The thread continues to percolate through the Leftist (and Lamestream) Media. We apparently got stupid between November of 2008 and now. We just don't understand how BAD it would have been had The Chosen One not enacted his policies on the drive to Socialism. The message just needs to be s..l..o..w..e..r..and LOUDER.
TNR has such an opinion. We just don't get it. It's a problem with "proving the negative". If Ed Kilgore is designing the 2010 Strategy for Democrats, they are in REAL trouble.
On a variety of fronts, the Obama administration is suffering from an inability to show Americans the parallel universe in which its past policies were not enacted—and the future that will result if its current proposals bite the dust.
Not in the parallel universe it which I reside. But my planet has a blue sky, too. We see the unbridled spending as little more than pork and Big Government. Neither of which stimulates the private sector. We see huge debt as far as any of us can imagine. Debt my children and grandchildren will have to pay. We see railing against "evil" and "corrupt" Wall Street, followed by a bailout of and crony capitalism with the same. We see violence done to contract law when bondholders are shut out and auto companies are given over to Unions. We see policies that undermine the sovereignty and security of the United States.
Yes, we are just "stupid".
They do not, unfortunately, have such a convenient example that will help them explain the need for climate-change legislation, as conservatives, stupidly but effectively, cite this winter’s heavy snowstorms as disproof for the scientific consensus about global warming trends.
Apparently, Kilgore thinks we are SO stupid that we can't see the corruption and ineptitude of the (alleged) AGW "science".
Or should they focus on current Republican proposals, such as they are, which in many respects make Bush policies look pretty responsible? It’s hard to take both tacks simultaneously, since the extremism of contemporary Republican politics is in no small part motivated by a determination to separate the GOP and the conservative movement from association with that incompetent big spender, Bush, who failed because he “betrayed conservative principles.”
It takes some real "stones" to make the claim that Republicans are extreme, considering the actions of this administration. Although, it can be argued that Kilgore sees current policy as "Centrist", so from that point, one can see how he would view the free-market proposals of guys like Paul Ryan as "extreme". He also fails to recognize that, by some polls, nearly 70% of Americans agree with this "Right-Wing Extremism". Bush did betray conservative principles, as did Republicans in Congress. That's how the Left came to power. Republicans got stupid because their constituents failed to hold them accountable.
We're not stupid, the message isn't too hard for us to understand. We just don't like what we are hearing (and seeing).