Why the Democrats Lost: Exhibit One

If Democrats continue to fulminate, we’ll continue to lack an effective opposition party to exercise oversight and check abuses on the federal level. Slate carries an example of how not to figure out how the Democrats can connect with enough Americans to win national elections:

“The reason the Democrats have lost five of the last seven presidential elections is simple: A generation ago, the big capitalists, who have no morals, as we know, decided to make use of the religious right in their class war against the middle class and against the regulations that were protecting those whom they considered to be their rightful prey–workers and consumers. The architects of this strategy knew perfectly well that they were exploiting, among other unsavory qualities, a long American habit of virulent racism, but they did it anyway, and we see the outcome now–Cheney is the capitalist arm and Bush is the religious arm. They know no boundaries or rules. They are predatory and resentful, amoral, avaricious, and arrogant. Lots of Americans like and admire them because lots of Americans, even those who don’t share those same qualities, don’t know which end is up. Can the Democrats appeal to such voters? Do they want to? The Republicans have sold their souls for power. Must everyone?”

2 Responses to “Why the Democrats Lost: Exhibit One”

  1. Adam Allouba

    Wow. Even by Slate’s often undemanding standards, that was outrageous. I wonder if Ms. Smiley has enough self-awareness to pick up on the irony of denigrating her relatives for harbouring “classic Republican feelings of superiority,” then writing things like “red state types … prefer to be ignorant,” or “red state types love to cheat and intimidate.” The arrogance oozes off the page (and onto my computer desk, where it’s making a mess).

    Tom: thank you again for a great seminar in Quebec. I’ve been trying to console a lot of friends lately with some reasons to be cautiously optimistic about the next four years. I’m not sure I’ve even convinced myself, but I choose to look on the bright side.

    – Adam

  2. Nicholas Weininger

    I wasn’t sure until reading that piece what, exactly, an Ann Coulter of the left would sound like. Now I know.

    Not that we needed any more proof that the desire for mental masturbation is universal…