April 18, 2005

Democrats To tar Faking SocSec Flexibility (tip to Club For Growth)

Apparently without any innate sense of either politics or debate, the Democrats have resorted to focus groups to tell them how to act:

    WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats have decided to quit emphasizing that they will not negotiate changes to Social Security until President Bush drops his idea for private accounts. The switch in strategy comes after Democrats learned from focus groups that people frown on the lawmakers for being obstinate.

    "People feel like it doesn't show a good-faith effort," said a top House aide, who like several others spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the internal data. "It makes us seem like we're 'typical politicians.'"
And yet somehow it doesn't seem to these guys like a typical politician to fundamentally change your behavior and alter your principles (i.e. "no changes to Social Security") because of polling and focus groups. Boneheaded.

I think the real problem is that political consultants seem to be so fundamentally disconnected from mainstream Americans that they can't imagine why people are pissed off at stubborn refusals to fix an obvious shortcoming - and that the consultants need to bring in regular people to get this idea. Maybe the consultants knew it and they wanted a focus group to prove it, but it's pretty silly when you need outside confirmation by political novices that debate and discourse are preferable to stonewalling.

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