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Democrats Afraid of the D-Word

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Posted on Sep 12, 2010
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Judging by their television commercials, the Democrats aren’t too thrilled with their legislative accomplishments. A New York Times analysis of ads finds that Republican candidates bring up health care, for instance, more often than the opposition and some Democrats don’t even identify themselves by party.

New York Times:

A review of hundreds of advertisements broadcast over the last six weeks found that Republicans were more than twice as likely to talk about jobs, often criticizing Democrats as not creating them. Republicans also mentioned health care far more than Democrats did. And when Democrats do bring up the issue, 38 percent of the commercials are critical of the new law.

“I’ve said no to more government spending, no to President Obama’s big health care plan and no to Wall Street bailouts,” Representative Walt Minnick, Democrat of Idaho, said in a solemn voice, sitting on the front steps of a house in jeans and shirtsleeves, looking as if he is worlds away from Washington.

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By Queenie, September 13, 2010 at 7:51 pm Link to this comment

I am trying to figure out why the dims would be afraid to use the word donkey.

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By Wikileaks for Nobel, September 13, 2010 at 6:50 am Link to this comment

Decade after decade, I’ve watched our political and economic system deteriorate.  Through it all, the so-called Democrats have NEVER offered an alternative to their evil twins.  Their only plaint is “They are worse.” 

That is the mantra of a political party bereft of principles, ideas, or values.  It is simply one house in the fraternity system trying to get more booze, broads, and brothers than its rival house.  The Dems stand for no more than that.

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By FiftyGigs, September 13, 2010 at 4:57 am Link to this comment

Good! More anti-Democratic propaganda. Just what the world needs right now.

“Republicans were more than twice as likely to talk about jobs…”

Yeah, cuz they’re so expert at creating them.

This article has the Koch Brothers hands all over it.

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By par4, September 13, 2010 at 4:51 am Link to this comment
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It has nothing to do with having a spine.The Democrats
represent the same Oligarchs as the Republicans they
are just trying to sell their brand to a different
audience.It works because 100 million Americans will
vote for one of these parties then wonder why there is
no change.

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By richard, September 12, 2010 at 9:56 pm Link to this comment
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A sad thing happens to Democrats when they get elected to office. They immediately contract a degenerative spinal disease which by the next election has completely eroded their backbone, leaving no trace.
They then become creatures of the polls, blown this way and that, mostly that, by the whims of the electorate as translated through various polling agencies. Trying to determine which way the wind is blowing, and then very publically heading in that direction, is called “leadership”.
Republicans seem to be affected almost exactly the opposite. They tend to grow very large testicles when elected, though retain their very small brains. Leadership for them is determining where the nearest cliff is, then browbeating everyone into jumping off of it.

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