Back in January, David Plouffe was brought back to the White House to set a “winning” strategy for Democrats for the midterm elections. Plouffe, the chief strategist of Barack Obama’s 2008 winning campaign, was called upon to see if he could re-create a winning strategy this time around. He’s had nearly a year to turn the Democrats’ fortunes around. How’s that working out?
Here is a transcription of a monologue I did on my national radio show two weeks ago. As we head into election day, it’s critical reading—-and good fun! Enjoy.
“We’re so close to the election we can taste it. We’re so “hepped” up to vote that we are already lining up outside the polling places. Aren’t we? Since we’re so close, I thought it would be a useful exercise to take a stroll down memory lane. I saved a couple of articles, written by top Democrats. They’re articles they don’t want you to see or hear or remember, because they wrote them months ago. But guess what? I’ve got ‘em, because I kept them, and right now, we’re going to splash them all over the national airwaves. These top Democrats wish they could eat their words right now, but we’re gonna push them right back in their faces, just as they forced ObamaCare and so much more into our faces. We’re gonna make them eat their words.
Let’s begin with a fascinating look at political delusion. David Plouffe was a central guy in “The Bama’s” 2008 campaign; he was right there with David Axelrod. He was one of the top guys in terms of messaging, getting the kids out to vote and all of that. He spearheaded the Facebook and the Twitter approaches to the campaign. He was right there getting everybody mobilized and out. Well, David Plouffe has now been brought back. He was brought back, I guess, at the beginning of the year into the White House to try to minimize Democratic loses in November by trying to recapture that magic of the 2008 campaign. Well, as we all know now, the magic was never real. It was a “magic mushrooms” moment for a lot of people, and now it’s long gone. The trip, so to speak, is over, and the hangover is here. David Plouffe was brought back to give you more magic mushrooms.
In January, he wrote a piece in the Washington Post that was stunning in its arrogance and its delusion. It was called, “November Doesn’t Need to be a Nightmare for Democrats.” And here’s what Plouffe wrote-I’m sure he would like to remove this from the Internet, Lexus, Nexus, and Google, but I printed it out back in January, kind of forgot about it, and then found it this week and I’m gonna bring it to you now. Here’s what Obama’s top campaign guy wrote back in January: “There are a few things that democrats can do to strengthen our hand for 2010,” he wrote. Number one: pass some meaningful health insurance reform package without delay. Americans health,” he wrote, “and our nation’s long-term fiscal health depend on it. I know that the short-term politics are bad. It’s a good plan that’s become a demonized caricature. Politically speaking,” he said, “if we do not pass it, the GOP will continue attacking the plan as if we did anyway and voters will have no ability to measure its upside.” He continues, “We own the bill and the health care votes. We need to get some of the upside. P.S.,” he adds, hopefully, “Health care is a jobs creator.” Ha! All right, so his number one point in January is gosh, golly, you really gotta pass ObamaCare because it’s so gonna help us.
David Plouffe’s number two point, January, in the Washington Post: “We need to show that we not just are focused on jobs, but also create them. There are some terrific ideas that we can implement,” he said, “from tax cuts for small businesses to more incentives for green jobs, but full recovery will happen only when the private sector begins hiring in earnest.” Well that’s true, but this administration has spent all of its time trying to kill and suffocate the private sector. In fact, just this week we heard that the private sector shed nearly 40,000 jobs just last month and the unemployment rate is going up, not down. Plouffe continues in January: “That’s why Democrats must create a strong foundation for long-term growth by addressing health care, energy, and education. Voters are always smarter than they are given credit for.” Well, if that’s true, Mr. Plouffe, then why do you take us for dopes?
He continues, point number three for the Democrats: “Make sure voters understand what the stimulus did for the economy.” Uh, I can’t really add commentary to that because it’s so absurd. They told us the stimulus was going to keep unemployment to eight percent. Well it sailed over ten percent and has basically stayed there for about a year and a half, this all after they passed the stimulus. He continues: “Democrats broke the back of the recession with not a single Republican vote in the House. In the long run, this will haunt Republicans, especially since they made the mess.”
So back in January, they thought it would be a swell idea to go after the republicans for not backing the stimulus. Well, here we are a year and a half later. We’ve lost over three million jobs since that stimulus was signed into law. All of that money, nearly a trillion of it, almost all of it spent for nothing, flushed down the loo. And then they go on to say that this is going to “haunt the Republicans.” Really? Actually, hmm, we’re headed to a pretty historic win. I don’t think that’s called “haunting the Republicans.” I think that’s called wind at the Republicans backs.
Next point, Plouffe in January, Washington Post, advice for the Democrats: “Don’t accept any lectures on spending. The GOP took us from a $236 billion surplus, when President Bush took office, to a $1.3 trillion deficit with unpaid-for tax cuts for the wealthy, two wars, and the Medicare Prescription Drug Program.” Let’s just take that apart for a second. First of all, he is absolutely incorrect about the $1.3 trillion deficit. That is incorrect. Bush left Obama with a $450 billion deficit, which is bad enough, but what they are adding in here to get over the trillion mark was TARP, which Obama wanted and voted for and supported! Also, the tax cuts for the wealthy, well, you know what? The Bush tax cuts across the board gave us 53 consecutive months of job creation and economic growth. He also talks about the two wars under President Bush. Well, last time I checked, President Obama was sort of wrapping one and upping the other one in Afghanistan.
I think Plouffe wishes that his Washington Post piece would go away, because, in retrospect, from where we sit today, it looks pretty stupid. This is not a dumb guy, but all the arguments that they put out there in January have blown up in their faces. I mentioned his point about plastering the Republicans on their spending, and he makes the point about how the Republicans blew up the deficit and the debt with Medicate prescription drug program, which President Bush signed into law. That was their beloved Ted Kennedy initiative, that Medicare Prescription Drug Program. All of the Democrats wanted that. So here they are trying to blame the GOP for that when it was THEIR deal. Yeah, Bush signed it into law, but that was a Democrat thing.
He goes on to say, “We must make the Republicans own their record of disastrous economic policies, exploding deficits and a failure to even attempt to solve our health care and energy challenges.” So THEIR solutions have been government takeovers of those things, exploding the deficit in a quadruple way from the Republicans and inflicting on us even more disastrous economic policies. Plouffe concludes this way: “Change is not just about policies. We have to make sure that the freshman and sophomore members of the House, who won, in part, on transparency and reform issues, can show that they are delivering.” Oh really? Oh, we’re just rejecting what they’ve delivered. Finally, Plouffe concludes, “Run great campaigns, Democrats.” That’s kind of hard when all of your candidates are fleeing from your president and their own agenda.
And he ends this way: Hey Democrats, “no bedwetting. Instead of fearing what may happen, let’s prove that we have more than just the brains to govern. We have the guts to govern.” Well, it’s how you’ve governed that’s been precisely the problem, David Plouffe.”
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