Friday :: Apr 1, 2005

Democrats Go Into Vulnerable GOP Districts To Hammer Against Privatization


by Steve

I love it when a plan comes together. Democrats, as we suggested over four days back in January, (here, here, and here) are going after vulnerable Republicans in their own districts over Social Security.

House Democrats are holding town-hall meetings on Social Security in the districts of Republicans, including Jim Gerlach of Pennsylvania and Jon Porter of Nevada, who face potentially tight races next year. At least three events next week will focus on opposition to Bush's plan.

"I see a shift in the strategy," said Jennifer Duffy, an analyst at the non-partisan, Washington-based Cook Political Report. "Democrats are playing the president's game."

Democrats plan at least three town-hall sessions in districts represented by Republicans next week, beginning with one on April 3 in Republican Chris Chocola's district in South Bend, Indiana, that will feature Democrat Jan Schakowsky of Illinois.
Representative Sander Levin of Michigan, who is leading opposition in the House to Bush's plan, is holding an April 4 discussion in the Pennsylvania district represented by Gerlach, who won his last two races with 51 percent of the vote.
Representative Hilda Solis, a California Democrat, is holding a town-hall meeting April 4 in Republican Porter's district in Nevada. Porter has said he's open to private accounts, while opposing benefit cuts, according to Ryan Temme, a Porter spokesman.
"We hope by the time they come back from the congressional recess, they will make their intentions clear," said Brad Woodhouse, spokesman for Americans United to Protect Social Security, an umbrella group for private-account opponents that is organizing the events. It represents the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor organization, and other activist groups.
"The president hasn't sold this notion even within his own party," said Representative Earl Pomeroy, a North Dakota Democrat who held a town-hall meeting in Minnesota Republican Gil Gutknecht's district on March 24.

It’s gotten so bad for Bush that he has abandoned for now going after Democratic senators, and has resorted to going after his own senators to keep them with him.

As the Democrats turn up heat on Republicans, Bush has switched from pressuring Democrats up for re-election in Republican-leaning states, such as Senators Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Kent Conrad of North Dakota, to shoring up support among members of his own party and traditional allies from states such as Alabama, Iowa and Kentucky.
Bush began his drive with trips to states represented by Senate Democrats including Nelson, Conrad and Max Baucus of Montana, whom the White House considered open to private accounts. In a Feb. 3 speech in Great Falls, Montana, Bush warned lawmakers that "when the people really figure we got a problem, they're going to demand a solution."
A month later the president was targeting states such as Alabama, home to Senator Richard Shelby, a Republican who has said he isn't committed to any particular fix. "Woe be to the politician who doesn't come to the table and try to come up with a solution," Bush warned March 10 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Woe my ass, Skippy. Democrats in the House are coming after you and your supporters with your own tactics. Kudos to Sander Levin and Rahm Emmanuel, as well as Nancy Pelosi for taking the gloves off as we requested, and for going into red states and districts to pressure the GOP over Social Security. Perhaps we will also see similar actions from Senate Democrats as well.

But one thing is sure: deceitful comparisons to the Thrift Savings Plan won't save your bacon Skippy.

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