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Don't Wait for 08: The Midterms

From the Democracy Corps strategy memo on the mid term election, including a focus on how Bush's policies by and large help the wealthy and do not focus on "The Common Good:"

"Element One: Nationalizing the election around Bush. In the Congress, Republicans are rushing to find their independence, but they have supported Bush’s direction at every step. Bush is less popular than Republicans and less trusted on the issues.

Democratic message choices are stronger when referencing Bush. Indeed, Bush is weaker than the Republicans on nearly all issues, including security, as we saw in the recent NPR survey.

Bush and the congressional Republicans have nationalized the issues that now put them
in so much difficulty. We should keep the focus there, as they try to change it.

Element Two: Bush’s direction versus new direction. The choice in this election is not very complicated, as demonstrated in the most recent Democracy Corps poll.

The Republicans want to continue Bush’s direction.
The Democrats say, we need a new direction.


...Element Three: What is wrong with Bush’s direction? He governs for the few (wealthy, corporations and CEOs), when we need an America that works for everyone.

When we ask voters what is wrong with what is happening with the Republicans in Washington, it is not a complicated story: far above all other things, voters say the Republicans “work mainly for the wealthy and corporations,” with an added number saying, they “don’t watch out for the average person.”
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