Democrats spent the better part of George W. Bush’s tenure in the White House waiting for the market meltdown on September 15, 2008. They — and their allies — in the mainstream media really believed that his policies would destroy the economy, even as it hummed along after a mild recession early in his term.
It took the election of a Democratic Congress to help pave the way for the collapse, but no matter, they believed all along it was going to happen and so when it happened, it just had to be entirely W’s fault because they said it was.
And so it was with Obama’s election. Democrats kept telling us Republicans won elections not because of the merits of their ideas or the quality of their candidates, but because of their dirty tricks, angry voters, or just plain meanness and/or luck. Deep down, the people really supported the Democrats’ ideology and wanted bigger government with greater federal intrusion into the private sector.
So, when Obama won, with big Democratic gains in 2008, they finally, after 36 years, had evidence to prove what they believed all along. And that arrogance, Victor Davis Hanson believes, has led to their current predicament:
Had the Obamites been sober and circumspect after the 2008 election they would have realized that Obama had pulled off what McGovern, Mondale, Dukakis, and Kerry had not, due to a once-in-a-century perfect storm of about six events
[he then lists them]
Instead, Obama — egged on by obsequious advisers, an out-of-touch, hard-left base, and a toady media — decided that he had done what other Northern liberals had not, either because (a) the country was at last ready for European-style socialism, or (b) his singular charisma and talents could convince it that it was even when it was clearly not.
The result was that our Oedipus/Pentheus rushed headlong into socialized medicine, mega-deficits, needlessly polarizing appointments of the Van Jones type, and various federal takeovers, coupled with quite unnecessary editorializing about largely local matters — from the Skip Gates mess to the Arizona immigration law and Ground Zero mosque.
In each case, the supposed uniter deliberately weighed in on these controversies to quite unfairly demonize his opponents — “stupidly” acting police, Arizona xenophobes picking up children on the way to buy ice cream, Islamophobes wanting to deny religious liberty, etc
And now, as a result, voters are deserting him in droves, with the possibility “that his out-of-the-mainstream views and his polarizing style ofgovernance might well destroy Democratic congressional majorities for a decade.”
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