The Democratic Party has finished licking its wounds from the 2010 midterm elections and is now working to build up a war chest to fight Republican efforts to stop President Obama's agenda, according to a new fundraising letter from party boss Tim Kaine.
"As we face a Republican-controlled House of Representatives and a strengthened GOP contingent in the Senate, we must prepare to fight the Republican agenda and to lay the groundwork for the challenges that lie ahead," writes Kaine. [See a slide show of 10 budget and spending fights looming for Obama and the GOP.]
In his letter to Democratic loyalists, he includes a new survey that lists many of the major concerns the party has with the GOP. Most of the concerns focus on Republican "obstructionism" and worries that the Tea Party will play a larger role in Washington. And while Kaine highlights GOP assaults on Obama's healthcare reform and plans to cut tax breaks for the wealthy, he also lists some 11 other major threats to his party and the nation from the Republicans in Congress. "We will have our hands full in the coming two years. The Republicans have made their ambitions clear," he warns. [See editorial cartoons about the Republicans.]
From his letter, here are the 8 GOP Attacks the Democrats Fear Most:
1. Dividing Americans.
2. Protecting the wealthy from taxes.
3. Eliminating women's reproductive rights.
4. Supporting the oil and coal industries.
5. Overturning healthcare reform.
6. Preventing President Obama from governing.
7. Overturning Wall Street reform.
8. Taking the White House in 2012.
As for the Democrats, Kaine also lists the five main Democratic priorities.
1. Combating Republican obstructionism in the House of Representatives.
2. Protecting progress achieved in the first two years of the Obama administration.
3. Preventing the GOP/Tea Party from taking the U.S. Senate in 2012.
4. Retaking the House of Representatives in 2012.
5. Re-electing President Obama in 2012.