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October 3, 2005

Congressional Campaign 06' Strategy

Michael Cannella

      Our capital city was engineered in a geometrical fashion, making it easier to invade and control with an occupying force. How can we Democrats take back that city from the current occupying force? The only sensible answer is to do what Democrats do best (no, not party), but use the facts and stress the deficiencies that have arisen as a result of the current administration and those congressmen and women who have supported them.

      First of all, this midterm is one of our few real opportunities to link republican incumbents to the actions of the current administration with the greatest impact. The President's overall approval rating is currently at about 41%, according to the latest Zogby International poll. Now if that does not stand out to you as something that will motivate the progressive Democratic base I don't know what will. The president and other members of congress have greatly pushed the very ineffective privatization of social security plan that places too much faith in the ability of the average American to manage his or money as effectively as a Wall Street broker. This focus should be the main selling point of all candidates for the House of Representatives as their constituents are, in most cases, people who will depend on social security later in their lives. Moreover, it will be very difficult for a Republican to explain to his or her constituents that in essence, bankrupting Social Security by bleeding it death while the wealthy benefit from better managed personal funds is the right thing to do for the average person.

      Candidates should also be focusing the degree of ineffectiveness that this administration brings to the table when it comes to policies that range from tax management to the Katrina response and relief effort, as well as a feasible plan for stabilizing and recovering from Iraq.

      All in all, the Democratic candidates in both the Senate and House races have more than enough ammunition to reclaim more seats in Congress and establish a more responsible and effective government.

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