Though polls show America doesn't need a lesson in why Republican policies should be rejected, there remain many ways to continue telling the country why policy proposals from congressional GOP should be shunned right now. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, for instance, gives us an 83 word version on CNN (h/t MyDD):
"The Republican answer to everything is tax cuts, we've tried it for eight years it hasn't worked for the economy, that's what they always say...Their answer is always tax cuts no matter what the question is and it simply hasn't worked. We've had eight years of deregulation, privatization and tax cuts for the rich and look where it's gotten us. It's not a surprise that this economy's in such bad shape because of those policies, we don't want to do more of them."
- Sherrod Brown
"I am hard put to take the advice or counsel of people who have followed policies that have put us deeply into debt and led to the weakest economy since the 1930s."
- Steny Hoyer
Here's my 3 word version, noting that rejecting Republican policies was what a recent event was all about:
"The 2008 Election."
- David Sirota (and 67 million other Americans who voted in November to reject Republican policies)
Now, Democrats can pick any of these versions of the message. But my message suggestion for the final stages of the stimulus negotiation is simple: They should resist the urge to voice yet more fawning odes to bipartisanship, and simply pick one of these messages, then take a deep breath, and repeat.