Writing about the bullying practices of Obama Democrats, Amity Shlaes observes:
In the past, politicians and policy thinkers tended to be magnanimous in victory. They and their friends focused, post- victory, on policy and strategy — not on trashing individuals.
It ought to be especially true this time, given what wonders are befalling the Democrats. Between Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania and Al Franken in Minnesota, it looks like the Democrats are in the process of making their Senate majority filibuster-proof. Then there’s the president’s new opportunity to mold the Supreme Court, with the resignation of David Souter.
Still, somehow, the magnanimity isn’t there. Indeed, the closer the Democrats get to total power, the nastier the commentators friendly to them have become.
She isn’t the first to wonder why the Democrats have been more bitter than magnanimous in the wake of their victories last fall. We’ve addressed this before. Byron York asked, “In time of victory, why is the left so angry?”
Shlaes suggests Democrats are acting out of weakness: “The party isn’t comfortable yet at the summit of political power.” She concludes by echoing a point familiar to readers of this blog:
Voters tend to tire the ad hominem approach. By smearing others, rather than putting forward ideas, the scribblers smear themselves instead.