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Michael Reagan: Democrats Have No One to Blame But Themselves

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Nov 2014 11:42 AM

Democrats need to take an honest look at themselves and stop blaming all of their failures on campaign spending, political commentator Michael Reagan said Wednesday on "America’s Forum," where he discussed the election results and the influence of the billions of dollars poured into races.

"It seems to be always the argument, like when the Democrats lose, it's always campaign spending," he said on the Newsmax TV program. "Some reason they lost other than maybe they just didn't have a message that was going to resonate or did resonate with the American people."

Democrats are stuck in the blame game, Reagan said, but with Republicans now in charge things should start happening.

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"They were fixing blame before even the elections," Reagan said. "Blame the Koch brothers, now blame Obama, let's find somebody to blame other than their lack of messaging and the fact, the lack of leadership, the fact that Harry Reid had over 400 bills sitting on his desk, never came up for a vote.

"Forty to 50 jobs bills sitting on his desk, never came up for a vote. Now, they'll be able to come up for a vote and be voted up or down. And now the veto pen moves from Harry Reid to the president of the United States, so people can actually see the kind of president, if they don't already know, the kind of president he isn't."

American campaign spending laws are out of whack, Reagan said.

"People ought to be able to give as much money so they want to anybody they want," he said. "And that person who gets the money that's running for office needs to just put that up on the Internet: 'These are the people who are supporting me,' and that's the way we did in California when my dad was elected governor twice.

"It has gotten to a point where it is, mostly I've seen, are those crazy, negative ads. But negative ads seem to work so we're inundated with those, and if anything's great about today is no more negative ads unless you live in Louisiana."

But spending made no difference in the North Carolina Senate race, according to Reagan, where Republican Thom Tillis beat the incumbent Democrat, Sen. Kay Hagan. That race shined a spotlight on the trumped up "war on women" by Republicans, he said.

"Spending allowed Thom Tillis to stay in the race and be able to answer the negativity going up against him in that race against Kay Hagan," according to Reagan.

"And it's kind of interesting when you look around the country today, the Democrat women were repudiated across America and Republican women were elected to office in America. So there goes your war on women.

"It's the same game that they've been playing all these years, and finally the American public said, 'we've had enough of this. It's time to get things done.' Now the Republican Party has a second chance, if you will, to really show the bold colors that they need to show."

When all is said and done, it all comes down to money, Reagan said, noting that unions spent $4.4 billion in this election cycle.

"You've got to be able to raise the money to be able to fight off … that union money that comes into these campaigns," he said.

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