Sunday, January 24, 2010

Plouffe to the Rescue?

We see it as good news that Obama campaign mastermind David Plouffe is going to be rejoining the Administration as its polling and uber-political coordinator with the DNC, the various Congressional campaign committees, and statehouses. Indeed, Plouffe's opening shot, an op/ed in today's Kaplan Post, seems to be setting just the right tone for how Democrats should be girding for the 2010 midterms and beyond. (Aside: also check out Devilstower's excellent piece at Daily Kos.)

The first point Plouffe makes: "Pass a meaningful health insurance reform package without delay." This runs counter to the prevailing meme in the Village, which has been unduly influenced (as usual) by Rethug spinmeisters - as an example, the Post's Outlook section today has two crowing pieces from Rethug pollsters/advisers about how and why the Rethugs are back, bay-beee! Yes, and please explain why 56% of voters are unhappy with the GOP's direction, versus 19% who are happy with it (Public Policy Polling, Jan. 2010)!

Want more proof of the "run for your life" CW among the Villagers? Look no further than the Post's lead editorial today, calling for "Health diplomacy," (i.e., wasting even more time trying to find a few Rethugs to support a watered-down reform bill) which was clearly written by editorialist David Ignatius, who has an amplifying op/ed ("An Obama Plan B for health care") on the opposite page! Dems would do well to ignore these "helpful suggestions," which are clearly intended to preserve the status quo and the Rethug worldview. As Plouffe says in his op/ed's final point, "Instead of fearing what may happen, let's prove that we have more than just the brains to govern--that we have the guts to govern."

Amen, brother.

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