Democratic Campaign Strategy - Grow a Backbone

The First Lady Gave an inspiring speech that let the World Know Democrats were ready to fight.
The First Lady Gave an inspiring speech that let the World Know Democrats were ready to fight.

Ready to Fight

On the first night on Democratic National Convention, First Lady Michelle Obama gave an inspiring and heartfelt speech in support of her husband. Her speech focused on the family values she grew up with and how she is trying to pass those values on to her children. Her speech was well received by those in the Conventional Hall and those watching on TV. Even the right wing pundits on Fox News stated that her speech was impressive. Other speakers on this night also gave great speeches including San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. The night was filled with energy and dare to say it: passion and readiness to fight for what Democrats believed in.

Sean Hannity did not like parts of the Democratic Platform, so Democrats changed it.
Sean Hannity did not like parts of the Democratic Platform, so Democrats changed it.

We don't want to fight, we might make somebody mad

Yet, less than 12 hours after Mrs. Obama's great example of leadership, Democrats once again cowered in the corner and caved on their party platform. And why? Because Sean Hannity did not like something about it. Democrats once again allowed right wing pundits to take control of the Democratic message.

The issues at hand are that the original Democratic platform did not make reference enough to "God" according to Sean Hannity. He questioned former Governor Bill Richardson about this who remarked that the Democratic Party is a party of faith but that faith is individual. Further, if you look at what the Platform stands for (i.e. helping the poor and disadvantaged) that the Platform was driven by faith. Yet, because Sean Hannity made an issue of it, and the Democrats in charge of the message apparently trying to get Sean Hannity to love the Democratic Party, they changed the Platform to include more references to God.

Also changed was the fact that the original Platform did not declare Jerusalem as the Capitol of Israel. Now it does. Why? Because Sean Hannity said it should. Bill Richardson explained that the party Platform was what the policy of the United States is: That the US supports a 2 State Solution. Of course, most people in Israel support a 2 State solution. But that doesn't stop Hannity. He wants to raise the issue. And the Democrats were easily persuaded to change their hard held beliefs they had put in their Platform.

The President has a Choice:  Grow a backbone or start packing.
The President has a Choice: Grow a backbone or start packing.

Grow a Backbone

For an instant it looked like Democrats were finally ready to own the fact that they are Democrats and were finally going to capture the message. For about 12 hours they did this. Then they caved, again. Then they allowed the tea party and the likes of Sean Hannity to control their message, again. Democrats once again became jello and asked Republicans to stop hurting them.

Enough is enough. What happened to the Democratic Party? The likes of Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson would slap this current crop of Democrats and tell them to toughen up. Tomorrow night, President Barack Obama makes his acceptance speech. The only question that he needs to answer is whether he is willing to fight for what he believes in and own it: Own the economy, own health care, own his foreign policy, own the fact that he is a true patriot, or whether the President is going to cower in the corner and rely solely on hope. Americans liked in Hope in 2008. In 2012 they want guts. They want someone who is willing to make people mad. They want someone willing to take on everyone because he believes he is right. If a leader isn't willing to do these things, why would anyone follow? Hopefully, President Obama shows that at least he has a backbone. Otherwise, I want to make a trade and put his wife at the top of the ticket.

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mio cid 4 years ago from Uruguay

great hub!I'm sure glad president obama realized before it was too late that when this hijacked republican party said they will concentrate all their efforts in defeating him and the republican party even if the country had to go down with them.He is and has been for a while now fighting hard, and we must have his back, there is no crying in politics after the election there is no sense in complaining we have the obligation of working hard now to win in november.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

I agree, but the Party must fight, and that includes Congressional Republicans who have cowered in the corner.


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mio cid 4 years ago from Uruguay

agreed.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Thanks for reading


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Logos831 4 years ago from somewhere, ca

It was not a matter of not mentioning God "enough" as you say, they didn't mention God or Israel at ALL.

The only reason why Obama pressured them to include it into the DNC platform, was because he realized that he can use that as a defense against when Romney/Ryan would have used as a shot against them in debates. Obama wants to appeal to democrats, republicans and independents who are friendly to God and Israel, so it was simply a political maneuver to gain more votes and make him appear more appealing to the majority of Americans who still hold to traditional American positions/values.

I'm with you though, in that I think both parties should stick to their beliefs and values and be open about them, instead of just trying to please other people to get votes. Obama may say that God and Israel are part of his platform now, but those are just words- his actions as President have been completely the opposite of support of these things. So he's not fooling anyone who actually knows his record.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Logos, they had already defended it, pretty well I think. Really, his actions show the opposite of support for God and Israel? Really? Israel Prime Minister says they have had no better friend that President Obama. Helping the poor, etc. Seems pretty consistent to me.

Thanks for stopping by.


Ginger Ruffles 4 years ago

Great hub Bgpappa, they really do need some backbone. Not the first time they have back downed by a long shot. It's very upsetting when they do it too...still not enough to make me ever consider voting Republican.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

They have been showing some toughness lately. We will see how this next budget debate goes. And, not nearly enough to vote Republican, at least not this year.

Thanks for stopping by.

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