Strategy for the Dems: move right
Before we get too wrapped up in Democratic chest-thumping about the Louisiana victories, consider this: How did Sen. Landrieu and Rep.-elect Rod Alexander win? Did they take on the president?
Rodney Alexander, the upset winner in John Cooksey’s old seat (a district that voted 59% for Bush but was redrawn to add more Democrats in 2001), won by running hard right. Late in the campaign he harped on his unconditional support of the administration’s Iraq plans, going so far to say “the President is right to underscore that we will act alone if the UN does not act.” His ads either ignored referring to his party or called him a “Louisiana Democrat for congress” (watch the ads – the inflection is loud and clear) who promised “to end the partisan politics.”
His official campaign bio is telling:
As a conservative voice, Rodney is outspoken in his support of the Second Amendment and prayer in school. He is pro-life and believes that all human life, in and out of the womb, has value. Rodney is an ardent supporter of a strong military to protect and defend our way of life. He supports our war on terrorism and believes that our soldiers, Veterans and military retirees deserve all the support that is available …Rodney has been a member of the Louisiana Farm Bureau and the National Rifle Association.
As for Mary Landrieu, she hyped up her 2001 vote for the president’s tax cut (some Dems groused that Max Cleland had done nothing for himself by supporting this), made clear her support for war on Iraq, and voted for the homeland security bill while admitting she might not have done so if her re-election wasn’t looming.
So when blogger Kos says “now we know what to do to beat Bush and his “handpicked” GOP candidates,” he should make it clear – they have to run as Republicans.