Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 9, 2013

Stephen Dick: Dems, this is no time to be cocky


While the Republicans are doing this laughable soul-searching, or vote searching, they are still tightening the screws of austerity on the working classes and loving every minute of it. It’s one thing to grudgingly court people of color and backslide on social issues like gay marriage, but it’s quite another to pass economic policies that might help their new objects of adoration.

In the midst of all this, Democrats are having a great time watching their adversaries stumble around trying to find the door to the 21st century and civility. But if the Democrats think that Republicans are too mentally constipated to ever get the vote from minorities, gays, women and young people, they might want to think again.

It’s true that Republican sincerity is as thin as tissue paper, and it’s also true that intellectually challenged teabaggers will continue to pull their Republican turncoats to the right, but Democrats cannot afford to sit back and let the Republicans self-destruct as much fun as it is to watch. Republicans are turning states like mine, Indiana, into antebellum laboratories that prey on women and minorities while coddling the rich.

That is precisely what Democrats need to keep telling the electorate. Despite Republicans sucking up to immigrants and winking and nodding to social issues they despise, it is the economic policy that will prove ruinous to people who have been left behind the 8-ball of Wall-Street-induced recession.

It doesn’t help matters that Obama’s own version of the budget calls on austerity and turns its back on two bedrock, popular Democratic foundations — Social Security and Medicare. That’s no way to woo the electorate in 2014 and could prove fatal to the Democrats’ hope of retaking the House.



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