And those are the people you're trying to court, because those are the people who are undecided. Those who refuse to consider facts and will vote only on what they want to believe are not people you're going to win. Your job is to convince those who WILL listen to reason and facts.Some will look at Obama coming into a "bad situation" and improving from such a bad spot, and for those people your suggested message would probably work.
Seriously, this is not hard. I have a feeling you think Democrats are going to try and convince Republicans to vote for them. That would be a waste of time. Your job is not to convince those who don't want to move off what they already believe, your job is to convince those who are looking to be convinced.
But we ARE out of the bad situation. If people don't believe that, then it is your job to show them. And you make clear that even if one person's particular situation hasn't gotten better, then *Democratic candidate* will fight for the policies which will make the benefits others have experienced come to you.Some will look at Obama coming into a "bad situation" and doing okay but failing to actually get us out of the bad situaiton
The problem with this thinking is that the arguments they are putting forth are not strong at all. If I have a Republican candidate telling me that the Democratic candidate will continue Obama's policies (which has been a consistent theme this year) and a Democratic candidate who tells me the Republican candidate will "just make things worse"...why incentive do I have to vote for the Democrat? If I'm predispositioned to believe voting for Obama's policies is bad, or if I see Democrats running away from Obama's policies they voted for (seriously, how stupid can you be to run from the policies you vote for...asinine logic), then what choice do I have but to vote for Republicans if I want things to get better?I think just going "They're stupid" is ridiculous. I think, from a political science stand point, one could simply argue that they simply realize the arguments you're suggesting are not extremely strong and compelling counter arguments can be put forth...and that those arguments simply don't vibe with what the American people are actually feeling which could lead to a negative reaction from them if it's pushed...and thus that's why they're not trying to do it.
That's why the Democrats should have been POUNDING the successes of the last several years. Instead of running away from the things you voted for, tell your constituents WHY you voted for them and show them how your policies have bettered America. You don't win by agreeing the other party's position is right, you win by telling the people YOU are right. Even when you are wrong, you are right.
But the Democrats haven't done that and they will likely lose the Senate. And maybe they didn't have a chance in the first place and they are playing their cards close to their vest. I don't know. But I do know they have done very little to try and convince people they are the right party to lead.