Republicans Running On Failure Of The Stimulus Package
by Todd Beeton, Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 08:44:24 AM EST
Opposing the economic stimulus package in the name of fiscal responsibility is, for Republicans who presided over the Bush era economy, absurd but it is all they have. Now watch them try to turn what was a failed policy position into a successful electoral one as they campaign against Democrats who voted for it, essentially hanging their 2010 hopes on the failure of the stimulus package.
House Republicans are hoping to salvage a big loss on the economic stimulus bill by making it a political millstone for moderate Democrats.
The party's campaign arm will start airing radio ads Friday in approximately 30 Democratic districts to argue that the bill violates the lawmakers' campaign pledge to restore fiscal responsibility to Washington. [...]
In the ads, the National Republican Congressional Committee used the words of the targeted lawmakers against them and calls the bill a "wasteful pork barrel program that will cost taxpayers nearly a trillion dollars," according to a preliminary script.
One problem: support for the package is actually rising thanks to the president's charm offensive:
President Obama's prime-time press conference and his campaign-style events this week have boosted support for the economic recovery plan working its way through Congress.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 44% of U.S. voters now support the plan while 40% are opposed. A week ago, just 37% favored the legislation, and 43% were opposed.
Clearly, the Republican strategy here is premised upon the expectation of a downturn in support for the stimulus package over the next year, year and a half (in other words, they can only win if the stimulus fails, sound familiar?) but that's a risky bet when you are up against a man who can shift public opinion several points virtually overnight.
But again, it's all they have.