Running scared

Armstrong Williams | 9/21/2012, 1:06 p.m.
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I'm hardly the only one to express doubts about the effectiveness of the focus on social issues in this election. The American people generally turn against anyone whom they perceive to be the aggressor on these issues. The Democrats, then, will succeed on these issues to the extent that they can portray the Republicans as the aggressors in the "war." Expect Sandra Fluke, Elizabeth Warren, Kathleen Sebelius, Cecile Richards, Barbara Mikulski and, of course, Nancy Pelosi and her "presentation of the women of the House of Representatives" to overreach on this one. I mean, what is Eva Longoria doing speaking at the DNC? What are her qualifications? What is her expertise? Surely this is an overreach.

Sanctimony can easily backfire in American politics. Besides, Democrats have as much of a gap with men as Republicans do with women. While the percentage of women who vote is higher than that of men, why isn't there any pressure on Democrats to appeal to men? Again, this self-righteousness about so-called women's issues may come back to haunt them in November, when unemployment is still over 8 percent.

In a far wiser move, the DNC has some prominent swing state politicians speaking, including Tom Vilsack of Iowa, Kay Hagan, Jim Hunt and David Price of North Carolina, Jared Polis of Colorado and several Ohio politicians. This is what both parties ought to be focusing on, not on divisive, slice-and-dice politics of race, gender and class. This election is going to be decided by 10 counties: I suggest speaking to them.

As with the RNC, this is a mixture of choices wise and foolish. It remains to be seen what, if any, poll boost the party will receive.

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