People love it when you lose

South of the border, the midterm election campaign season is finally grinding to a harrowing halt.  Some of the networks have already started their coverage of what’s expected to be a painful rout with majority Democrats getting beaten like a gong by a foaming-at-the-mouth GOP Class of 2010 (some of whom don’t believe in public schools).  Everyone loves a rumble… let the good times roll.

And afterwards, a month of analytic frenzy during which the hovering media will pick at the corpse of the Democratic majority to see if the entrails reveal What Went Wrong. Were the Democrats too liberal?  Too conservative?  Too moderate?  Too insistent on pursuing common ground with a pugnacious opposition whose only goal was uncompromising partisanship and aggressive self-promotion?

It’s the economy, stupid.  Don’t let anyone tell you any different.

If unemployment was at 4.5% and the Dow was at 14000, the Dems would be sailing back into office with maybe even a few extra seats.  Prosperity doesn’t bring out the angry-shouty in people like economic hardship does.  So really, it’s not too surprising that things are breaking badly for the Democrats this election cycle.

What is surprising, even amazing, is how deftly the authors of the economic cataclysm have managed to sidestep any of the material that’s hit the fiscal fan.   A fan that they, after all, were responsible for turning on.  Instead, they’re somehow the ones in the white hats, riding in to the rescue.

You’d almost think they knew this was coming, and it’s why they neglected to get more viable candidates in 2008.

Nah.

?

(*adjusts tinfoil hat*)

4 Responses to “People love it when you lose”


  1. 1 BrianWren Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 10:08 am

    What is surprising, even amazing, is how deftly the authors of the economic cataclysm have managed to sidestep any of the material that’s hit the fiscal fan. A fan that they, after all, were responsible for turning on. Instead, they’re somehow the ones in the white hats, riding in to the rescue.

    I know! The Democrats keep shouting that it was the Republicans who did this, when in fact, it is almost all the Democrats! It’s really too bad that the populace knows so little about economics and politics, so they can be lied to by the Democrats like this, but it is what it is. They hold presidents solely responsible for finances when it is the House of Representatives who handle that, and so on.

    But fortunately for (really) the world, the Democrats are not coming in in white hats, riding to the rescue, but rather, as you said, they’re being handed their hat (or handed something worse).

  2. 2 morleybolero Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    What the hell are you babbling about Brian? Get a grip.

  3. 3 J. A. Baker Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Were the Democrats too liberal? Too conservative? Too moderate? Too insistent on pursuing common ground with a pugnacious opposition whose only goal was uncompromising partisanship and aggressive self-promotion?

    Fixed, according to the rules of the Village Idiots™ in Your “Librul” Media™©®.

  4. 4 BrianWren Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Well, I think I would have to say that the Democrats were, in fact, to determined to not behave in a bipartisan fashion.

    Shortly after the election, some legislators were trying to change Obama’s mind on something, to get him to see the whole picture, and his response was, “Look: I won.” meaning that he didn;t have to listen to them AT ALL.

    The Democrats on more than one occasion sought to have meetings without even notifying Republicans that they were doing so.

    The Democrats were indeed pugnacious.

    The Democrats are far too eager to add power to the federal government, and then wield that power.

    Yeah, they were too liberal.

     

     

    morleybolero, it’s complicated (apparently).


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