George Will writes:
It is a lawyers' adage: If you have the law on your side, argue the law; if you have the facts, argue the facts; if you have neither, pound the table. Forgive the Democrats for their current table-pounding.
They cannot run on their record, which has two pillars. One is the stimulus that did not stimulate as they said it would (or else unemployment would not be above 8 percent). The report that the recession ended in June 2009 means the feeble recovery began before stimulus spending really started.
The second pillar is the health-care legislation. This may not be (as suggested by Michael Barone, author of the Almanac of American Politics) the most unpopular major legislation since the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. But it remains as unpopular as it was when the administration told Americans to pipe down and eat their broccoli.
Unable to campaign retrospectively, Democrats also cannot campaign prospectively -- "Elect us and get more broccoli!" Hence the table-pounding . . . .
Ah,but it't not just broccoli. There's the trillion-dollar price tag of that phony "stimulus." And there are probing, nanny-state fingers reaching into every area of our lives, from the lettering on New York street signs to the light bulb in every room of your house to your freedom to enjoy a fire in your own fireplace.
So, of course, the tactic on the left is the change the subject. "Hey -- look over there! Meg Whitman hired a woman who said she was legally allowed to work, then fired her when she said she wasn't legally allowed to work after all!"
How dare she!
Keep your eyes fixed on the goal. It's a worthy goal. America needs a change of direction.