Monday, September 20, 2010

Democrats need to unfold "the extremist vision" of the Tea Party

But that kind of fine-tuned message may not play well against the Tea Party’s more straightforward message about fiscal responsibility, which is enchanting to many. So, in the end, in an interesting twist on political messaging, Democrats, who ran in 2008 on the slogans of “hope” and “change,” may best energize the base by co-opting the fear-mongering that they accuse Tea Party-backed candidates of partaking in. 
“You have to show these people are not only at odds with the mainstream values of moderate voters, they are a threat to them,” said Mr. Belcher. “I think you paint the picture by unfolding the extremist vision.”