Given the pressure Republican candidates feel from the extreme right in their party, there is a critical — yet time-sensitive — opportunity for Democratic candidates,” the DSCC writes. “We have a finite window when Republicans candidates will feel susceptible to the extremists in their party. Given the urgent nature of this dynamic, we suggest an aggressive effort to get your opponents on the record.”
The memo urges Democratic candidates to force their opponents to answer a series of questions on health care, taxes and some of the favorite causes of the far right:
“Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen? Do you think the 10th Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum health care coverage standards? Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism and should never have been created in the first place? Do you think President Obama is a socialist? Do you think America should return to a gold standard?
If a Republican candidate says no to any of the questions, the memo says Democrats should “make their primary opponent or conservative activists know it. This will cause them to take heat from their primary opponents and could likely provoke a flip-flop, as it already has several times with Mark Kirk in Illinois.”
The first mistake that the Left is making is calling the tea party a far right fringe or extremist group of the Republican party. Tea partiers will argue that point with passion. Tea partiers do not affiliate with any one party. They are not a fringe of anything and calling them extremists will guarantee the political death of anyone who says it.
The next mistake is taking a page out of the Alinsky play book and using our book against us. Asking us to “live up to” a set of questions that they are framing is all about Alinsky’s tactics. That game can be played both ways and the same questions can be turned on the democrats to tag them as the marxists they are.
The last man standing is on the Right
We need to be vigilant. And prepare for what they plan to do. They aren’t going to go down without a bloody fight. But we have to make them bloodier than we get.
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