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Tim Kaine’s Blissful Ignorance

Marc Ambinder offers a preview of the Democrats’ midterm election messaging, courtesy of an anonymous DNC official.

1) We’ve gone from recession to recovery.

2) We’ve made more progress in the war on terror in the last eight months than was made in the preceding eight years.

3) We’ve strengthened our relationships with our allies around the world.

4) Two million people or more have jobs today who wouldn’t have without the bold action taken by this President and Democrats in Congress.

5)We have the first Latina and only the third woman ever on the Supreme Court.

6)We’re using science and fact in policy making instead of ideology and politics.

7) We have the most transparent Administration in modern history, with tough ethics standards, and we are wringing the influence of special interests out of the policy making process.

8) . . .We’ve taken health care from crisis to reform.  It was a tough fight largely because of the vitriol and misinformation coming from the other side.  But, it was the right thing to do for this country. . .

Okay, so I think we can all agree that (5) is factually true (and materially irrelevant if the DNC weren’t also trying to exploit the immigration crisis in Arizona to court the Latino vote). And let’s err on the side of caution and call (1), (4) and (6) — science! — highly contestable. The transparency stuff in (7) doesn’t jibe with the perceptions of the White House Press Corps. And the foreign policy stuff in (2) and (3) is laughable. Iran is on course to go nuclear, our relationship with our key terror-fighting ally in the Middle East is in its worst shape in years, and such “successes” as there have been in the War on Terror (remember, Flight 253 happened) have almost invariably come as a result of sustaining Republican counterterror policies.

Oh, and you can probably guess how I feel about (8).

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