I’ve been trying hard to restrain myself this morning, but I don’t seem to be able to, so here it comes.
The only people to blame for the rout last night are the Democrats.
I’m 41 years old, and for my entire life, the Democrats have been on the run. Even during those times when they seemed to have success, it was always short-lived. And they are always playing on the Republican turf and using their language to talk about our problems.
So the Republicans were obstructionist and disingenuous. So what? That’s not new. It was to be expected. If you weren’t planning for it, then you’re not a competent political party.
And looking forward, we can only expect more of the same. They’re not going to give up a winning strategy when it’s working. Their agenda in the House will first be to ruin the Obama presidency – then help the rich – then whatever else is left.
Republicans play power politics. Democrats talk nicely about policy, in Republican terms, and hope we can all get along.
I have friends who will tell me I’m being harsh and unreasonable. Harsh, perhaps, but what is unreasonable about demanding that a party stand up for what it believes in? No, this does not mean that you never compromise. That would be too Republican and certainly not liberal or civil. But it does mean that you clearly stand for something and for someone and stop compromising before you’ve even entered into the negotiations. And for crying out loud, take some time to think about how communicate it to the American people, in your own terms, so that they understand what they’re getting.
I have been baffled by the Democratic Party for decades now, and they never fail to deliver even more bafflement.
Sigh. Rant off.