When you associate only with your ideological confrères, you believe that all the really, smart people think exactly like you, such that when you see political trends moving against you, your natural assumption is that the people must be crazy. Or angry. Or didn’t have their morning cereal.
And now as poll after poll after poll after poll show Americans preferring the Republicans to the Democrats and preferring Tea Party ideas to Obama’s agenda, leading Democrats are casting about, looking for someone to blame or for a means to denigrate the opposition. And the latest to do so is the former long-term junior Senator from Massachusetts.
. . . taste the bitter fruit of impending defeat, courtesy of the man living off his second wife’s first husband’s trust fund. And what better time to bust out this photo than Halloween. It might be six years old, but it never gets old. A great way to rally the troops five days out of the impending tsunami–by insulting your own constituents.
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry unleashed a broadside Thursday against Republican “obstructionism,” saying the GOP and its talk-show allies have created a “period of know-nothingism” in the country.
“Thurston Heinz III’s swift boat has sprung a leak in the deep end again,” quips Doug Powers. “Strange — just a couple of years ago the country was brilliant, progressive and in a period of mass awakening, and less that 24 months later that same nation is ignorant and blind to the facts.”
And what is more, it puts the president in the position of assuming that opposition stems from ill motives, nefarious funding sources, racism, Islamaphobia, and ignorance. We don’t appreciate him because we are confused and scared. We are, in this view, recalcitrant children at best and an unhinged mob at worst.
Her colleague Peter Wehner finds that in “the last stretch of this campaign, invective is almost all [Democrats] have to offer. And as the magnitude of the impending defeat on Tuesday sinks in, Obama is becoming more brittle, more small-minded, and more mean-spirited.”
Meanwhile the president tells Latino voters that we’re “gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us”, leading the Apollo of punditry to remark:
This from a president who won’t even use “enemies” to describe an Iranian regime that is helping kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. This from a man who rose to prominence thunderously declaring that we were not blue states or red states, not black America or white America or Latino America — but the United States of America.
This is how the great post-partisan, post-racial, New Politics presidency ends — not with a bang, not with a whimper, but with a desperate election-eve plea for ethnic retribution. Nice.