Democrats’ Difficulty Selling Success and a Midterm Midterm for the Tea Party

Jul 15, 2010 10:53am

Here is a look at what is on ABC's radar in Washington at the moment:

With some upbeat jobs numbers and a huge victory on the Wall Street reform bill, this should be a big day for the President, who travels to Michigan for a messaging trifecta:

1. Stimulus funds are still going out (just look at Jonathan Karl's expose of expensive signs). The President be at the groundbreaking of a new factory that benefited from $151 million in stimulus money.

2. the factory will makes batteries for Chevy Volts – renewable energy.

3. Its a new factory that will create jobs in economically hard-hit Michigan.

But as we noted in a piece today, Democrats are having trouble turning making their very real legislative accomplishments resonate with voters. Read Z. Byron Wolf's item on how Democrats could be succeeding their way out of office right here.

All is not smooth sailing for Republicans, however, whose growing pains with the Tea Party movement continue. 

Huma Khan takes stock of the Tea Party movement and give them a Midterm midterm on the varying degrees of success in challenging more mainstream Republicans. Read that report right here.

And in more sobering news, casualties in Afghanistan during the first half of this year are equal to casualties in all of 2009. Read Luis Martinez' report.

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