Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Negativity Wins the Senate

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, NYT
NOV. 5, 2014

Republicans would like the country to believe that they took control of the Senate on Tuesday by advocating a strong, appealing agenda of job creation, tax reform and spending cuts. But, in reality, they did nothing of the sort.

Even the voters who supported Republican candidates would have a hard time explaining what their choices are going to do. That’s because virtually every Republican candidate campaigned on only one thing: what they called the failure of President Obama. In speech after speech, ad after ad, they relentlessly linked their Democratic opponent to the president and vowed that they would put an end to everything they say the public hates about his administration. On Tuesday morning, the Republican National Committee released a series of get-out-the-vote images showing Mr. Obama and Democratic Senate candidates next to this message: “If you’re not a voter, you can’t stop Obama.”

The most important promises that winning Republicans made were negative in nature. They will repeal health care reform. They will roll back new regulations on banks and Wall Street. They will stop the Obama administration’s plans to curb coal emissions and reform immigration and invest in education.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Patrick Dempsey said...

all those 'negative' things are things people apparently want. this NYT sob story is just sour grapes. I feel no sympathy.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Tom Koch said...

I agree with the title of the article, it was negativity that won the Senate. Harry's negativity towards private citizens, Harry's negativity towards legislation passed by the House, Harry's negativity towards the Keystone pipeline... The only thing positive about Harry is his bank account. How does a poor public servant become so wealthy?

6:57 AM  

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