The National Journal’s Hotline Blog got a copy of former RNC Chairman Tom Cole’s strategy outline for defining Democrats in 2006. From a libertarian standpoint, his three-point opposition painting strategy is laughably hypocritical:
1) DEMOCRATS FAVOR HIGHER TAXES. You will not find many Americans that will tell you, please take more of my of my hard earned money. They might say, take some more of someone else’s money, but they don’t volunteer their own. Americans want lower taxes. Our party believes in lower taxes and we should be vocal about it. When Republicans recently lowered taxes, the economy grew, the deficit declined and American families had more money in their pockets. The facts are on our side.
2) DEMOCRATS FAVOR HIGHER GOVERNMENT SPENDING. As we have seen in recent months, Americans are concerned about government spending and the size of the government. Republicans understand this. We are the party of small government. Just recently we voted to lower the percentage of government spending by just 0.1 percent. Not one Democrat voted for this reduction in spending. Where were the Blue Dogs? They were on the side of bigger government and more spending. Those dogs may bark, but they don’t hunt.
3) DEMOCRATS FAVOR SURRENDER IN IRAQ. Frankly, Jack Murtha and Nancy Pelosi did us a favor when they placed their party on record favoring an immediate pull out from Iraq regardless of the consequences. This allows us to paint the picture about what failure in Iraq would entail for Iraqis, for America and for the cause of freedom and democracy around the world. Unlike the confused voices on the left, the Republican message on this front is simple, straightforward and honest. Americans want to succeed in a mission that they think is justified and morally right. The President believes this, the troops serving in Iraq believe this and the public does too.
Funny thing is, aside from the whole “surrendering in Iraq” thing, I can’t see a shred of difference between how he hopes to paint Democrats and how Repulicans have thus far performed. And even then, it doesn’t take much effort to paint Republicans as cutting and running in the search for Al Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In fact here’s a passage that can almost seem apolitical when describing either party:
They must be forced to defend the solutions they are offering to the American people — higher taxes and bigger government at home combined with defeat and retreat abroad. Since they won’t spell out their agenda to the American people we must do it for them.
So, thanks Tom… us libertarians could really use some talking points strategies like this to paint both major parties with the same-colored brush in 2006. Keep ’em coming.