I Don't Care About The Surge
Submitted by BDBlue on Fri, 2008-09-05 10:59.
But I do think the more Obama sounds like John McCain, the more likely John McCain becomes President. And Obama just agreed with one of McCain’s arguments for why he should be President.
The Democratic strategy seems to be, as always, if we just agree with the GOP we’ll take that issue off the table. Well, pretty soon there aren’t any issues left.
This is a variation on Bob Somerby's overall criticism of the media and Democratic politics, that Democrats keep trying to make inroads against the GOP by agreeing with the GOP arguments instead of staking out their own turf and standing up for their own policies and objectives. You can't take issues off the table. You can only counter that issue with one of your own, either a different answer to the same problem or else arguing that your issue should take precedence.
It is why the entire "bipartisan" approach Will. Not. Work. Have any of these political strategists bothered to read Krugman in the last 8 years? The GOP has no interest in compromising on anything and so it is Democratic principles that are compromised.