Back in May, noting the absence of magnanimity about victorious Democrats, Amity Shlaes observed that 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. . . .
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.
Earlier today, wondering how Democrats who “own everything” can get away blaming “Republicans for anything” the folks at tehresistance alert us to a post over on Ace where Drew M. offers a similar observation:
Gee, why the sudden focus on a minority party with zero ability to actually block or even slow down the Democrats? Maybe it’s because his health care proposals are tanking with the public.
While that blogger believes the attacks are designed to divert attention from the shortcomings of the Democrats’ policies, I wonder if something else is at play. So many on the left, including the supposedly postpartisan President Obama ostensibly committed to a new kind of politics where everybody just stays “focused on doing the job instead of trying to figure out who you can pass blame on to,” just “need” to attack Republicans for their own psychological peace of mind and/or sense of self-righteous self-satisfaction.
Just like the scorpion, such venom is in their nature:
The story is simple. A scorpion asks a frog to carry him across the river. The frog is afraid of being stung. But the scorpion reassures the frog that, if stung, the frog would drown, and therefore so would the scorpion. The frog agrees. Halfway through, the scorpion stings the frog. They will both drown. The frog asks the scorpion, “why?” The scorpion says, “I’m a scorpion; it’s my nature.”