The Democrats May Be Strutting Too Soon
It appears the Democratic Party and some of their strategists are doing some pre-Holiday strutting about their chances to regain the House majority based on the recent GOP leadership mistakes in the payroll tax cut legislation process.
This is both absurd behavior and, yet again, a display of gross ineptness in playing the politicking game effectively. Over confidence can be a wicked double-edge sword in politics and the Democrats may regret their current behavior come 2012.
From an article in The Hill:
Tad Devine, a Democratic strategist, said he believes Democrats can recapture the House in part because of growing public resentment over wealth disparity.
“The issue is really starting to be clarified for middle-class voters. It’s emerging as the biggest issue of the campaign, the fundamental unfairness of society where the wealthy are getting very wealthy and the middle class are falling behind,” Devine said.
He said House Republicans hurt themselves by taking a stand against a short-term extension of the payroll tax cut only to fold and pass it a few days later.
“The Republicans have shot themselves in both feet,” Devine said.
It is true enough the Republicans made a mess of the payroll tax cut issue, as I wrote yesterday, but to believe this single issue could turn the tide and enable the Democrats to regain the House majority is lunacy. The final chapter of this saga is yet to be written and Democrats could easily end up on the “losing” side when it’s all over.
Further on in the same article:
“It was gross mismanagement. If there were a lawsuit to be filed, it would be filed against the Republican leadership. They misplayed their hand dramatically,” said Ross K. Baker, a professor of political science at Rutgers University.
Baker said he thinks Democrats can pick up the 25 seats they need to recapture the House majority and credits the payroll tax fight as a game-changer.
Victories in politics, especially on small issues like the two-month payroll tax cut extension, are short-lived and momentum is fleeting. Come March when the next debate is over, the long-term legislation is written and the other issues that the two-month extension compel action on are complete, then and only then will we know who wins this battle politically.
Maybe the Democrats should do less strutting now to prevent having to slither on their bellies in March.