With just a few days remaining before the midterm elections, the Democrats are limping to the finish line. We are in the closing days of the 2014 campaign, and in Democratic campaigns across the country, none of the real issues are being discussed. There is no justification for the Democrats to declare there is peace and prosperity, and certainly none of them are promoting a message of hope and change. The Democrats’ campaigns have been a series of denials, comical disassociation and outright clumsy lies that will only further alienate voters from the political process.
Say what you want to about the Republicans’ lack of a message, but the Democrats – the party in power – are clearly exhausted. Starting with the White House, they have nothing affirmative to say, and the final days of campaigning appear to be more about who is to blame rather than how to turn out the vote. In some of the closest races around the country, the Democrats are desperately attempting to hold on to power.
Senator Mary Landrieu is throwing in the towel. She dealt the race and gender cards all in one desperate hand in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, where she claimed that the people who elected her in the past have actually been sexist all along. And, she blames racism for the president’s unpopularity in Louisiana – not his incompetence, the stagnant economy or the president’s anti-oil and gas agenda that has such a big impact on the state. She appears to be auditioning for a job with the Obama Administration (which won’t require her to return to Louisiana anytime soon.) I wonder if she has already whispered to the White House where she would like to serve as an Ambassador.
While we’re at it, here are a few more examples of desperate Democratic campaign antics:
– Senator Landrieu said she thinks, “Harry Reid gets beat up more than he deserves” but refused to say whether or not she would vote to re-elect Senator Reid (D-Nevada) as the Senate Majority Leader.
– Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, also refuses to say whether or not she would vote for Harry Reid as Majority Leader, and won’t admit she voted for President Obama. What a joke.
– Lundergan Grimes has perhaps been the most deceptive and deceitful candidate – in public and private. In public, one of her ads earned her four Pinocchios from the Washington Post’s Fact Checker, Glenn Kessler. And in private, she got caught not telling the truth about defending coal in a conversation with Senator Reid when leaked audio proved she hadn’t mentioned coal even once.
– Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Mark Udall has been so obsessed with making abortion and contraception an issue in the Colorado Senate race that his own state media has nicknamed him “Mark Uterus.”
– DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has marginalized herself with tired rants about the so-called “War on Women.” She operates in her own orbit, where the most liberal Democrats only talk to each other.
– In Georgia, Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn has tried to smear Republican David Perdue’s business record, taking a page out of the Democrats’ 2012 playbook against Mitt Romney in her attempts to unfairly label Perdue as a “vulture capitalist.”
– As George Will aptly pointed out, “the nastiest political tactic this year” has been against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who has been targeted by Democrats through Wisconsin’s “John Doe process” in a manner George Will says “can be best described as McCarthyite.”
– And even though he is not on the ballot, remember that Texas Governor Rick Perry was the target of a partisan attack in August in the form of a joke of an indictment because he dared to try and force a drunk Democratic District Attorney General to resign from her ethics watchdog post. And things haven’t gotten better in Texas – Republican gubernatorial candidate Gregg Abbott has been the target of low-blow ads from a very desperate Wendy Davis.
To say the least, this is not what a winning final charge looks like. The losers have no doubt already prepared their talking points about how ugly politics has become. This year, Democrats have no one to blame but themselves.