January 26th, 2010
02:57 PM ET
4 years ago

DSCC urges dems to define opponents early

The DSCC is urging the party's 2010 candidates to definte their Republican opponents early.
The DSCC is urging the party's 2010 candidates to definte their Republican opponents early.

(CNN) – In the wake of the surprising Massachusetts special election result last week, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is urging the party's 2010 candidates to define their Republican opponents early.

"Given the pressure Republican candidates feel from the extreme right in their party, there is a critical - yet time-sensitive –opportunity for Democratic candidates," a DSCC memo, obtained by CNN, states. "We have a finite window when Republicans candidates will feel susceptible to the extremists in their party. Given the urgent nature of this dynamic, we suggest an aggressive effort to get your opponents on the record."

Specifically, the DSCC wants Democratic candidates to pin down their likely opponents on several hot-button issues, including:

- Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S.citizen?
- Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?
- Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism, and should never have been created in the first place?
- Do you think President Obama is a socialist?
- Do you think America should return to a gold standard?

Full memo [PDF]

– CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report.


Filed under: DSCC
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. MIke

    This should have happened a long time ago. It has baffled me as to why Democrats have been so shy to expose this Right-Wing lunacy for what it is. It's as if all parties are slaves to populism, and afraid to call the wing-nuts out.

    It's possible that they felt that these attacks were beneath them, and did not justify a response, but as we have seen, the laziest forms of disinformation do work in America. America is not an intellectual society. These attacks need to be addressed with the same intensity as the one's that their opponent's launch.

    The right, with the help of Murdoch run outlets like the WSJ (White Sociopath's Journal), and FOX News have gotten away with mountains of baseless claims. Their goal is to create confusion, which leads to fear, and paranoia. it's an age-old political strategy.

    It's time that we, as Americans take control over the rampant urban legends, and "Just So" stories that Conservatives have littered the airwaves with. Standing by and letting them rant and rave, while we grin thinking how insane they look and sound, is not succeeding.

    The Right has become one big Morton Downey Jr. clone. They're a joke in our own country, as well as the rest of the world. They're island of existence gets smaller every decade, but the powers that be still have use for their intense gullibility.

    January 26, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Scott O'Canada

    Asking the Republicans to define who they are is a mute point if the Democratics cannot define themselves. Mr. Obama has been sending out mixed smoke signals recently and has gone from being proactive to reactive and that runs counter to what is being American. He should purge half his upper management and start with a clean slate or the Dems will be wandering in the politcal wilderness in both 2010 and 2012.

    January 26, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Sam

    Finally, a wise strategy from democrats

    I'm really liberal and what irritates me most about my party is that our leaders NEVER seem to directly call out Republicans on their wildly inaccurate statements.

    This health bill that's dead now was never anything close to (or as good as) socialism... it was just a hodge-podge mess of half-measures designed to PROTECT a private system from eventual collapse. And yet somehow, Republicans who've obviously never taken an economics class called it socialism, and democratic lawmakers didn't make any major public effort to set the obvious record straight.

    Why not?

    January 26, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. richp the poconos

    Might even be more interesting to see the results of a poll like that to the average american with no slanting questions or answers, just a straight question. As for social security, I always liked that they set it up 20 years past the average life expectancy to collect the first dime. Three generations of my family, none have ever lived to collect a penny.

    January 26, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Freeman

    -Yes, he's a citizen
    -Yes, as the 10th amendment says, all rights not specifically stated in the constitution as belonging to the federal government belong to the states. It doesn't get any clearer. There's nothing in the constitution that allows the federal government to force people to buy health insurance under penalty of federal law. You would need a constitutional amendment to enforce that.
    -No, obviously not. No candidate in his right mind would endorse repealing social security.
    -No, but Obama's allowing congress to shape a far more liberal agenda than he originally campaigned on.
    -Gold standard?? Not even Ron Paul is proposing this. The most fiscally conservative are only pushing for a balanced budget admendment and a flat tax, both ideas that have at least some merit.

    January 26, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Michael from Ventura

    Excellent. These nimrods who spout their insanity need to be called out-should have been doing it all along. Maybe the Democratic party (my party) has found some of their own testosterone! HOPE SO.

    January 26, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Pat

    In other words:

    Is it the responsibility of Congress to provide health care insurance to every American?
    Do you think the government taking your money and giving it to another person by the threat if force is stealing?
    Do you consider bank bailouts and redistribution of tax dollars to party constituants to be socialism or fascism?
    Did Barack Obama come through on his promises?
    Would you rather have a piece of paper in your pocket or a gold coin?

    January 26, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. j

    Not just define their opponents but define themselves as the voices for positive change.

    January 26, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. realist

    Getting far-right politicians on the record about how extreme their views are, so voters can make informed decisions.

    What a concept!!

    January 26, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Big Ed

    The republicans havew been BEGGING for a fight. They have thrown down the gauntlet several times. Give them what they want! It's time to make them put up or shut up.

    January 26, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. rod

    There they go again.....instead of addressing the real issues...they continue to play their little political 'gotcha' games....won't work anymore. The American people have woken up, both Dems and Repubs, liberals and conservatives.

    January 26, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. radrob

    If this the ammuntion that the DemocRATS are going to use in trying to keep seats, God or whatever divine power help them. Obama is a citizen. 10th ammendement may bar congress from health regulations lets challenge it. Social security and medicare while good in initial intentions have taken over economy and are a sick joke for people paying into the system. They want to raise the age for benefits which means they are hoping you will die before you can collect them. Doesn´t that sound like a democRATic comment. Obama is a socialist and I am sure you will bet my last dollar on it. We are off the gold standard and probably have to remain there since we have borrowed money that later generations will have to pay off.

    January 26, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. james Miller

    Lots of luck !!!! Demos need to get on the attack early if they expect to win..---- Forget playing nicey-nicey

    January 26, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. silver v

    About time! I;m tired of reading the news about how angery the RNC is.

    January 26, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. swin5

    - Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S.citizen?
    - Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?
    - Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism, and should never have been created in the first place?
    - Do you think President Obama is a socialist?
    - Do you think America should return to a gold standard?

    Answers:
    1. No 2. No – federal government has the right to regulate interstate commerce and insurance is interstate. 3. Yes – FDR had to go through his threatened packing of the Supreme Court to get Social Security passed – look it up. 4. Communist is more like it 5. Yes – what do you think has caused a $13 trillion national debt?

    January 26, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Larry S

    And this is the best the group can identify . . . no wonder the demos are in a spiraling downspin.

    January 26, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Ron in California

    Are they kidding...these questions are juvenile.
    Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S.citizen? That horse left the barn...even a dim wit knows that agrument is dead.
    - Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?. Great for the debate
    - Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism, and should never have been created in the first place? . Even the dumbest Republican knows not to go there.
    - Do you think President Obama is a socialist? Ask a Blue dog
    - Do you think America should return to a gold standard? There isn't enough gold in the Universe to support a gold standard.

    January 26, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Dave

    Good luck.LOL

    As long as you have a (D) next to your name you are in big, BIG TROUBLE in 2010. After witnessing all the backroom secret negotiations, 2000+page bills that no one reads, vote buying, secret deals with special interests (big pharma & unions) and watching even the most conservative democrats get in line to vote with Pelosi and Reid, the dems are toast come november.

    January 26, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. RM

    Go ahead Dems... Get tough! I'll be lloking forward to the bloodbath they will be taking in 2010. Conservatives get ready for a all out smear and lie campaign put on by your local liberal.

    January 26, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. Keith In Austism

    No – Yes – Yes – Yes and Yes

    Bring it on Libtards, Obozos, maoist-statist-progressive-fascist-nazi-communists

    (Now, back to my delicious bowl of fruit loops)

    January 26, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. REG in AZ

    Whether we like it or not, they all indulge in ‘puffing their wares’; they neglect to tell anything that isn’t complimentary, they exaggerate, they embellish and, ‘with tongue in check’ they make presentations with questionable facts. We are never going to see that change as they practically have to do it just to compete. However, when we are bombarded with gross dishonesty aimed to rationalize their actions, completely misrepresent their intentions and disguise their loyalty all for the purpose of manipulating public opinion as they go about satisfying their self-interests, it is far too much to ignore and to be blind to it is asking for real trouble. The Bush-Cheney administration constantly and arrogantly, with the stubborn full support of the Republican Party, used their offices and America’s resources in the pursuit of their private agenda to benefit the few as they gave the majority only apathy, the costs and an abundance of subterfuge; the results being that we are literally living with the substantial costs of that now. This last year the Republican Party has literally continued with an irresponsible, self-serving strategy, without hesitation or conscience, to fault and block/obstruct every effort, while hoping the public will blame Obama for not getting anything done. There are those Republicans who are totally obvious as they blatantly lie and talk of concern for the people while everything they do just caters to the cause of Special Interests and the few. People like Sarah Palin, Jon Kyl, John Boehner and Michael Steele are totally apparent as they can even be bazaar and obnoxious with their creative deceptive efforts. Those like John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and others, including several new faces, are more subtle but still completely consistent in presenting nothing positive or constructive, in being totally critical and in always offering camouflage to cover their loyalty to Special Interests and the select few. Then there are those who are totally obnoxious and arrogantly ridiculous being even more bazaar and gross in everything they say as they criticize the Democrats and tout extreme conservatism; like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Bill O’Rielly. This isn’t ‘rocket science’ and if they ‘quack like a duck and walk like a duck, then they are a duck’; in this case they are stubbornly unified in being grossly dishonest, totally self-indulgent, focused on being ‘puppets’ for Special Interests and a select few, who strongly support them, and are arrogant and aggressive in trying to manipulate public opinion to achieve their aims. It really is all about honesty and I’m afraid that if we fail to recognize and understand and then just accept the gross dishonesty that confronts us, then we are likely destined to once again be its victim!

    January 26, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. LouieD

    I'm really curious to see how the parrots around here who constantly gripe that CNN is 'liberally biased' spin the release of this memo, which essentially gives an edge to Republicans by projecting a huge chunk of Democratic campaign strategy

    January 26, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. tjaman

    Nice. About time we identified a few wedge issues on their side as well. Go Dems!

    January 26, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. chris l

    doesn't matter at all whaever strategy or scheme the anti American Terrorist Sympathizer Party comes up with. Its aleady over. They are all doomed come Nov. The funny thing is that some of then still don't see it. Hilarious

    January 26, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. Leslie

    I would love the Dems. to once and for all clear up these issues. They need to shut the "right" up and keep them from their lies! What happened to the idea of telling the truth? Why is the Fox News channel allowed to spread these lies? Unfortunately, there are people who believe these lies!

    January 26, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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