As the election draws nearer, I think I have discovered the Democrats’ secret plan for winning: they’re going to run against people who aren’t running, and therefore hope to win by default.
For some time now, the Democrats’ big strategy has been to try to tie every Republican to President Bush, and bash Bush as best they can. They seem to think that if they keep the Republicans who are actually running for office as close to Bush as they can and then throw mud on Bush, some will surely have to splash them as well.
(The stock answer, of which I wholeheartedly approve, is to say “OK, you’ve convinced me. I won’t vote for Bush this November. In fact, I’ll never vote for him again.”)
Well, they must think it’s a winning strategy, because they’re trying it out in other races.
As I’ve said before, for some reason I’ve been subscribed to the mailing lists of numerous prominent Democrats. (For some reason, my Wizbang e-mail address gets all the Democratic spam, while my Yahoo! address collects the Republican spam.) It’s annoying, but every now and then I get one that just illustrates the sheer absurdity of the Democratic leadership.
That happened again last night.
New York’s junior senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is very concerned about a certain congressional race in Florida, and is urging her supporters to help out her preferred candidate in that district. Here is her letter, in its entirety (minus silly graphics, of course):
I’m writing to ask your help for Tim Mahoney, the Democratic candidate running to replace Mark Foley in Congress. This is a great opportunity to take back a seat from the Republicans, and demonstrate that Americans are fed up with the Republican leadership.
Tim Mahoney is a great candidate who believes in responsibility and accountability. Please help us take back Congress by supporting his campaign today.
Tim is a successful rancher and businessman who has created jobs in his community. He has pledged to fight for fiscal responsibility and integrity, qualities badly needed in Washington today.
He supports enacting the 9/11 Commission reforms to keep our country safe. He has pledged to protect Social Security. And I know he’ll be a strong ally as we fight to protect our children and build a better future for them.
In short, Tim Mahoney is the kind of leader we need in Congress. Stand with me and support him today:
Florida’s 16th district deserves better representation than Mark Foley — and we all deserve a better Congress!
Support Tim Mahoney’s campaign with your contribution today and get us one step closer to a Democratic majority in the House:
Thank you for joining me in this fight!
Hillary Rodham Clinton
If all you had to go on was Hillary’s letter, you’d think that Mahoney is not only running to replace Mark Foley, but to defeat him as well. You’d never guess that Mark Foley — whom everyone knows was a degenerate sleazeball — had not only withdrawn from the race, but resigned in disgrace as well. All you’d remember was that Mahoney was the alternative to Foley, whose name remains on the ballot and voters are not being allowed to be told at the polls that a vote for Foley will NOT go towards Foley, but the Republican who’s running in his stead.
This one actually might work on the uninformed voter. Unlike President Bush, Mark Foley IS on the ballot next month — but all votes for him will actually be counted towards the Republican candidate who is replacing him in the election.
By the way, in the interest of equal time, Mahoney’s opponent — the man who will get credit for all the votes cast for Foley — is named Joe Negron. I don’t know a damned thing about Negron, his positions, or his experiences, but that’s OK — apparently neither does Senator Clinton. But I know his name, at least, so that puts me one up on her.
It seems a tacit admission of weakness, for the Democrats to keep running against people who aren’t in the race. It’s like they’re afraid to confront the Republican candidates head-on, so they need to keep finding weaknesses wherever they can and try to exploit them as best they can.
It might be a winning strategy, but it still smacks of cowardice and desperation.