Democratic strategists are going all-out to argue that any Republican takeover of the House or Senate in this fall's mid-term elections would result in a return of the unpopular policies of former President George W. Bush.
The latest example of the Democrats' push is their focus on the comments of GOP Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas on Meet the Press yesterday. Sessions, who is chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said, "We need to go back to the exact same agenda that is empowering the free enterprise system rather than diminishing it." [See who donates to Sessions.]
The Democrats are using this comment to argue that the Republicans have no new ideas and are planning to return to the failed policies of the past. A spokesman for the Democratic National Committee told reporters that the head of the NRCC admitted "that the Republicans have no plan to help the American people find work and reduce the deficit, while offering nothing but empty rhetoric and obstruction of legislation that is helping our nation out of the recession. In fact, Representative Sessions wants to 'go back to the exact same agenda' during the Bush administration."
Late this morning, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine issued a statement to reporters saying, "The men in charge of Republican campaigns made it crystal clear what Republican candidates plan to do if elected--take us backward." He was also referring to comments yesterday by Sen. John Cornyn, who is in charge of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, in which Cornyn showed an "inability to name a single difference between today's GOP and that same agenda." It's all part of a Democratic strategy to portray the upcoming elections as a choice between Democratic and Republican policies and not simply a referendum on President Obama's administration and the unpopular policies of the Democratic majority in Congress. [See where Cornyn's campaign contributions come from.]