I keep reading all these post mortems about the election. “What went wrong?” they ask. “How did we lose” they wonder. What must really be stinging the Left is that they bought into their own hype. I saw that coming.
From Terry McAuliffe advising Democrats to bombard online polls after the debates to make it appear Kerry/Edwards won in landslides. They called it “Proof John Kerry won the debates”, despite the fact that the DNC had ordered Democrats around the country to take part in a public relations campaign for the sole purpose of creating an appearance of momentum for Kerry/Edwards.
And it worked. They got MSM to buy into their skewed polls and declare Kerry/Edwards the winners of the debates. And then they bought it themselves. How completely sad.
Evan Thomas even said,
“Letï¿½s talk a little media bias here. The media, I think, wants Kerry to win. And I think theyï¿½re going to portray Kerry and Edwards ï¿½ Iï¿½m talking about the establishment media, not Fox ï¿½ but theyï¿½re going to portray Kerry and Edwards as being young and dynamic and optimistic and all. Thereï¿½s going to be this glow about them that some, is going to be worth, collectively, the two of them, thatï¿½s going to be worth maybe 15 points.ï¿½
But the Democrats still wonder how they could lose. Afterall, they’d sold themselves on the fact that Bush was a “moron,” an “idiot,” a “bumbling hick.” Then Tom Brokaw sprung a winner on John Kerry in the final moments of the campaign - that Bush actually had a higher IQ than the good senator from Massachusetts. Oops. Welcome to reality.
But even with that little hiccup, which barely went noticed anyway, the Left truly bought into their own theory that Bush was dumb - simply because they disagreed with him. These snotty liberal elitists just couldn’t fathom that someone would disagree with them AND have a brain. They’ve bought into their own manufactured self-worth. That’s probably making this loss even harder on them. Pity.
They thought the kids would buy their mantra. They thought they could tap into the natural rebellion instinct of young Americans. And if that didn’t work, they figured they’d just lie through their teeth to scare the kids into voting. They repeated the talking points about a military draft despite the fact it was their own side advancing such legislation. They actually started talking about the draft as if they really believed it would happen… after repeating it so many times in their heads, I guess.
They continued to pander to blacks about the racist Republicans, while failing to realize the President was building a record of success with minorities - from home ownership rates to important appointments in his Administration. They continued to believe their own spin that Republicans were the racists while they kept people like Robert Byrd in their warm embrace.
They reminded us that Bush was spending too much, but kept forgetting Kerry’s plans were even more expensive - so expensive, in fact, Kerry promised to break his campaign promises… 7 months before the election! Now there’s a strategy of trust.
They were so excited about the job losses, repeating ad nauseum the “Herbert Hoover” line. But they failed to acknowledge the obvious fact most Americans saw - that the recession was coming before Bush took office, the 9/11 and the corporate scandals being uncovered piled on to the downturn… and that the economy was still making an historic recovery. They had convinced themselves that the economy was horrible. Maybe it’s hard to know what the economy feels like when you’re either pampered by lobbyists in Washington or island hopping with your other Hollywood friends.
All in all, the Democrats are now faced with a choice - end the denial or continue to lose. No matter how much you hate the truth, in the end it always prevails. Thank God.