Foster, issue-oriented = victory for Dems
by fairleft, Mon Mar 10, 2008 at 07:15:40 AM EDT
People on both sides should take the message that we want people who are less divisive, less ideological and more problem-solving.
Bill Foster's victory in the gerimandered Republican 14th Congressional District sends the message that this looks like a huge year for the Democrats. If "tax-and-spend Democrat" are the best attack ads the Republicans can come up with, and all they can come up with are attack ads . . . ? Wow!
Democrats are the party proposing solutions. Imperfect solutions but at least we're offering the voters something. What's happening among voters, I think, is a "'what the heck' the Dems aren't perfect but at least they're offering us real solutions" attitude. The Republicans offer nothing except tired, very tired, attack ads. I mean Foster's opponent, Jim Oberweiss, his 'solution' to the health care crisis is killing off malpractice law suits? The Republicans are in very bad shape right now.
Savor this victory, Democrats, whether you're a Hillbot or Obamamaniac. The only thing that can prevent a big November victory for the Democrats are . . . well, I can't think of any.
More analysis here:
Foster keyed on a direct issue-oriented message, playing to a war-weary public and fears about the troubled economy while embracing an expansion of health care and an immigration-reform package that included a path to citizenship -- important in a district with large numbers of undocumented immigrants. . . .
In addition to the negativity of the contest, some Republicans said they fielded complaints from voters who reported receiving more than a dozen automated calls from the Oberweis campaign as well as countless mailings, which they contended did little to motivate people to vote in a Saturday election, let alone vote for the GOP contender.