June 15, 2006

60 IN '06:

The Note: The Choice Is Clear: Framing Is Destiny (MARK HALPERIN, DAVID CHALIAN, TEDDY DAVIS, K. HINMAN, N. VENKATARAMAN, and M. STUART with M. DUBERT, A. FINE, A. PIPITONE, and D. WENGER, June 15, 2006, ABC News: The Note)

Riddle us this, Note readers and Batman fans:

Which party's fall message is already clear and which party's is not?

For the Democrats, there is: the Biden view on Iraq; the Murtha view on Iraq; the Kerry views on Iraq; the Senate caucus's ever-dynamic debate about what the party should stand for; the mass conspiracy of silence over taxes and health care, taxes and the rich, and taxes and taxes; Together, We Can Do Better; Together, America Can Do Better; Better, America Can Be, Together; opportunity, responsibility, and community; community; the modern communication skills of Leaders Reid and Pelosi, and their control over their own public images; Six in '06; New Direction for America; Rahm's view on Iraq; the Pelosi-Hoyer friendship; Murtha's abortive leadership bid; Howard Dean's discipline; and the bloggers. (For a super smart take on all this, see Noonan, Peggy — on Jim Webb as "Nancy Pelosi with medals.") LINK

For the Republicans, there is what the Strategist-in-Chief laid out in the Rose Garden yesterday (for those Democrats and reporters too lazy to track down a transcript of Monday's Granite State Karl Rove fan dance):

"I believe we're going to hold the House and the Senate, because our philosophy is one that is forward-looking and optimistic and has worked. We've got a record to run on.

"There's an interesting debate in the Democrat Party about how quick to pull out of Iraq. Pulling out of Iraq before we accomplish the mission will make the world a more dangerous place. It's bad policy. I know it may sound good politically; it will endanger our country to pull out of Iraq before we accomplish the mission.

"See, Iraq is a part of the global war on terror. It's not 'the' global war on terror, it's a theater in the global war on terror. And if we fail in Iraq, it's going to embolden al Qaeda types. It will weaken the resolve of moderate nations to stand up to the Islamic fascists. It will cause people to lose their nerve and not stay strong.

"And so I look forward to taking the debate — that's not quite right — kind of getting warmed up as a result of your question — the timing is not right for me to get out there yet. But I think the Democrat economic policy of raising people's taxes isn't going to work either. I know they'll couch it in all kinds of language, but really what they're saying is we're going to raise your taxes."

The Note folks asren't really being fair to the Democrats whose three word platform (geopolitical/social/economic) is unchanged since '02/'04: Surrender, Sodomy, and Taxes!

MORE: (via David Hill, The Bronx):
The Republican Party's Iraq Offensive: The war may not be popular, but the GOP is betting that steadiness and clarity are, and that Democrats won't be able to muster enough by November. (Peter Wallsten and Maura Reynolds, June 15, 2006, LA Times)

The Iraq war is the most immediate foreign policy problem besetting the Bush administration. But as a political issue, the White House and top Republican strategists have concluded that the war is a clear winner. [...]

Officially, the House debate will be the first time the chamber has argued the pros and cons of the invasion and occupation of Iraq since the war began more than three years ago. But Democrats, who have repeatedly called for debate on the war, have denounced this week's events as little more than a political trap to embarrass them and force acquiescence with the administration's policy.

The resolution expresses support for U.S. troops and a commitment to combat terrorism. It also unequivocally asserts that the conflict in Iraq is part of a "global war on terror" — an assertion that Democrats and some Republicans dispute.

Bush hammered that assertion Wednesday. "If we fail in Iraq, it's going to embolden Al Qaeda types," he said. "It will weaken the resolve of moderate nations to stand up to the Islamic fascists. It will cause people to lose their nerve and not stay strong."

Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) complained Wednesday that House leaders were not going to permit Democrats to offer amendments to the resolution, forcing them into a position of either voting against supporting the troops or for the Republican formulation of the war.

At the point where the democratic process is your enemy your party is in deep Brazilian midfielder.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 15, 2006 5:58 PM

You forgot death.

Posted by: Sandy P at June 15, 2006 6:09 PM

Sodomy is death.

Posted by: oj at June 15, 2006 6:24 PM

What happened to rum and the lash? Too conservative?

Posted by: jdkelly at June 15, 2006 6:38 PM

They're in about the same shape as the British Navy.

Posted by: oj at June 15, 2006 6:47 PM

That's Topinka's Platform!!!

Posted by: Bruno at June 15, 2006 6:51 PM

What, the party of acid, amnesty and abortion needs a new motto?

Ah, but amnesty means something different now, doesn't it.

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 15, 2006 8:12 PM


(Kaka first made a name for himself internationally in an under-17 world tournament a few years ago. I was watching him play on one of the Spanish-language channels, and whenever the announcers said his name they started chuckling.)

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at June 15, 2006 11:29 PM

Jim in Chicago:

Congratulations, you win the free washing machine.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at June 16, 2006 12:41 AM

"At the point where the democratic process is your enemy your party is in deep Brazilian midfielder."

But surely, oj, you must have seen Rep. Abercrombie delivering his words, wrists wrapped in faux rope bindings. Don't know whether 'Brazilian midfielder' is consonant with bondage ('Jim in Chicago' will advise, I'm sure). But Rep. Abercrombie's silly stunt was, I admit, more interesting than soccer.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at June 16, 2006 2:27 AM

What happened to rum and the lash?

I don't know about the lash (and I don't *want* to!), but rum was over there with Romanism and rebellion last I saw.

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 16, 2006 7:42 AM