Allen B. West

Democrats’ 2014 campaign strategy revealed: sound conservative

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You know the song by The Who that goes, “We won’t be fooled again?” Voters may be humming it to themselves right now, but it’s not so easy in the mystical and deceitful world of politics in America — and I said politics not policy. It’s all about focus groups and polls that direct politicians on what to say in order to convince or cajole folks into electing them. Truth doesn’t figure into the calculation – that’s just too hard — plus it would put a lot of political and media consultants out of work.

So staring at an absolute debacle at the polls this fall, the Democrats are grasping at anything to help their failing cause of progressive socialism. Thanks to some analysis by Politico, we have some insight into their battle plan: sound like conservatives! What a clever disguise.

As Politico reports, “It’s one thing for Democrats running in red parts of the country to sound like Republicans on the campaign trail. It’s another when Democrats running in purple or even blue territory try to do so. Yet that’s what’s happening in race after race this season. Faced with a treacherous political environment, many Democrats are trotting out campaign ads that call for balanced budgets, tax cuts and other more traditionally GOP positions. Some of them are running in congressional districts that just two years ago broke sharply for President Barack Obama.”

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Maybe Democrats — let’s call them what they are, progressive socialists — are actually realizing it doesn’t work. It’s finally hitting home for Americans and no amount of spin will save these deceivers from a presumed fate — unless they can morph into something else. And they better, because according to recent polling, Barack Obama is very unpopular – along with his “policies.”

Hysteria about voter ID, income inequality, and the war on women ain’t making it this time. The only remaining course of action for progressive socialists is to become shape shifters!

Politico says, “whether the Democrats running … can survive what party strategists acknowledge is a deteriorating national political environment will largely hinge on how well they can appeal to more conservative voters. “It’s a different kind of electorate,” said Ben Tulchin, a San Francisco-based Democratic pollster. “If you’re running in a competitive district as a Democrat in a nonpresidential year, you want to strike a more moderate tone.”

Now that makes me laugh. The minimization of Blue Dog (moderate, conservative) Democrats has been clearly evident, just ask Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tx) who had the entire Congressional Hispanic Caucus dogpile him because of his criticism of Obama on illegal immigration — and siding with the GOP. You can ask Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga) if he’ll ever see a Committee leadership position — not as long as Pelosi the Liberal Progressive runs the House Democrat machine – after he led the way to eliminate the health insurance subsidy available to members of Congress

However, what I find disturbing — and Americans in general should find offensive — is that the Democrat party thinks you’re just stupid enough to fall for this charade. Here are some examples Politico highlights:

Colorado Democrat Andrew Romanoff, who’s running in a district that Obama won in 2012 and 2008, has started airing a commercial that strikes a tea party theme. It highlights his record as speaker of the state House of Representatives when, he says, he helped balance the state’s budget.

New Hampshire Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, whose district broke for Obama by a yawning 11-percentage-point margin in 2012, is running an ad that touts her support for small-business tax cuts while showing her touring a local microbrewery — of course the owners “didn’t build that.”

Former Iowa state Sen. Staci Appel, in a district Obama won by 4 percentage points two years ago, underscores her record of fighting overspending in state government, a populist theme often heard from tea party-aligned conservatives.

Democratic Rep. Ron Barber, in a swing southern Arizona district that is slightly more conservative than the others, uses his first TV spot to highlight his support for increasing border security funds. The ad — complete with the image of a border patrol car — doesn’t mention elements of immigration reform that are typically more popular among Democratic voters.

And what is the one thing that none of these campaign ads mentions? They don’t mention that each of these candidates are affiliated with the Democrat party. C’mon guys, it’s been an awful four years for Tennessee Volunteer football, but I ain’t about to start singing “Yay Alabama” and shouting “Roll Tide” (just so you know, I am attending the Tennessee-Alabama football game in Knoxville this year).

When things are going their way, Democrats are all up in your grill. Now they’re trying to run away from their own “brand.”

Politico says “Democrat Patrick Henry Hays, the North Little Rock mayor who’s running in an Arkansas district that Mitt Romney won in 2012, uses his first TV ad to discuss the need for a balanced budget, limited government regulations and less wasteful spending.” And any of you think if he wins he’s going to walk into Nancy Pelosi’s office and spew those principles?

This is beyond shameful. It’s cowardly. It shows these Democrats don’t believe in anything, stand for nothing, and are focused on one thing: themselves. For my fellow residents of Florida, I have just two words: Charlie Crist.

The point is, however, that they keep getting away with it. Unless we don’t let them this time…

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