Both play into each other for slightly different reasons.
Democrats far too often appear weak and disorganized. But I guess that’s the nature of being a liberal – we’re very diverse. Democrats have conservative Democrats and we have extremely liberal Democrats. We have Democrats who are pro-gun and some Democrats who are very anti-gun. I’ve always said the strength and weakness of the Democratic party is the same – it’s diversity. The fact that we’re accepting (for the most part) of a wide range of ideologies also makes Democrats appear to have too many messages without any structure.
On the flip side I’ve said Republicans often act more like a brainwashed cult than a political party. Even the far-right tea party Republicans and more “moderate” Republicans don’t differ that much on major issues. They’ll use the same coded words and language to talk about the same things over and over again. If Boehner is saying it you can almost bet Paul Ryan is saying it, Rush Limbaugh is saying it, Fox News is saying it and most Republicans across the country are saying it.
The Affordable Care Act is a prime example.
For some reason Democrats have felt the need to distance themselves from the law when in fact they should be embracing it. Why is it I can’t see a Republican speak without spouting off one lie after another about Obamacare, yet I rarely see a Democrat on television bragging about the fact that signups met estimates, the website is working fine and millions of Americans who didn’t have access to health care now do?
Why aren’t Democrats out there bashing Republicans at every turn about their lack of any feasible alternative to Obamacare? Why do I frequently see ads or interviews with people talking about the “horrors of Obamacare” (though almost all of these stories have been false) yet I don’t see the counter to that from liberals with people telling their success stories?
Same goes for the economy. We haven’t had a single month where we’ve lost jobs in four years. Yet I don’t see Democrats trumpeting that success. We haven’t started a single war, yet liberals are too focused on drone strikes to point out that despite all the times he could have used our military in a new foreign conflict – Obama hasn’t. We had the first month without an American casualty in Iraq or Afghanistan in more than a decade yet I didn’t see many Democrats driving that into the headlines.
Democrats are gong to lose the Senate this fall, I’m almost sure of it. But they’re not going to lose it because Republicans are better, they’re going to lose it because Democrats don’t control their message and liberal voters are far too apathetic during midterm elections.
And if Republicans do take back the Senate this fall, you might as well write off anything getting accomplished for at least two years.
Though this future isn’t set in stone. It can be changed. Democrats must start getting out and controlling their message from here until November. They need to stop allowing Republicans to look strong and organized while they look weak and divided. And liberal voters must get off their asses and get to the voting booth this November.
Because if you think the Republican attempts to sabotage our government are bad now, just wait until they control all of Congress once again.