So how did they do it? It's simple, take a position they know their opposition will reject, no matter how silly it is, and use it to make them look like they are against specific special interest groups. Here's an example: Let's say for example you come up with an idea to raise taxes to 100%. (The other day some liberal actually said that 91% is possible) Sounds stupid doesn't it? Well, believe it or not Obama believes this is a plausible idea. Remove all profit. The key to it is to go after folks that are supported by the opposition. During the 08' Democratic Party debates Obama was asked if he knew that raising taxes would cause a decrease in revenues would he still do it? He said of course. The point isn't to raise revenues but to punish a target special interest group, more commonly known as "The Rich". Point is what Obama is doing is driving a wedge between one group and another group. He knows that Republicans believe that raising taxes on job producers only causes more unemployment. Obama doesn't care. He simply wants to inflict "Social Justice" on the rich. He doesn't want to pay down the debt. His goal is to punish. He knows the GOP will fight him tooth and nail and all the while appear like they're for the rich. No, they aren't specifically for the rich. They support job creation. It just looks like they're supporting the rich. No poor man ever hired anyone, so they have to support the folks with the cash that makes job growth possible. As with every key special interest group Obama hasn't lifted a finger himself to help any of them directly except maybe unions. Not women, not blacks, not Hispanics. All he's done is shown them how much against them the GOP is. He has to lie his ass off to make this point but that never stopped him before. The GOP knows how damaging Obama's programs can be so they fight him. If they simply pulled the same stunt Democrats did when McCain tried to forge an amnesty bill it might fall apart. The Dems pulled a disappearing act. They let McCain do the dirty work and he and the GOP that fought him got the blame. The Democrats stayed out of it. In summary, Democrats like to come up with pie-in-the-sky ideas they know the GOP will fight because their ideas are reckless and expensive but the Democrats end up being praised and rewarded as a result. It can't work if the media doesn't support this nonsense mind you. That is the greatest tool they have in this fight. They start what are called "availability cascades", a term Cass Sunstein invented, better know as a bold-faced lie They repeat this bold-faced lie over and over again till it becomes a reality in the minds of supporters to the detriment of the Repugs. "Tax-cuts for the rich". "War on Women". "Equal pay". "Free Birth Control". "Global Warming". "The rich can afford to pay a little more". "The GOP is more white and more male every day". "Shovel-ready Jobs". "Green Energy". "Clean Coal Technology". "Tax-cuts for millionaires and billionaires (those who make over $200k) It's all a load of horse dung but that's how they do it. They play on their target's worst human traits. Unbending rightwingers, prejudice blacks, Hispanics, white liberals with an axe to grind. Envy, racism, bigotry, and hatred for those who are better off then they are. And the strange thing is it works almost every time. All you need to do is forget about truth, honesty and leave your principles at the door. Democrats in Washington believe the ends justify the means. It's easy for them. The results are obvious.