Clever Claire McCaskill Creating the Meme

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Clever Claire McCaskill Creating the Meme

Yes­ter­day I lead with a piece on the #Oba­maChi­naDeal & the #Oba­maE­PAReg­u­la­tions and strongly sug­gested that the GOP get right up in front of this, first by attach­ing Obama’s name to it, sec­ond by pin­ning it and by exten­sion Obama to them.

The idea being if you want to estab­lish a meme or a mes­sage to the vot­ing pub­lic it needs to be started early then you can refer to it over and over dur­ing the course of months and years and cre­ate a fixed point of con­ven­tional wis­dom, in this case: “Democ­rats run­ning in 2016 will be con­tin­u­ing Obama’s job killing policies.”

This is con­ser­vatism 101, if you want to accom­plish things you have to plan and pre­pare well ahead.

And that brings us to Claire McCaskill “big” news:

McCaskill was the first Demo­c­ra­tic sen­a­tor to pub­licly announce her oppo­si­tion to Reid.

McCaskill wouldn’t say if she was con­sid­er­ing a run for gov­er­nor, which many spec­u­lated was her moti­va­tion. She said her “only” con­cern is Fer­gu­son, where racial ten­sions erupted this summer.

The second-​term Mis­souri Demo­c­rat said before lead­er­ship elec­tions Thurs­day that Reid, who has led his cau­cus since 2005, would not get her support.

From Doug Mat­a­co­nis at out­side the belt­way,Noah Roth­man at Hotair, Peter Sul­li­van at The Hill and oth­ers con­sid­ered this worth pix­els writ­ing sto­ries about trou­ble in the Demo­c­rat cau­cus in the Sen­ate even though Reid was again voted head of their caucus.

How­ever Claire McCaskill move isn’t about Harry Reid and Elec­tion 2014, it’s about elec­tion 2018.

You read that right, not elec­tion 2016, elec­tion 2018

Accord­ing to the US cen­sus Mis­souri has a black pop­u­la­tion of 11.7%. It has a his­panic pop­u­la­tion of 3.4% Addi­tion­ally while Democ­rats have been win­ning the Governor’s man­sion since Mis­souri have held the governor’s man­sion since 2009 both the House and Sen­ate in the state have gone Repub­li­can since 2003.

In other words Mis­souri has been trend­ing red and while the media has been giv­ing a lot of lat­i­tude to pro­test­ers in Fer­gu­son, riots by left lean­ing mobs and attacks on police are not likely to cause the state to turn any bluer any­time soon.

So see­ing the lay of the land and under­stand­ing that the next sen­ate elec­tion she is fac­ing is in a midterms she had to quickly estab­lish her inde­pen­dence from the two most unpop­u­lar Democ­rats in the nation, Harry Reid and Barack Obama.

While she has to thread care­fully on Fer­gu­son as she can’t afford to lose any of the black vote that the Demo­c­rat party is built on The Key­stone Pipeline vote will give her an excel­lent change to con­trast her­self with the pres­i­dent, you can expect a lot more of that soon.

How­ever being the very first major Demo­c­rat to pub­licly declare her­self opposed to Harry Reid is the best of both worlds. It made absolutely no dif­fer­ent in his elec­tion while gar­ner­ing head­lines across cable news and the inter­net so that in four years (or two if she decides to go for the Governor’s seat when some­one googles Harry Reid and Claire McCaskill those head­lines will make the case for her “inde­pen­dence” from the Wash­ing­ton lib­eral Democ­rats that Mis­souri vot­ers are reject­ing en masse.

That is exactly how to do it.

I may not think of Sen­a­tor McCaskill but If push­ing qui­etly back­ing Todd Akin didn’t con­vince you that she is among the most [polit­i­cally savvy mem­bers of the Demo­c­rat Sen­ate her per­for­mance yes­ter­day should do it.

I wish the GOP had more sen­a­tors as canny.

Update: Maybe Hillary with Politico’s help is plan­ning the same thing on offense vs Sen War­ren. More on that this weekend.

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Yesterday I lead with a piece on the #ObamaChinaDeal & the #ObamaEPARegulations and strongly suggested that the GOP get right up in front of this, first by attaching Obama’s name to it, second by pinning it and by extension Obama to them.

The idea being if you want to establish a meme or a message to the voting public it  needs to be started early then you can refer to it over and over during the course of months and years and create a fixed point of conventional wisdom, in this case:  “Democrats running in 2016 will be continuing Obama’s job killing policies.”

This is conservatism 101, if you want to accomplish things you have to plan and prepare well  ahead.

And that brings us to Claire McCaskill “big” news:

McCaskill was the first Democratic senator to publicly announce her opposition to Reid.

McCaskill wouldn’t say if she was considering a run for governor, which many speculated was her motivation. She said her “only” concern is Ferguson, where racial tensions erupted this summer.

The second-term Missouri Democrat said before leadership elections Thursday that Reid, who has led his caucus since 2005, would not get her support.

From Doug Mataconis at outside the beltway,Noah Rothman at Hotair,  Peter Sullivan at The Hill and others considered this worth pixels writing stories about trouble in the Democrat caucus in the Senate even though Reid was again voted head of their caucus.

However Claire McCaskill move isn’t about Harry Reid and Election 2014, it’s about election 2018.

You read that right, not election 2016, election 2018

According to the US census Missouri has a black population of 11.7%.  It has a hispanic population of 3.4%  Additionally while Democrats have been winning the Governor’s mansion since  Missouri have held the governor’s mansion since 2009 both the House and Senate in the state have gone Republican since 2003.

In other words Missouri has been trending red and while the media has been giving a lot of latitude to protesters in Ferguson, riots by left leaning mobs and attacks on police are not likely to cause the state to turn any bluer anytime soon.

So seeing the lay of the land and understanding that the next senate election she is facing is in a midterms she had to quickly establish her independence from the two most unpopular Democrats in the nation, Harry Reid and Barack Obama.

While she has to thread carefully on Ferguson as she can’t afford to lose any of the black vote that the Democrat party is built on The Keystone Pipeline vote will give her an excellent change to contrast herself with the president, you can expect a lot more of that soon.

However being the very first major Democrat to publicly declare herself opposed to Harry Reid is the best of both worlds.  It made absolutely no different in his election while garnering headlines across cable news and the internet so that in four years (or two if she decides to go for the Governor’s seat when someone googles Harry Reid and Claire McCaskill those headlines will make the case for her “independence” from the Washington liberal Democrats that Missouri voters are rejecting en masse.

That is exactly how to do it.

I may not think of Senator McCaskill but If pushing quietly backing Todd Akin didn’t convince you that she is among the most [politically  savvy members of the Democrat Senate her performance yesterday should do it.

I wish the GOP had more senators as canny.

Update:  Maybe Hillary with Politico’s help is planning the same thing on offense vs Sen Warren.  More on that this weekend.

 

 

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