Democratic National Committee gets new logo, slogan
By JAMES HOHMANN | 9/15/10 3:27 PM EDT Updated: 9/15/10 4:20 PM EDT
Eager to bridge a daunting enthusiasm gap, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine recited a list of President Barack Obama’s accomplishments Wednesday to an auditorium packed with George Washington University College Democrats.
It came as he unveiled a new website, a new logo and a new slogan for his party: “Change That Matters.”
As he went down a longer list, Kaine spoke passionately of how Democrats delivered an economic stimulus (he would only call it “the recovery act”) and “the Affordable Care Act” (which is how he spoke of the new health law).
“And we’ll be talking about that as a signature achievement for generations to come,” the former Virginia governor said.
The declaration captured in miniature Kaine’s problem: Many incumbents on the ballot this November are not talking about those accomplishments he’s so proud of. In key races, Democrats have downplayed their votes for the stimulus and the health bill. Talking about them may lead to a standing ovation from liberal college students, but polls show the same issues driving large numbers of independent voters toward Republicans.