Friday, February 19, 2010

Winning the Stimulus debate - Dems have a massive hill to climb

Upon the anniversary of the Stimulus this week, Democrats have gone on the offensive in an effort to improve the horrible reputation of the Stimulus among the voting public.

How bad?

Well, a CBS/NYT(!!!) poll from last week showed only SIX PERCENT of Americans believing the Stimulus had created jobs. For reference, that's one percent less than the number of Americans who still believed Elvis was alive a few years ago.

But that isn't stopping Speaker Pelosi from latching her wagon to the issue.

From an article in The Hill earlier this week:

Obviously, this has me smiling.

As I've been saying since very early spring last year, the Stimulus has the potential to be a huge winning issue come November. Why? Because of the reality of the situation. When voters, or their families or neighbors don't have jobs, they have a real life scenario showing them that the Stimulus didn't do what was promised.

That makes emphasizing its failures a very easy lift for Republicans. It's easy to communicate to the American public.

The Democrats promised you jobs. Where are they?

That's easy to communicate in a 30-second spot in the Fall.

But, it's even more effective in this longer youtube video produced by House Minority Whip Eric Cantor.

Thanks, Nancy.

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