July 12, 2010
You know a party is in trouble when it focuses on destroying the other party.
The Washington Post reports Democrats are more aggressive than in recent years in trying to dig-up dirt on their Republican opponents. This is because they are losing the policy battle as opinion polls increasingly show. President Obama's approval rating among key independent voters has dropped to 38 percent. Polls show disapproval of Congress is at record high levels.
Opposition research has long been a part of politics. Both parties do it. But when it becomes the central theme in a political race to the extent that a debate on such things as health care, the national debt and Afghanistan are muted, then it is not just a distraction; it is a type of cover-up of the real issues.
Democrats are trying to shift the debate from national issues to local issues. It won't work. The country is increasingly fed-up with a government that spends and taxes too much. Let's hope that anger is still there in November.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.