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Democrats' new strategy: Almost winning
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 7, 2005 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 08/07/2005 9:52:17 PM PDT by Saynotosocialism

The other day an official with a British teachers' union proposed that the concept of "failing" exams should be abolished. Instead of being given a "failing" grade, she said, the pupil would instead be given a "deferred success."

Oh, sure, you can scoff. But evidently the system's already being test-piloted in Howard Dean's Democratic Party. That's why the Dems' Congressional Campaign Committee hailed their electoral failure in last week's Ohio special election as a triumphant "deferred success." As their press release put it:

"In nearly the biggest political upset in recent history, Democrat Paul Hackett came within just a few thousand votes of defeating Republican Jean Schmidt in Ohio's Second Congressional District."

Yes, indeed. It was "nearly the biggest political upset in recent history," which is another way of saying it was actually the smallest political non-upset in recent history. Hackett was like a fast-forward rerun of the Kerry campaign. He was a veteran of the Iraq war, but he was anti-war, but he made solemn dignified patriotic commercials featuring respectful footage of President Bush and artfully neglecting to mention the candidate was a Democrat, but in livelier campaign venues he dismissed Bush as a "sonofabitch" and a "chicken hawk" who was "un-American" for questioning his patriotism.

And as usual this nearly winning strategy lost yet again -- this time to a weak Republican candidate with a lot of problematic baggage. Insofar as I understand it, the official Democratic narrative is that Bush is a moron who's nevertheless managed to steal two elections. Big deal. Up against this crowd, that's looking like petty larceny. After the Ohio vote, Dem pollster Stan Greenberg declared that "one of the biggest doubts about Democrats is that they don't stand for anything." That might have passed muster two years ago. Alas, the party's real problem is that increasingly there's no doubt whatsoever about it.

Fortunately, the Dems have found a new line of attack to counter the evil election-stealing moron. A few days ago, the Democratic National Committee put out a press release attacking Bush for being physically fit. It seems his physical fitness comes at the expense of the nation's lardbutt youth. Or as the DNC put it:

"While President Bush has made physical fitness a personal priority, his cuts to education funding have forced schools to roll back physical education classes and his administration's efforts to undermine Title IX sports programs have threatened thousands of women's college sports programs."

Wow. I noticed my gal had put on a few pounds but I had no idea it was Bush's fault. That sonofabitch chicken hawk. Just for the record, "his cuts to education funding" are cuts only in the sense that Hackett's performance in the Ohio election was a tremendous victory: that's to say, Bush's "cuts to education funding" are in fact an increase of roughly 50 percent in federal education funding.

Some of us wish he had cut education funding. By any rational measure, a good third of public school expenditures are completely wasted. But instead it's skyrocketed. And the idea that Bush is heartlessly pursuing an elite leisure activity denied to millions of American schoolchildren takes a bit of swallowing given that his preferred fitness activity is running. "Running" requires two things: you and ground. Short of buying every schoolkid some John Kerry thousand-dollar electric-yellow buttock-hugging lycra singlet, it's hard to see what there is about "running" that requires increasing federal funding.

Perhaps America could have a Running Czar or a National Commission on Running that would report back on the need for a Cabinet-level Runner-General. Perhaps Title IX needs to be expanded to provide a federal sneaker subsidy: a woman's right to shoes.

But I don't think so. Sitting behind yet another Vermont granolamobile bearing the bumper sticker "Bush Scares Me," I found myself thinking that perhaps the easiest way to reduce childhood obesity in American families might just to be to shout out, "Look! There's big scary Bush! Run! Run for your lives! No, wait, there's John Bolton, too! Better cut through the park before he puts his hands on his hips in an aggressive manner!" Indeed, when yesterday's coming man John Edwards dusts off his "Two Americas" stump speech -- the one with the heartwarming Dickensian vignette about the shivering girl whose parents can't afford to buy her a winter coat ($9.99 brand new from Wal-Mart) -- he might want to add a section about how an easy way for shivering coatless girls to keep warm is to run around the block a couple of times.

Speaking of shivering coatless girls in Bush's America, spare a thought for the underprivileged urchins of the Bronx. The Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club, a nonprofit social-services organization in New York, receives millions of dollars in government funds to give disadvantaged youth in poor neighborhoods a leg up the ladder of life. But mysteriously much of the money wound up being diverted to the coffers of Air America, the liberal talk-radio network whose ratings are yet another example of "deferred success." The needs of disadvantaged Al Franken and his pals apparently outweigh those of Bronx welfare recipients. Perhaps Janeane Garofalo is the coatless girl John Edwards was talking about all those months. Air America looks like the broadcast version of the U.N. Oil-for-Food program, whereby money earmarked to save starving moppets somehow winds up in the bank accounts of bloated self-described do-gooders with political connections.

The DNC's Bush-is-the-reason-your-kid-is-fat press release is a convenient precis of the party's problem: While he runs rings around them, the Dems lounge about getting flabbier by the week and telling themselves it's all his fault they can barely move except to complain about Bush's Supreme Court nominee's kid being overly cute. What's the betting for 2006? The Dems will have a few more "nearly the biggest political upsets," while the Republicans will have the actual political upsets -- a couple more Senate seats? Including Robert C. Byrd's venerable perch in West Virginia?

Republicans may see the increasingly arthritic, corpulent, wheezing, flatulent Democratic Party as a boon for them, but I don't. Two-party systems need two parties, not just for the health of the loser but for that of the winner, too. Intellectually, philosophically, legislatively, it's hard to maintain the discipline to keep yourself in shape when the other guy just lies around the house all day.


TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: dnc; hackett; losers; steyn

1 posted on 08/07/2005 9:52:17 PM PDT by Saynotosocialism
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To: Saynotosocialism

One of the best articles of the year.


2 posted on 08/07/2005 10:06:47 PM PDT by jveritas (The left cannot win a national election ever again and never will the Buchananites and 3rd parties)
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To: Saynotosocialism
Steyn on fire again! No one does it better. The best part was the teacher defining a failing grade as a deferred success. Ridiculous but true. I expect the NEA to latch on to that one, if they have not already.
3 posted on 08/07/2005 10:06:50 PM PDT by gpapa (Voice of reason from the left coast)
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To: Saynotosocialism

Coming in second means you're the FIRST loser. Maybe that's what has the 'RATS so excited.


4 posted on 08/07/2005 10:07:47 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (We did not lose in Vietnam. We left.)
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To: Saynotosocialism
[While President Bush has made physical fitness a personal priority, his cuts to education funding have forced schools to roll back physical education classes]


THIS is why the Democrats lose elections.

When President Bush increased education funding by 43% and the Democrats spent the next three years saying that he cut funding, you can't expect a majority of people to trust their integrity.

The Democratic Party has been selling itself to potential voters with blatant lies about their opposition, and in this era of multitudinous competing media, many of which report on Democratic dishonesty, they can't count on enough people buying into the phony fear-mongering to win them elections anymore.
5 posted on 08/07/2005 10:09:18 PM PDT by spinestein (The facts fairly and honestly presented, truth will take care of itself.)
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To: Saynotosocialism
"Sitting behind yet another Vermont granolamobile bearing the bumper sticker "Bush Scares Me," I found myself thinking that perhaps the easiest way to reduce childhood obesity in American families might just to be to shout out, "Look! There's big scary Bush! Run! Run for your lives! No, wait, there's John Bolton, too! Better cut through the park before he puts his hands on his hips in an aggressive manner!"

Another Steyn classic. Dang he is good!

6 posted on 08/07/2005 10:09:43 PM PDT by A message (RINOs and Democrats must be voted out of office for the safety of our nation.)
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To: Saynotosocialism

bttt


7 posted on 08/07/2005 10:16:31 PM PDT by prophetic ("I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things."--Dan Rather)
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bump!


8 posted on 08/07/2005 10:17:03 PM PDT by AmericanArchConservative (Armour on, Lances high, Swords out, Bows drawn, Shields front ... Eagles UP!)
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To: Saynotosocialism

Fantastic article, but already posted this morning: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1458593/posts


9 posted on 08/07/2005 10:17:55 PM PDT by luv2ski
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To: Saynotosocialism

"The Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club, a nonprofit social-services organization in New York, receives millions of dollars in government funds to give disadvantaged youth in poor neighborhoods a leg up the ladder of life. But mysteriously much of the money wound up being diverted to the coffers of Air America, the liberal talk-radio network whose ratings are yet another example of "deferred success." The needs of disadvantaged Al Franken and his pals apparently outweigh those of Bronx welfare recipients."

Socialism in a nutshell - Corrupt elites who steal from the poor.


10 posted on 08/07/2005 10:27:18 PM PDT by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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To: Saynotosocialism
"Democrats' new strategy: Almost winning Almost winning by faking conservatism

Bwahahahhaha

11 posted on 08/07/2005 10:32:40 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Saynotosocialism
LOL

as I understand it, the official Democratic narrative is that Bush is a moron who's nevertheless managed to steal two elections. Big deal. Up against this crowd, that's looking like petty larceny.

12 posted on 08/07/2005 10:33:18 PM PDT by GOPJ (A person who will lie for you, will lie against you.)
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To: A CA Guy

LOL

Instead of almost winning, I'd call it whinning.


13 posted on 08/07/2005 10:51:05 PM PDT by gpapa (Voice of reason from the left coast)
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To: Saynotosocialism

"a woman's right to shoes."

damn that is funny.


14 posted on 08/07/2005 11:00:09 PM PDT by Anti-Christ is Hillary (If Moreen Dowd can call herself a journalist than so can I.)
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To: A message

"Another Steyn classic. Dang he is good!"

He's so good, he makes me want to gag - over how much better he writes than I do. Boy, talk about green with envy. And he cranks it out.


15 posted on 08/07/2005 11:08:20 PM PDT by FastCoyote
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To: gpapa
The best part was the teacher defining a failing grade as a deferred success....... does that also mean LIBS ? that if my car " get's a failing grade " on my auto emissions test, that I'll just get a pass ? after all LIBS ? from your logic, my car failing the test, is just a " DEFERRED SUCCES " .
16 posted on 08/07/2005 11:39:30 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The ( FOOL ) hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: Fenris6
" Socialism in a nutshell - Corrupt elites who steal from the poor. " .... and I always thought, they were Robin hood minions, you know, stealing from the RICH and give to the poor, but, I guess, they can't help themselves, and must steal from the poor also.
17 posted on 08/07/2005 11:43:05 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The ( FOOL ) hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: Saynotosocialism

I don't know if it's any better than their old strategy of "Pretend winning."


18 posted on 08/08/2005 1:02:20 AM PDT by MikeHu
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To: Saynotosocialism

A howling Steyn piece. Definitely worth the double-posting.


19 posted on 08/08/2005 4:42:34 AM PDT by George W. Bush
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To: Saynotosocialism

I wish the Dems as many "deferred successes" as possible in the future.


20 posted on 08/08/2005 8:01:37 AM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (I alone, am the chosen one. Because I alone, did the choosing.)
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To: jveritas

Just when you think he can't get any better, Steyn tops himself. To quote Carly Simon: "Baby your the best!"


21 posted on 08/08/2005 8:31:02 AM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) (Unleash Karl Rove!!!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Coming in second means you're the FIRST loser. Maybe that's what has the 'RATS so excited.

Well, if for any reason Congresswoman Schmidt is unable to complete her term, the First Runner Up would become Congressman to fulfill the remainder of her term.

...Oh, what's that?... That's only for the Miss America pageant?

...Nevermind...

22 posted on 08/08/2005 11:17:56 AM PDT by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: Saynotosocialism

Classic Steyn.


23 posted on 08/08/2005 10:25:37 PM PDT by Utah Girl ("Keep your face to the sunshine & you cannot see the shadows" ~Helen Keller)
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