Earlier today, I noted a CNN poll that has the GOP out front on the generic Congressional preference question by five points, 49%/44%. When Republicans are on the short end of such polls–as, for example, after the recent partial government slowdown–there is no shortage of advice from the media. Move to the center! Get rid of those “radicals!” Become Democrats! Note, however, the deafening silence when the Democrats are trailing in the same polls.
That doesn’t mean, of course, that the Dems aren’t paying attention. Within a few hours after the CNN poll came out, the Democrats’ “Rapid Response” team was emailing the party’s faithful, asking for money:
From: DCCC Rapid Response [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, December 26, 2013 2:02 PM
To: Hinderaker, John H.
Subject: some tough news:
We woke up to some tough news this morning:
Washington (CNN) — Democrats have lost their advantage and Republicans now have a slight edge in the battle for control of Congress, according to a new national poll.
John — The latest Republican assault on Obamacare has proven to be dangerously effective. If we don’t respond to Republican smears with the facts right now, the damage to the Affordable Care Act AND our chances in 2014 could be irreversible.
Note that there is never any acknowledgement that Obamacare’s unpopularity could be due to the law’s inherent defects or its inept implementation. No, the problem–as always, in Democrat World–is a “Republican assault” and “Republican smears.” The Democrats say they need to get “the facts” out, but what facts? The email, like virtually all such communications from the Democratic Party to its members, contains none.
That means we have got to fill this $685,000 hole in our Obamacare Rapid Response Fund by our big FEC fundraising deadline.
It’s always about money in Democrat World. Always.
Stand with President Obama: Chip in $3 or more to fight back against the coordinated Republican assault >>
This dip in the polls isn’t completely unexpected: right now, voters are getting bombarded with anti-Obamacare attacks from the likes of the Koch brothers. To put it simply, we’re getting outspent — BIG TIME.
In Democrat World, there are no millions of Americans who have lost their health insurance because of Obamacare, or millions more who have seen their premiums rise because they are forced to pay for coverage they don’t need, or who have been deprived of the doctors they prefer. In Democrat World, the only problem is “anti-Obamacare attacks” from “the likes of the Koch Brothers.” Yeah, the Koch Brothers–that’s the ticket! If only the Democrats weren’t “getting outspent–BIG TIME”–a lie, of course–everything would be fine. It is not going too far to say that this Democratic Party communication is insane.
Here’s the good news:
* Now that Republicans are trying to take coverage away from millions who’ve already signed up, we can finally fight this battle on the facts — not GOP horror stories.
Do you have any idea what this means? I don’t. Again we see the reference to the mysterious “facts” which are never set forth.
* A new poll of battleground races shows that voters support Democrats’ plans to implement the Affordable Care Act over Republicans’ repeal scheme by 5 points, 49%-44%.
* If we can close that fundraising gap and have a real debate on a level playing field, we will win.
As always, the mythic “fundraising gap” is the only thing standing between the Democrats and victory. The Democrats seem convinced that nothing matters except money. It’s almost as thought they were Marxists!
Are there really people dumb enough to buy this pitch? Experience tells us that there are. But how many times can the Dems can go back to the same well? And how many recipients of the Democrats’ Rapid Response email have themselves lost their health insurance coverage or been forced to pay higher premiums for less coverage? It would be interesting to monitor the Rapid Response team’s inbox to see how many profane responses they have gotten from former Democrats who have experienced first-hand the baleful consequences of Obamacare. However long it may be kept at bay, reality must, at some point, intrude.