The Democrat strategy going into the fall is pretty straightforward: Scare the hell out of their base (their dim-witted, skittery, not particularly well-informed base). Scare the Hispanics by mischaracterizing Arizona’s immigration enforcement law. Scare the blacks by proclaiming the Tea Parties are racists and conservatives want to bring back slavery as New Left Martyr Shirley Sherrod claims. And, most importantly, scare the elderly by claiming Republicans want to take away their social security.
Harry Reid is using this line of attack against Sharron Angle. The Kentucky Democrats are using it against Rand Paul. Chris Matthews — following the talking points memo to a T — tried to trick Paul Ryan into emitting a sound-bite to the effect that Republicans would cut social security. This line of attack tends to work because senior citizens are notoriously greedy and stupid and they believe what the MFM tells them.
These attacks would be easy to refute if Republicans weren’t also so stupid. All they have to say is tell seniors that no one is going to touch their benefits, only those of future generations. Since seniors hate young people anyway, this would make an effective selling point.
The Republicans — if they were really smart — would paint the Democrats as delusional for acting as if the Social Security system can go on forever in its current state without massive reform.
But the main frustration in dealing with Republicans is how consistently frakking stupid they are.