Democrats to candidates: Don’t talk about legislative accomplishments
Democrats coordinating electoral efforts across the country are encourging candidates not to talk about legislative accomplishments:
As Democrats fan out across the country to campaign for reelection this month, many are surprisingly quiet about their hard-won accomplishments — the major bills they have passed under President Obama.
In an effort coordinated with the White House, congressional leaders are urging Democrats to focus less on bragging about what they have done — a landmark healthcare law, a sweeping overhaul of Wall Street regulation and other far-reaching policy changes — and more on efforts to fix the economy and on the perils of Republican control of Congress.
One year after many town hall meetings were upended by raucous anti-government protesters, congressional Democrats are trying to ensure that this summer’s debate sheds a more flattering light on their party as they navigate a bruising midterm election campaign.
To bulk up their record on job creation, Democratic leaders have gone to great lengths — even calling House members back from recess for a special session Tuesday — to pass a $26-billion bill to avert public employee layoffs.
Talking jobs isn’t going to be easy for Democratic candidates either since Congress has passed the stimulus and other “jobs bill” only to see unemployment remain steady.
Focusing on unpopular legislative accomplishments probably isn’t a good idea when the generic ballot looks like this, although an unpopular president doesn’t help either: