My good friend, John Deeth, seems to be bent out of shape over this site’s gubernatorial poll. While I doubt John and I could agree about much over a cup of coffee, he operates one of the best liberal blogs in Iowa. I appreciate his insight to various Iowa issues, and as one who’s always quick to pat myself on the back when I’m right, Deeth does that too, as he should.
But his comments about the TIR poll just confuse me. Deeth wrote the following:
Without even digging into the poll’s demographic weighting, consider this: Because Culver won, he’s actually had to deal with stuff like the flood and the tanking economy. It’s easy to imply ‘Nussle would have done better’ when he was flying below the rader as Bush’s low-profle last budget director. The rage gets pointed at the top, not the middle.”
How can I not love a guy who also has a hankering for misspelling words when he’s pissed off?
Anyway… Back to my point.
I know that Democrats have had the luxury to campaign against the evil Republicans for most of this decade, but it’s now the Democrat’s turn to have to defend their record against their challengers.
Let’s use John’s grumpy statement, but put it into a couple of real life example.
Example One: Carter vs. Reagan 1980
Because Carter won, he’s actually had to deal with stuff like the oil embargo and the tanking economy. It’s easy to imply “Reagan would have done better” when he was flying below the radar as the Governor of California. The rage gets pointed at the top, not the middle.”
Example Two: Bush vs. Kerry 2004
Because Bush won, he’s actually had to deal with stuff like the 9-11 attacks on America and the ensuing unpopular war. It’s easy to imply “Kerry would have done better” when he was flying below the radar as a Senator from Massachusetts. The rage gets pointed at the top, not the middle.”
I don’t care who Iowa Republicans nominate, the general election campaign will be about one thing and one thing only, the job Chet Culver has done as the state’s Governor. Deeth is 100% right about one thing: people’s rage is always targeted to the person at the top. So if we are still dealing with huge budget deficits, unbalanced budgets, additional budget cuts, a bad economy, and a high unemployment rate, Governor Culver is going to have to deal with it.
The piss poor condition of our state is Chet Culver’s unpopular war so to speak. What should disturb Democrats like Deeth is Culver’s insistence that everything is hunky-dory. It’s not. People are hurting all across Iowa, and Culver’s agenda will make it worse.
I don’t give a rip who Culver brings in to turn things around politically. The hole Culver has dug is just too vast. I doubt that there is any chance he can manage to get himself out of it before next November. I understand that Democrats like Deeth don’t think it’s fair to have to defend Culver at every turn, but now it’s your turn to defend an unpopular elected official who refuses to deal with issues head on.
Have fun Deeth, we have only just begun to fight.
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