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Democratic Attacks, True to Form

Sunday, 06 January 2002 12:00 AM

Predicting what senior Democrats will do in any circumstance is easy.

If I could take my record-predicting Democratic behavior and transplant it to the racetrack, I would be rich.

There is no psychic ability needed here.

The Republicans could easily predict the behavior of Democratic leaders – and take preventive steps to cut them off at the pass, so to speak.

But they won't.

Earlier last year, when the economy began to falter, I anticipated that the Democrats would blame the coming recession on President Bush, though Clinton was clearly culpable for the economic mess Bush inherited.

Back then I encouraged Republicans to get out front and repeat the mantra that America was suffering from the "Clinton hangover" and, when the recession hit, the "Clinton recession."

My advice was not taken. One reason is that Republicans, like Democrats, often revert to form.

The Democrats have been the dominant political party in America since 1932. A variety of factors has led to this situation, but a primary one is their ability to seize every opportunity, unabashedly make every argument – and go for the political jugular without regard to circumstances.

This was apparent after 9-11.

Once again, the Republicans, who couldn't mutter the "C" word for the sputtering economy, couldn't mention Clinton and his negligence when it came to the catastrophic national security failure that led to the most horrific attacks by a foreign power on American soil.

I suppose the Republicans thought they were being honorable.

Still, early last fall it was only natural, with American troops just landing in Afghanistan, for the Democratic National Committee to take a different tack.

Instead of seeking national unity, the DNC released a new TV ad attacking President Bush and the Republicans, calling the current economic downturn the "Bush recession."

Realizing that President Bush has gained considerable popularity with his outstanding handling of the war on terrorism, the Democrats have no compunction in undermining the president.

Right now the Democrats know Bush's Achilles' heel is the economy. We are in a recession.

And, unbelievably to me, most Americans care more about the economy than about Bush's war on terrorism.

Recently, Public Opinion Strategies asked Americans what concerned them more, the economy or the war on terrorism. A majority, 53 percent, responded the economy, while 43 percent worried about terrorism.

Still, the survey had a silver lining. It found that many Americans realize the Clinton administration caused the current recession.

Though the Bush administration will not be able to turn the economy around anytime soon, and certainly not before the upcoming congressional elections in November, they could be out front educating the American people as to the cause of the recession.

Still, they won't mention the "C" word.

Meanwhile, the Democrats had a full court press from the moment the New Year hit. Democratic Senate leader Tom Daschle is out pointing fingers, blaming the evil Republicans and whining about the miniscule tax cut the Congress agreed to last year.

Why not? For Democrats, it's always the season for political war.

And the Republicans? They aren't back from holiday yet.

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