by David Safier
This may be the strongest and smartest strategy the Democrats have employed this election season: going straight at the Tea Party.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine today will announce a new party initiative aimed at defining the Republicans who want to win control of Congress as tea partiers who want to repeal everything and abolish federal agencies.
Given the new Tea Party Caucus — and with House leaders Rep. Pete Sessions and Rep. Mike Pence on the membership roster — the Democrats will claim that "the Tea Party is now an institutionalized part of the Republican party. They are one and the same."
Let the Republicans try and deny it. What fun that would be.
"We're not the Tea Party. Um, that is, we, um, support, uh, a lot of what they, uh, stand for, and they're Great Americans, but, um, ahem, the Tea Party is an independent group, and the Republican Party is not, uh, directly affiliated . . . Though we stand shoulder to shoulder . . ."
The DNC has even put up a web page, Republican Tea Party Contract on America with the 10 items in the contract:
Repeal the Affordable Care Act (Health insurance Reform)
Privatize Social Security or phase it out altogether
End Medicare as it presently exists
Extend the Bush tax breaks for the wealthy and big oil
Repeal Wall Street Reform
Protect those responsible for the oil spill and future environmental catastrophes
Abolish the Department of education
Abolish the Department of energy
Abolish the environmental protection agency
Repeal the 17th Amendment which provides for the direct election of senators
Here's the video.
Good stuff, DNC. Don't back down! Let the Republicans either agree the Tea Party platform is the party's platform or deny it's true.
And candidates, get on the bandwagon.