Posts Tagged ‘division’
The Republican Party has seemingly decided to kick some of the more decisive issues into high gear – specifically abortion – in an effort to return to the divisive policies of the 2000 and 2004 elections. Much like those election years, Republicans are trying to duck and cover when important issues are raised. In this election cycle the issues Republicans are trying to bury include: energy, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the economy.
The question is, will Americans fall for the same divisive policies all over again?
Obama and the Democrats will have to fight hard to stop the Karl Rove tactics. But unlike the 2000 and 2004 elections, Americans are very angry with the Republican party and Bush/Cheney specifically. This will help Democrats greatly in the end.
My advice to Obama? Fight hard to dispel Republican propaganda, both about the issues and about the candidates themselves. There are too many important issues that hang in the balance: the fiscal well being of our country, health care, and energy independence are just a few.
In discussing the future, President John F. Kennedy once said:
We have come too far, we have gained too much, to disdain the future now.
In this election year, one could easily say we have fallen behind, we have lost too much, to vote for John McCain. Another 4 years of Bush policies with a McCain/Palin team, is just too costly for our country and the world.
Despite the conservative media’s attempts to paint the relationship between the Obama camp and the Clinton camp as contentious, the Clintons have delivered both since the primary season ended and at the Democratic Convention. Interestingly, the media would have us believe that Senator Clinton’s speech was a snub to the Obama camp and that she didn’t really grovel quite enough for the Obama faithful.
This is, of course, hogwash.
Senator Clinton and President Clinton both delivered highly complimentary speeches that aimed at the very heart of Democratic concerns: unity.
Neither dissed Obama nor did Obama snub Clinton as several media personalities on MSNBC, CBS, FOX, and other networks tried to assert.
Even more importantly, the Clintons have worked very hard to support the Obama camp and promise to deliver more of the same throughout the election cycle.
Given the strength of the Obama campaign and Clinton campaign machines, this has to scare the bejesus out of the Republicans.
Naturally, their response is to divide the Democrats by any means necessary.
Sorry guys, that won’t work this time. Voters are way too angry to let the Republican scare tactics and divisive policies fool them this time.
It’s going to be an interesting election season.
SIDEBAR: Eric Boehlert wrote an excellent article on the press and their potential reaction to Clinton’s speech. It’s worth a read.