TITLE

Strike Out

AUTHOR(S)
Crowley, Michael
PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;4/5/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 12, p17
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The author argues that attempts by U.S. Republicans to undermine Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry by emphasizing cultural wedge issues will likely backfire. For weeks, cocky Senate Republicans have been bragging about their plans to use cultural wedge issues like flag-burning to torment John Kerry. For all their tough talk, Senate Republicans can barely keep themselves organized, much less bring down the Democratic nominee. Indeed, lately it's Senate Democrats who have been on the offensive, successfully pressing issues central to Kerry's campaign. Republicans may have cultural issues, but Democrats have economic ones with more resonance among voters. It's true that the GOP has a long list of dicey cultural issues lined up for Kerry and the Democrats: flagburning, abortion, gun control, judicial nominations, and, above all, gay marriage. But, while they have some bite, none of these issues ever registers among Americans' top priorities. Democrats can counterattack with issues of their own that play straight into everyday voter worries: limits on worker overtime, job outsourcing, cheaper prescription drugs, the budget deficit, and the economy in general. Thanks to their issue advantage, Democrats have scored repeated guerrilla victories that play directly into Kerry's campaign message. Part of the GOP's problem is its tiny margin of control in the Senate. And, with deficits ballooning and Bush's approval ratings falling, moderate Republicans have become increasingly willing to defect on votes.
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