Because we really, really like big government programs and confiscatory tax rates but just don’t know it. And the reason we don’t know it is because those evil Koch Brother "plutocrats" are pulling the wool over our eyes with their big money ad campaign. Put another way, we Tea Partiers are really too stupid to know what’s best for us. Ironically, this accurate describes Democrat voters so I guess it’s natural that Schumer has the same contempt for non-Democrat voters. Liberals only have to snap us out of our hypnotic trance, show us the light, and we’ll be all in for socialism. Or something. At any rate, if this is what passes for strategic thinking from the Democrat Party, 2014 will be a big year for the GOP. Via The Hill.
Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking Senate Democratic leader, says his party should aggressively promote a pro-government agenda to win over middle-class Tea Party voters this fall.
Schumer laid out his vision for political success in a major speech Thursday addressing the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a pro-Democratic advocacy group, intended to energize fellow Democrats who have been on the defensive since the botched rollout of ObamaCare last year.
He lamented that Democrats have become “quiet, defensive and even ashamed” of their pro-government views.
As Republicans are hoping for another wave election in 2014, Schumer thinks Democrats could win over blue-collar independents who identify with the Tea Party, by touting the promise of government initiatives, such as raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits.
“We must stop playing defense and go on offense when it comes to the need for government. We must state loudly and repeatedly that we believe government is often a necessary force for good,” said Schumer.
Schumer urged fellow Democrats to exploit “one very weak link in the Tea Party’s armor.”
“The fundamental weakness in the Tea Party machine is the stark difference between what the leaders of the Tea Party elite, plutocrats like the Koch brothers, want and what the average grassroots Tea Party follower wants,” he said, noting that many Tea Party voters support government programs such as Medicare.
Wait a minute. Maybe he’s right. Maybe my antipathy for high taxes, unsustainable debt, and government encroachment into every aspect of my life is really just a figment of my imagination, the result of a diabolical mind control experiment financed by those Svengali-like Koch Brothers. But then again, maybe not. In any event, good luck with this electoral strategy, champ.