Best Strategy to Date to Get Congress Moving

Just out is a new ad (previewing on YouTube) which is going to make Congress personnel accountable for their”nay” votes on the Economic Stimulus.  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the lawmakers will have to answer to their constituents.

Politico announced this is their posting entitled “White House plans hardball”

Here’s the short video ad:

And here are excerpts from the Politico Posting:

White House plans hardball

1/29/09 9:39 AM EST

Pushing back against the unanimous House Republican vote against President Obama’s stimulus plan, the White House plans to release state-by-state job figures “so we can put a number on what folks voted for an against,” an administration aide said.

“It’s clear the Republicans who voted against the stimulus represent constituents who will be stunned to learn their member of Congress voted against [saving or] creating 4 million jobs,” the aide said.

And a Democratic official added: “We will run campaigns in their districts.

And later today, MoveOn, Americans United for Change, AFSCME and SEIU will be announcing a new ad campaign targeting moderate Republican senators who might support the stimulus — Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Charles Grassley of Iowa.

Letters on the screen say: “Tell Congress to support the Obama Plan.” The president met privately with House Republicans at the Capitol, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had a private White House dinner for House GOP moderates, and the President had members of both parties and both chambers over for cocktails last night.

Although a tactical triumph, the vote poses a risk to Republicans in the long run, with Democrats able to portray them as the party of “no” at a time when voters are hurting. Some House Republicans are likely to try to dilute the political risk by voting for the final version of the stimulus package after it passes the Senate.


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