House Democrats kicked off their annual retreat here with a vow to improve the flawed messaging that contributed to the loss of their majority last fall.Maybe it's me, but what message does it send when you're hanging out at a glitzy resort?
The down-sized Democratic Caucus is meeting for three days at the glitzy Hyatt Regency resort on the shores of the Chesapeake, with the goal of figuring out what went wrong in 2010 and how the party can position itself on policy and politics for the next two years.
President Obama and Vice President Biden will be in Cambridge on Friday to address Democratic lawmakers, who will also hear from economists, message gurus and current and former colleagues. More than a half dozen panels will be devoted or related to messaging, underscoring the importance of boosting the party’s communications with the public.Message gurus?
Maybe one of those former colleagues will be this maniac. That sure would send the right message.
Typical message we're sure to hear about is how the public was too stupid too appreciate how benevolent the Democrats are.
“I said Madam Speaker, the problem with Democrats is we never give the public the chance to savor our victories,” Becerra said, as Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the assistant leader, nodded in agreement. “What we didn’t do was take the time to do tap-dances about what we had just done, but we did the work of the people.”Oh yes, a little more tap-dancing surely would have saved some House seats. Gloating about abominable legislation nobody wanted surely would have done the trick.
“Too bad we didn’t message it better,” he added.