-By Warner Todd Huston
Recently the L.A. Times reported that the White House warned Democrat incumbents to avoid talking about the Party’s “accomplishments” as they campaign for office this year.
In an effort coordinated with the White House, congressional leaders are urging Democrats to focus less on bragging about what they have done — a landmark healthcare law, a sweeping overhaul of Wall Street regulation and other far-reaching policy changes — and more on efforts to fix the economy and on the perils of Republican control of Congress.
It’s probably a very good idea for Democrats to avoid talking about their failed economic “accomplishments,” their unpopular Obamacare policy “accomplishments,” and their confusing and growth-stifling banking regulation “accomplishments,” not to mention their “accomplishment” of keeping us at an unemployment rate hovering around 10%. But I don’t think the White House actually wanted Democrats to campaign against President Obama and Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Someone might have wanted to mention that to Indiana’s 2nd District incumbent Democrat Congressman Joe Donnelly.
Donnelly felt the need to tell his constituents that he works for them and not those darned ol’ Washington insiders. And as he sternly told his voters this fact, his ad displays a photo including Speaker Pelosi and President Obama!
Just last March Donnelly was given the opportunity to deliver the Democratic weekly Radio Address. After that ad one suspects that his privileges might be revoked.
Of course, the whole thing is interesting on many levels. We have what we are told is the most popular American president in years, one who won a great electoral victory not but a year and a half ago. Yet now members of his own party are campaigning against him. But there is another amusing thing here. Even as this Donnelley fellow runs against the Obama/Pelosi agenda, he helped that agenda to come to fruition by voting in favor of many of its policies. Especially Obama’s healthcare policies. Donnelley voted with Democrats 88.4% of the time.
I’d say that Hoosiers should take a close look at voting this guy out of office and voting Jackie Walorski in his place.