David Plouffe's recipe for a Republican takeover of Congress 

On Saturday, Obama 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post titled, "November doesn't need to be a nightmare for Democrats." Plouffe offered seven pieces of advice for his party, four of which look like disastrous ideas at this point. Namely:

1) Pass a meaningful health insurance reform package without delay. Plouffe has a point that Democrats have already taken a severe beating and might as well pass something. But who said things can't get any worse? Any attempt to ram health care through Congress after losing the election in Massachusetts will be perceived as arrogance. And an attempt that fails because of Democrats fearful for their jobs will be perceived as impotence combined with arrogance.

2) We need to show that we not just are focused on jobs but also create them. He explains this grammatical nightmare of a sentence to mean passage of a second stimulus package. But the first one hasn't done so well, so...

3) Make sure voters understand what the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act did for the economy. In other words, defend the first stimulus package, which is widely perceived by the voters as a flop.

4) Don't accept any lectures on spending. When confronted on the explosion of bailouts and spending this year, blame the Republicans for running up a much smaller deficit four years ago.

Plouffe's other three suggestions -- -- "No bedwetting," "Run great campaigns," and "Change is not just about policies" -- are either obvious or insubstantial.

So to sum up, this is Plouffe's two-part strategy for victory: (1) Act like you haven't learned anything from the public's disapproval, and (2) blame the other guy for what's wrong.

Voters will love that. Let me be the first to congratulate John Boehner on becoming the new Speaker of the House.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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