Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine today will announce a new party initiative aimed at defining the Republicans who want to win control of Congress as tea partiers who want to repeal everything and abolish federal agencies.
This is brilliant politically. Running against the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement puts the GOP in the position of having to distance themselves from their base. The problem is that it isn’t accurate. I don’t think anyone is worried about the GOP actually repealing or eliminating any major federal programs. My second concern is that this is much like the GOP tactic of attaching mainstream democratic positions with outside fringe elements like MoveOn or perennial boogie-man George Soros.