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Dem Pollster to Dems: “Adopt Tea Party platform or lose in November”

That’s essentially the message Democratic pollsters Pat Cauddell and Doug Schoen send the Democrats in their Washington Post piece today.  In fact that’s not “essentially the message”, it is the message.   They begin by pointing out that Congressional Democrats have been deaf, dumb and blind to what is important to the American people.  And, as they remind the Dems, it isn’t health care reform:

Recent polling shows that despite lofty predictions that a broad-based Democratic constituency would be activated by the bill’s passage, the bill has been an incontrovertible disaster. The most recent Rasmussen Reports poll, released on April 12, shows that 58 percent of the electorate supports a repeal of the health-care reform bill — up from 54 percent two weeks earlier. Fueling this backlash is concern that health-care reform will drive up health costs and expand the role of government, and the belief that passage was achieved by fundamentally anti-democratic means.

[...]

Put simply, there has been no bounce, for the president or his party, from passing health care.

Certainly no mincing of words there.   Cauddell and Schoen go on to point out the present position of Democrats is precarious at best:

Monday’s Gallup report showed the president’s weekly job approval rating at a low of 47 percent. And as the Democratic Party’s favorability has dropped to 41 percent — the lowest in Gallup’s 18-year history of measuring it — this week’s Rasmussen Reports survey shows the Republican Party with a nine-point lead in the generic congressional vote. Moreover, independents, who are more energized than Democrats, are leaning Republican by a 2-to-1 margin.

So there, in a nutshell, is the hole Democrats have managed to dig for themselves in one short year.  There are whispers going around of a 100 seat GOP turnover in the House being possible and Ron Paul – Ron Paul – is tied with Obama in another poll.  Interesting times but not particularly good ones for the donkophiles.

The key to electoral salvation?  Well it isn’t what you might expect, but it makes sense:

To turn a corner, Democrats need to start embracing an agenda that speaks to the broad concerns of the American electorate. It should be somewhat familiar: It is the agenda that is driving the Tea Party movement and one that has the capacity to motivate a broadly based segment of the electorate.

One small problem (and Cauddell and Schoen sort of acknowledge it) – the Democrats, to include many serving Congressional Representatives, have expended enormous time and energy in demonizing those who are in and identify with the Tea Parties.

Now certainly, what Cauddell and Schoen advise the Democrats to do isn’t unusual or bad advice.  Co-opting the ideas of others is how the two-party system has managed to maintain itself without a third party being able to establish itself.  But the Democrats have a very hard job ahead of them if they plan on suddenly playing nice-nice with the TP and adopting their agenda.  It will, at this point, be seen as political expediency deployed reluctantly to help Democrats hold of the GOP hordes taking over the House.

But the broader message Cauddell and Schoen put out there is absolutely true.  The way you win elections is to influence the “swing voters”, and to do that you have to tap into and support the issues that are important to them.  The way to defuse the TP is to adopt their agenda – and as Caudell and Schoen lay it out, they feel that’s something the Democrats can do if they’ll just back off resisting the TP and embrace the following:

The swing voters, who are key to the fate of the Democratic Party, care most about three things: reigniting the economy, reducing the deficit and creating jobs.

These voters are outraged by the seeming indifference of the Obama administration and congressional Democrats, who they believe wasted a year on health-care reform. These voters will not tolerate more diversion from their pressing economic concerns. They view the Obama administration as working systematically to protect the interests of public-sector employees and organized labor — by offering specific benefits such as pension protection and tax reductions at the expense of all taxpayers.

Democrats must understand that voters will not accept seeing their tax dollars used to pay for higher wages and better benefits for public-sector employees when they themselves are getting higher taxes and lower wages.

So – economy, deficit and jobs and back off the unions now, unions forever perception (i.e. tell organized labor to keep a low profile).

Yeah – not going to happen.  The Dems have absolutely no idea of how to stimulate economic growth or create jobs – at least none that fits their ideology.  Tax cuts, a settled business environment that isn’t concerned about the impact of pending legislation, etc.  In other words, lower the cost of doing business as much as possible from the end government controls.  Instead we see money pumped into extending unemployment benefits and thereby worsening the second important concern of the TP – deficit.  Democrats are now focused on regulating Wall Street which does not settle the business environment and or stimulate job growth.

And, of course, Obama in the White House and a Democratic Congress in session equals unionized labor’s promised day.  And their priority is “card check” – another priority which doesn’t address the big three TP concerns (and three concerns I think it is safe to say most Americans would put at the top of their list).

Cauddell and Schoen conclude:

Winning over swing voters will require a bold, new focus from the president and his party. They must adopt an agenda aimed at reducing the debt, with an emphasis on tax cuts, while implementing carefully crafted initiatives to stimulate and encourage job creation.

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Democrats can avoid the electoral bloodbath we predicted before passage of the health-care bill, but in one way: through a bold commitment to fiscal discipline and targeted fiscal stimulus of the private sector and entrepreneurship.

It was at this point I began to laugh.  Not at Cauddell and Schoen – they’re right.  But at the spectacle of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid pushing fiscal discipline, tax cuts and stimulating the private sector and entrepreneurship (while deserting unions and public-sector employees) is so outlandish that it provoked my involuntary outburst of laughter.

If what Cauddell and Schoen say is correct (and I think it is), Democrats are screwed in November.

~McQ


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58 Responses to Dem Pollster to Dems: “Adopt Tea Party platform or lose in November”

  • I’m sure this will get out the senior vote …

    You don’t think Democrats in Congress would knock over their own cancer-stricken mothers to squeeze out a few extra dollars for earmarks? Oh, you’re so wrong.
    Currently, people with massive medical expenses — more than 7.5 percent of their income — can deduct them on their taxes. Under Obamacare, the threshold goes up to 10 percent in 2013 for younger taxpayers and in 2017 for older ones.
    According to the Hill, this unnoticed tax hike will squeeze $15.2 billion out of 15 million very sick people, 99 percent of whom make less than $200,000 per year.

  • Nothing is going to work for the Democrats in the swing districts and the purge will eat down into some of the less safe “safe districts.” There’s a possibility of genuine political upheaval.

    But let’s not get too enthusiastic about the Republicans. I’ll take them as a way to stop this freight train, which will have done horrible damage by November. But I’m not really interested in their usual s**t, either.

    They need to leverage this country out of the entitlement track. The easy part of that, relatively speaking, will be the repeal of Obamadeathcare. That cancer hasn’t tightened its grip yet. But they have to get the Social Security and Medicare things out the door — by which I don’t mean cutting seniors and the baby boomers (hate that term) off of life support, but by making this the last or next to last generation tied to the railroad tracks of those bankrupt things.

    I don’t trust Republicans to have the brains or the guts to be able to do any of that. I think that they can turn on a dime and pledge themselves to social democracy for the ages. They are liars and fakes, they’re just not openly hostile to, and dedicated to plundering, the United States, the way the Left vanguard that controls the Democratic Party is.

    • The real political upheaval will come if the GOP fails to take care of business, because they’ll be voted out also and then you’ll see some real change elected to congress

      • My idea of real change is when the Tea Party movement evolves into a Continental Congress, which writes a Declaration of Independence (there’s aperfectly good template out there for them to work from) and…well…let’s get the party started.

        • I sometimes wonder what would happen if we had a Philadelphia Convention v2.0.  As you point out, we’ve got a pretty good template to work from.  Indeed, I would say that the Constitution provides about as close to a perfect framework for a national government as man is capable of devising.  The problem is what we’ve done with it, and that’s why the idea of a second Constitutional Convention is pretty frightening.  Let’s face it: there is a significant fraction of the country – even a solid majority – that wants and expects the federal government to be Mommy to some degree.  What most people are arguing about these days is how we’re going to pay for it in terms of both liberty and treasure.  I think that the idea that the center of power in the country for most issues is the capital of one’s state is not only alien to most people, but incomprehensible.

          So, I can see Constitution v2.0 looking something like what the Europeans would devise: about a thousand pages long, damned short on anything that even hints of local (let along personal) responsibility and authority (you can bet that there wouldn’t be anything like the IX and X Amendments), and chock-a-block with “rights” that the government would be MANDATED to provide.  Article MXLVII – The right of every American to adequate veterinary care shall be guaranteed.

          This, incidentally, is another problem: Americans don’t understand the concept of rights any more.  Too many people seem to think that a “right” is something somebody else (i.e. the government) must somehow provide.  Right to medical care, right to a job, right to a certain wage, right to a house, etc, etc.  Our national ethic has morphed from the “leave people the f*ck alone” of 1787 to the “gimme-gimme-gimme” of 2010.

          We’re about to learn a VERY hard lesson in how destructive the latter ideal is.  I hope we survive it.

          • The Continental Congress came well before the Constitutional Convention. The former comes before Independence and then writes the Declaration in 1776. The latter comes after the war is won and while the states are united under the Articles of Confederation in 1787.

            The mess we are in is so formidable that this country will probably have to go briefly into a state of nature and re-emerge looking more like the original, if it goes down a revolutionary path. The Tea Partiers are naive, largely in a good way, but the gigantism of  both the federal and state governments are knots that do not look amenable to being simply untied. They might have to be cut. Our own American revolutionary era is the only good model we have for that, which follows directly on the Tea Party theme. But going forward things would by necessity be much more serious than they are now. “Our lives, our fortunes, our sacred honor.” We have been seduced by prosperity, debauched by governments, weakened by comfort. We have sold ourselves down our own river. The politicians are unlikely to do anything to correct that. It has to come from the principle of liberty re-engaging, re-initializing, a free society. Obamadeathcare is the disease that has sent a movement flying back against the theft of our history, our identity, and our postertiy as a free and great society.

        • I’d settle for them getting the “contract from America” correct first

      • All the more reason to make it clear now what we expect of those who want to represent us, and what we’ll do to them if they don’t deliver.

        • What?  Vote in the other guys?

          There are only two parties, they have taken steps to entrench only those two parties and hamstring independents and newcomers.

      • It might be possible to forge a new party. My preferred way of doing this would be to make Democrats unelectable, and create a new party to compete with the GOP.

        The countdown to massive economic fail due to the entitlements is on. Bush actually tried to fix social security, but he actually managed to grow medicare. Obama just pushed through a massive expansion of entitlements, and a seriously flawed one at that.

        Any serious attempt at reforming the entitlements will have to wait until 2013 when Obama is no longer president. Although frankly the way things are going, I wouldn’t be surprised to see impeachment as early as 2011, followed by conviction.

        • Bush’s worst failing, I think, was his total failure of imagination in his attempt to tackle Social Security after he ran on changing it. He blew that big time. Nada.

          SS and Medicare have to be dealt with simultaneously. See a certain age demographic through to the end, with changes and opportunities for them to opt out, but mark a cutoff where for everyone younger goes to private and voluntary.

          • The Democrats have blown their image as protectors of seniors with ObamaCare.
            The only remaining question is whether the Republicans can pick up that mantle or blow it when Northeast RINOs get squeamish.

  • In short, Cauddell and Schoen are recommending that Imeme and the dems do what Slick Willie did after the donks got shellacked in the ’94 mid-terms: head to the center.  Slick Willie was an astute enough politician (i.e. one VERY concerned about keeping his job!) to realize that the country wasn’t ready to buy everything he was selling, so he decided to change what he was selling.  Imeme, SanFran Nan, Dingy Harry… I don’t think they’ve got the collective brains to change a thing about what they’re doing.  Even if they had, as McQ points out, they’ve gone so far in demonizing the Tea Parties, the GOP*, and anybody who opposes them that they can’t back down (and Imeme has a reflexive need for an enemy to attack as an excuse to do what he wants).  Further, I think that they are really true believers: they honestly, earnestly believe that what they want to do is the best thing, and they aren’t going to be dissuaded by the opinions – no matter how earnestly or widely or loudly stated – of a bunch of ignorant hoi-poloi who’ve been duped by Fox News and talk radio.

    I’ve seen Cauddell several times on Fox News and hear him on Hannity’s radio program.  Despite his frankly wildman appearance, he comes across as a reasonable man who is also passionately devoted to that loathesome political gang that he’s served for so long.  He wants the dems to succeed… by being good stewards of the country.  I get the feeling that he’s appalled by the brazenly leftist direction that Imeme and the rest of the senior dems have taken their party.  Hence, he’s not just warning them that what they’re doing is bad for their mid-term election chances, not just bad for their long-term election chances, but bad for the country.

    —-

    (*) These two groups are NOT the same.

    • Slick Willie had a solid Republican Congress when he moved to center. And Obama appears to be a full bore leftist who will continue along the same path no matter what.

      I don’t see flipping at this point helping the Dems much. Not in time for November, anyway.

    • Imeme, SanFran Nan, Dingy Harry… I don’t think they’ve got the collective brains to change a thing about what they’re doing.

      They don’t see anything wrong with what they are doing.   Everybody else is wrong.
      To see Obama laughing at the Tea Partiers just shows their detachment from reality.

  • I like how your headline doesn’t really indicate what’s in the body of the post — you do that frequently.  There is no call to adopt the ‘tea party platform.’  Two things: 1) don’t be surprised if deficit reduction is a top priority for Obama this summer — remember, the formula is stimulate the economy, and then fix the budget; and 2) Obama and the Democrats (or any party governing) should not be driven by opinion polls.   Our country is set up that only the polls on election day matter.  If elected, govern according to  what you think best for the country, and then let voters decide.    Poll-driven politicians are the problem, we have a representative democracy because direct democracy is not trusted.    And the public is fickle — if politicians follow the polls, they’ll accomplish little and they won’t stay true to their principles.

    • Obama can’t and won’t do anything to fix the economy. In fact, everything he’s done is pushing the wrong way with respect to both.

      • Obama does deficit reduction the same way a shopper saves money.  It always costs more to save money.

        • He spent money to stimulate the economy, and most economists are saying that it’s been effective — if we hadn’t spent that money, we’d be in far worse shape.  The key is that once the economy is moving upward on its own to then fix the budget.

          • And most consumers say it was dog shit.  Who’s spending more, economists, or consumers?

          • The idea that Obama helped the economy “not get worse” is false. His delayed spending was not on shovel ready projects, most of it will probably kick in later in the year, since it is timed for political, not economic reasons.

            But the reality is that such spending is a crap idea in the first place. And Obama’s spending was really just a grab bag of projects that was leftist/Democrat pork.

            On top of that, the continuing uncertainty Obama has pushed has kept the economy down. Obamacare, cap and trade, card check . . . what moron is going to invest until these things are all sorted out?

            Obama inherited a bad situation he helped create, then he set about making it worse.

          • What did Obama say the unemployment rate would be if his stimulus was not passed?

            What did Obama say the unemployment rate would be kept under if his stimulus was passed?

            Since the passage of the stimulus how high did the unemployment rate grow and what is it currently?

          • Maybe the academic ones you listen to.
            The working economists, and economic historians say it’s a bust, will damage the economy long-term (it has to be paid back SOME DAY) and will lead to massive inflation.
            But then Scott and his post-modern, pre-conceptual ilk can never thing beyond Stage One.

      • Time will tell.   Given the shape it was in back in January ’09, a lot of damage was done before he got there.   A lot of damage!

        • Obama was one of the ones doing damage. Back around ’96 he was suing Citibank for ACORN because Citibank wasn’t providing enough bad loans.

          And Obama is still pushing the same stupid policies that caused the crisis. Except that at this point, housing sales are still dropping.

          • So, a Chicago lawsuit caused the global meltdown, and Bush and Wall Street were just innocent bystanders?  Wow.
            Housing starts were up, by the way, as were new permits.   If the economy does start producing jobs, you’ll look very foolish, and your credibility will be shattered.  Don’t think the Democrats won’t use that to their advantage.

        • The deeper recession of 1920 was over in less than a year. The recovery led to what we affectionately call the “Roaring 20′s”.
          What happened? Coolidge got government the hell out of the way and let the “water find it’s own level”.

    • Erb: “don’t be surprised if deficit reduction is a top priority for Obama this summer — remember, the formula is stimulate the economy, and then fix the budget”

      One of the funniest things about you, Scott, is how you never really pay attention. The “stimulus” never stimulated anything. There were no “shovel ready” jobs, and you hear no more talk about that absurd claim used to get the thing passed. It was a monstrous political payoff, and nothing more. Other than a ghastly fiscal burden that slowed recovery and delayed re-employment.

      Obama can say anything he wants. He always does. He’s a chatty cathy like you. He never shuts up. At some point he’ll be about the only person who listens to him.

      • “I like how your headline doesn’t really indicate what’s in the body of the post — you do that frequently.  There is no call to adopt the ‘tea party platform.”  (I would suggest that the AP and the NYT both frequently participate in this behavior, but that would be the “everybody does it” defense which you are so very fond of)

        Title of post -
        Dem Pollster to Dems: “Adopt Tea Party platform or lose in November”

        MQ quote from the article – “To turn a corner, Democrats need to start embracing an agenda that speaks to the broad concerns of the American electorate. It should be somewhat familiar: It is the agenda that is driving the Tea Party movement and one that has the capacity to motivate a broadly based segment of the electorate.”

        Bozo.  Lazy liberal bozo.
         

      • “There were no “shovel ready” jobs,”

        Sure there were; snow jobs and manure shoveling jobs.

    • don’t be surprised if deficit reduction is a top priority for Obama this summer
      Yeah, Obama will be flailing his arms like a bird.  Remember that great pivot to jobs back in December.
      I keep hearing this over and over again, from different sources, but, like Communism, it’s always over the horizon.

      • This was Erb’s prediction last summer too    “don’t be surprised” – heh.  Proving more bozo-ness.   The Democrats have just shucked even WORKING on the yearly budget, but Obama is going to reduce the deficit.    okee-fine.

        Oh, wait, that’s the newly adopted nuclear umbrella plan – terrorists will wax a couple of major metro areas, achieving a 40%- 50% kill rate.  This will significantly reduce the costs of providing services to all the dead (once we’ve buried them) in Social Security, Medicare and so forth, and will provide ‘shovel ready’ (gallows humor) government jobs to the survivors, AND since we’ll have dropped a couple million souls into the cosmic well, we’ll have justification for making the illegals (who survive) citizens to compensate for the loss.

         

    • Obama and the Democrats (or any party governing) should not be driven by opinion polls

      >>>> Except when you come here touting polls that show the result you support. Which you do – frequently.

      You can’t make this stuff up.

  • No need for a new party. What is needed is a outside pressure to make the party conform to its principles and hold that way.  A “neutral’ Tea Party is the best bet. 3rd party could mean big gov Dems win with a split vote – the worst result possible. The Tea Party should also endorse/help  fiscal conservative dems too…keep focused like a laser beam.

    • I agree.   The Teat Party Movement would be best served if it operated like “Emily’s List” on steroids.
      Don’t just supply money to candidates, but back it up with lots of votes.

    • … and do it at every level, from the primaries to the general election.

  • “targeted fiscal stimulus of the private sector and entrepreneurship.”

    But they are already doing that; it’s called ‘earmarks’. 

    *********************
    “I like how your headline doesn’t really indicate what’s in the body of the post”

    That shouldn’t matter to you since your comments frequently have nothing to do with either the headline or the body.

    Or reality either, come to think about it. 

    • “Or reality either, come to think about it. ”
      LOL…eyes rolling

    • CBS has tea party support at 18%.   They are the equivalent on the right to ANSWER and the ardent early anti-war movement on the left.   To treat them as mainstream or anything but a fringe movement is to be out of touch with reality.  But they and the media around them (especially political entertainment like Glenn Beck) are subjects of my research, so I’m finding the whole thing fascinating.

      • They are nothing like ANSWER, imbecile. These are ordinary Americans who have the attention of everyone for that very reason.

        ANSWER began as a front for a Stalinist political party with direct ties to North Korea and had as its clientele demented radical students and disaffected blabbering academics like you and Ward Churchill.

        • YOU are a lot like Churchill and the radicals.  You just are a true believer on the other side of the ideological spectrum.   You have more in common with them, because you have ideologically driven understandings of reality.   I sincerely pity you.

          • I take the compliment, coming from the lemonade-stand Ward Churchill.

            You don’t need a refresher course on yourself, Scott. As dim as that bulb is, you know what you are.

          • Hey, SB, that condescending crap might work in your classes but most of us are old enough to have been around to slap the bejezus out of you when your daddy should have been doing it.

          • No, YOU are a lot …..

            Your turn.

      • Hey, says Tea Party supporters are, on average, better educated than the average American Scott…they have degrees!  Just like YOU!   Clearly their education must be crap though, they’re coming to the wrong conclusions.

        ANSWER – are you telling us if we called 1500 random people throughout the United States, 18% of them would even KNOW what ANSWER stood for, and would identify themselves as ANSWER supporters?

        And by way of a side comment, you KNOW that we’re ALL pro-war here, right?  I mean, I give those anti-war people a lot of credit for being brave and all and telling people they’re against war.  They’re probably against hunger, and poverty and injustice  too.    And it just takes a lot of guts to stand up and be counted as being against all those things.  Wow, yeah.
         

        • “We are the Folk Song Army.
          Everyone of us cares.
          We all hate poverty, war, and injustice,
          Unlike the rest of you squares.
          ….”

          The Folk Song Army
          by Tom Lehrer

      • CBS has tea party support at 18%. That’s the lowest number I can find, and I had to go to one of my reliable left-leaning media organizations to get it, but still.

        The tea parties are the equivalent on the right to ANSWER and the ardent early anti-war movement on the left. Yessir, they’re freaks, totally fixated on Sarah Palin’s full lips and ample bosom. To treat them as mainstream or anything but a fringe movement is to be out of touch with reality. Thank goodness we here in the faculty lounge are completely in touch with reality and able to tell the rest of you rubes to ignore the evidence of your lying eyes and listen to us. The tea parties don’t mean anything of consequence. I decree it.

        But they and the media around them (especially political entertainment like Glenn Beck) are subjects of my research, so I’m finding the whole thing fascinating. Yes, they’re more examples of the exotic, primitive aborigines that populate the right. They’re certainly great research fodder for wise leftist academics like me. I’ll probably get another book out of researching them. Along with you dense righties around here of course. Which is why I come here. Research. Yeah, that’s the ticket. I certainly don’t come here to have someone to talk down to because I desperately need that to boost my own self-esteem. Nope, I certainly don’t. Don’t, don’t, don’t. So stop saying that. Instead, just look forward to my book on all of this, which certainly won’t be coming from a vanity press that suckers social science academics.

        And don’t start up with how I didn’t finish my last book “Why is War Easy? Because Dense Righties Like It.” I know I was touting that one last year, but I’ve moved on past Iraq. It was still our biggest foreign policy disaster ever, but Obama with his Christlike visage has pulled our chestnuts out of the fire on Iraq, so I decided not to do a book about it. And dropping that book had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that my constant predictions of increasing violence in Iraq after the surge ended proved false. Because they didn’t. I’m always right. And deep down, you dense righties know it. Even though you call me names, you’re really describing what you do yourself. Because I’m rubber and you’re glue, so what you say bounces off me and sticks on you. I decree it.

  • First:
    Obama and the Democrats (or any party governing) should not be driven by opinion polls

    Then later:
    CBS has tea party support at 18%.

    Yup. You can’t make this stuff up at all.

    • “Yup. You can’t make this stuff up at all.”

      Amazing, isn’t it?
      It looks like we have reached a level of civilization where natural selection no longer works. Mankind can no longer evolve intellectually and is in obvious danger of regressing.
       “The Marching Morons” is no longer fiction. We are passing laws to potect the morons from themselves, and have even designed an ‘educational system’ to give them the illusion of being normal. That is why we have so many students studying in rigorous areas like Gender Studies, American Studies, Political Science, etc. 

  • The Dems are in for a trouncing, but, they still have a lot of reserves of political power, payoffs, patrongage, and union thuggery.  So don’t be surprised if they hang on to the congress, at least one chamber.

    But by 2012, people will be sick to death of them. That is because I predict a weak recovery this year, then a harsh downturn next year followed by rising inflation.  The inflation will come, even while in a recession, because we will no longer be able to borrow enough money at reasonable interest rates to maintain this huge debt.

    Normally you cannot have inflation and a deflationary economy at the same time. but the 1970′s proved it was possible.

  • So, I looked in today, hoping to take my usual shot at Professor Erb.  Let’s see, what will it be today:
     He’s spouting pure Liberal Narrative.
     He’s just wrong.
     He’s assuming that faculty lounge framing is how everyone sees a particular issue.
     He is disgusting.
     Whatever.
    So, I was surprised at what I found.  First let us list the cliches in his comments:
    1. “… any party governing) should not be driven by opinion polls.”
    2. “Our country is set up that only the polls on election day matter.”
    3. “If elected, govern according to  what you think best for the country, and then let voters decide. “
    4. “Poll-driven politicians are the problem…”
    5. “… we have a representative democracy because direct democracy is not trusted. “
    6. “ …the public is fickle …”
    7. “… if politicians follow the polls, they’ll accomplish little.”
    8. “…once the economy is moving upward on its own … fix the budget.”
    9. “Time will tell.”  [I'm not kidding;  look it up]

    Then there was the pure LN:
    1.  “He spent money to stimulate the economy, and most economists are saying that it’s been effective — if we hadn’t spent that money, we’d be in far worse shape.”
    2.  “ …a lot of damage was done before he got there.”
    3.  “To treat them [Tea Partiers] as mainstream or anything but a fringe movement is to be out of touch with reality. “
    So, all in all, there was literally nothing worthy to comment on.  Perhaps Professor Erb has programmed a Comment Bot to make his comments?  Has he been one all along and today’s comments are just a glitch in the program?  Bad night with the faculty and single malt scotch fried the old brain this morning?
    Anyway, one sentence stands out:  “ …they and the media around them (especially political entertainment like Glenn Beck) are subjects of my research”…
    Provided that research is not limited to the LN, we (and Professor Erb) are in for some interesting new discoveries.  ‘Bout time, it seems.

    • How can you spend so much time watching Erb flounder through the day.  The only thing that I can think of that would be equivilent of doing that would be to go to the zoo and watch the chimps fling poo at each other.  At least that would have some educational value!

      • At least chimp poo washes off. The intellectual poo that Erb flings about can cause serious damage to your mind and use up valuable memory space.

    • “First let us list the cliches in his comments”

      Hey! Those are profoundly Deep Thoughts, the product of years of study and keen analysis of facts and stuff. Show a little respect.

      • When anyone asks “how does Erb do it?” Meaning how does he simply go on and on, seemingly forever, there’s the answer: He says nothing. It’s player piano blabber, over and over again. But watch him closely: He’s the Left.

  • “When anyone asks “how does Erb do it?”

    I know part of the reason. He obviously spends a lot of time studying the wisdom of Jack Handey, at www.deepthoughtsbyjackhandey.com/.

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