If voters keep burning with the throw-the-bums-out fever that animated so many primaries, Democrats would be likely to lose more than 40 House seats... Democratic candidates want to convince these voters that no matter how much they hate the status quo, they would be worse off under a Republican Party that hasn't learned from its mistakes and is lurching ever harder to the right.I wonder if it's Democrats who are stupid, or whether they think voters are stupid*. What Smith is saying is that the Democrats need to make this election not about Democrats, but about Republicans. Do you want us or them to rule you? But unless Obama and Biden are willing to resign if the GOP takes the House, thus making John Boehner the president, it cannot be as they say. The Republicans can't rule**, because they can't win either the White House or enough Senate Seats to override a Presidential veto. In other words, it is impossible, no matter how well the GOP does, that they should find themselves in the position the Democrats are today.
"This needs to be a choice, not a referendum" on the Democratic-led Congress and Obama administration, said Erik Smith, a Democratic campaign adviser.
Therefore the voters' choice is either a) continue the HopenChange, or b) stop the Hopenchange. They can affirm what the Democrats - especially that guy with arugula on his head - want to do, or they can stop the Democrats from doing anything. Those are the choices. In other words, thanks to the Constitution, this election is a referendum on Democrats.
But I did rather like the non-sequitir, or rather the oxymoron, that the GOP "hasn't learned from its mistakes" and is "lurching ever harder to the right." I would say that the fact of the latter disproves the assertion of the former. But then again, I've been wrong before - I used to think they were serious about shrinking government.
* If it's the latter I'm in full agreement, which is why I am in favor of large voter unregistration drives, Voter-ID laws, poll taxes, Native American rain-and-hail dances on election day, and anything else that keeps the casual voter at home.
** he said unnecessarily, considering all the whining about it I did.