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Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Dems’ True Colors

As we get closer and closer to the election, the Democrats are getting nastier and nastier.  Pennsylvania is having an election to replace John Murtha.  The race is between Murtha’s district director, Mark Critz and businessman Tm Burns.  Burns is a supporter of the Fair Tax.  And while I don’t support the Fair Tax, last night saw the uncorking of Mark Critz’s latest pack of shameless lies related to it.  He is claiming that Burns wants to eliminate corporate taxes and impose a additional 23% sales tax on the middle class.  This is all kinds of bullshit.  As much as I oppose the Fair Tax, it replaces the existing tax system.  It’s not on top of it.

I’d say this was an isolated incident, but I’ve spent most of the last week documenting the nasty and deceptive ads that Democrats are unveiling.  They falsely claim Sharron Angle wants to “phase out” Social Security; they deceitfully claim that Pat Toomey wants to give our jobs to those foreign Chinese devils; they bizarrely claim that Marco Rubio—a child of Cuban immigrants—is “anti-Latino”.  Over and over again we’re seeing the Party of Enlightenment and Tolerance use campaign tactics that would make Karl Rove blush.

I’d say this was garden variety nasty politics, but it really isn’t.  The Democrats have accomplished most of their legislative goals over the last two years.  If a Republican Congress has that kind of record, you can bet they’d be running on it.  But, of course, the Democrats can’t run on that record because that record is the reason they’re trailing in the polls.  So they’re going negative, trying to scare people about the supposed extremism of the GOP.  It’s the same tactic the GOP used when it was time to cover up their shitty record, only more so.

But what these negative ads are revealing is not so much the extremism of the GOP but the utter contempt that the Democrats have for the American people. These are not the ads of a party that is scared; they are the ads of a party that is angry.  They’re simply furious that the American people don’t realize how wonderful our Democratic overlords are. This sentiment perhaps found its apotheosis in Obama’s recent statement that Americans are voting Republican because they are scared and not thinking clearly.  Krauthammer rips this apart to show what the President is really saying:

Here Obama has spent two years bestowing upon the peasantry the “New Foundation” of a more regulated, socially engineered and therefore more humane society, and they repay him with recalcitrance and outright opposition. Here he gave them Obamacare, the stimulus, financial regulation and a shot at cap-and-trade—and the electorate remains not just unmoved but ungrateful.

Faced with this truly puzzling conundrum, Dr. Obama diagnoses a heretofore undiscovered psychological derangement: anxiety-induced Obama Underappreciation Syndrome, wherein an entire population is so addled by its economic anxieties as to be neurologically incapable of appreciating the “facts and science” undergirding Obamacare and the other blessings their president has bestowed upon them from on high.

I would add that Obama has got it upside down.  People are not stampeding to the Republicans because they suddenly love Republicans or are scared. We don’t like the Republicans either (their poll numbers remain low).  We haven’t forgiven them for a decade of mismanagement.  But it turns out we like the Democrats even less.  Harsanyi explains why we’re hoping for a GOP victory even though the party is rife with anti-intellectual populism, creationism and witch denial.

Do I wish there were more articulate and intellectual free-market candidates? Sure, I do. But, alas, Americans are in no mood for know-it-alls who think sailing is a sport.

Do I wish that science-challenged believers would resist the urge to raise their hands when asked if they believe the world is 5,000 years old? God, yes. But an election offers limited choices. Take Delaware, where voters can pick a candidate who had a youthful flirtation with witchcraft or one who dabbled in collectivist economic theory.[Hal - it bears repeating that this is based on a joke Coons made, not on any policies.]

Only one of these faiths has gained traction in Washington the past few years. And as far as I can tell, there is no pagan lobby.

Do I wish that Colorado senatorial candidate Ken Buck hadn’t declared that being gay was a choice (as if there’s something wrong with choosing to be gay)? Yes. Do I wish he hadn’t followed up by comparing a gay genetic predisposition with alcoholism?

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Those who believe being gay is a choice are Neanderthals. The enlightened trust science. That’s why the president appointed a science czar, people. A science czar who co-authored a textbook arguing for mass sterilizing of Americans to prevent an imagined population bomb. You know, “science.”

God has no place in this faith. That’s not to say that Yahweh has anything on our president, who once claimed future generations would see his election — Goliath government — as the point in history where we finally started “healing the sick” and “the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal . . . .”

Now, that’s the kind of faith-inflected lingo we slack-jawed yokels can comprehend. Otherwise, the left’s plans are just too darn complex for us to appreciate.

The problem for the Democrats is not, as our President says, that “facts and science do not seem to be winning the day”.  The problem is that facts (although maybe not science) are.  Unemployment is at about 10% and has not recovered the way Obama insisted it would.  That’s a fact.  The deficit is out of control.  That’s a fact.  Insurance costs are already rising and child-only policies have been cancelled.  That’s a fact.

The electorate is not filled with bitter clingers or deranged psychos.  It’s filled with people who see our government moving in a disastrous direction. It’s filled with people who have watched the Democrats’ rosy predictions fail while the predictions of their critics have been born out.  And they are responding accordingly.  They are responding the way they did in 2006 and 2008 --- by whomping the party in power with the nearest blunt object: the ballot box.

Sorry, Democrats.  You can rant and rage and fume all you like.  We’re still hoping to give you the boot in nine days.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 10/24/10 at 06:19 AM in Elections   Election 2010  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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