Skip to comments.The Dems’ Disastrous Model (Calling voters stupid is a losing strategy)
Posted on 09/30/2010 7:19:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The bookish, twice-unsuccessful Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson once sighed that if most thinking people supported him, it still wouldnt be enough to get elected in America because I need a majority.
For some reason, Democrats have chosen to follow the disastrous model of Stevenson and not that of the feisty, man-of-the-people Missourian Harry Truman though the former nearly wrecked the party and the latter got elected.
Former president Jimmy Carter likewise seems to feel that hes still too smart for us. Carter, who turns 86 on Friday, is hitting the news shows to explain why he remains Americas superior ex-president and why more than 30 years ago he was so successful yet so underappreciated as our chief executive.
Most Americans instead remember a very different President Carter, who finished his single term with 18 percent inflation, 18 percent interest rates, 11 percent unemployment, long gas lines, and a world in chaos, from hostage-taking in Teheran to Soviet Communist aggression in Afghanistan and Central America.
Now, John Kerry who failed to win the presidency in 2004 and recently tried to avoid state sales taxes on his new $7 million yacht is voicing similar frustrations about Americans inability to fathom what their betters are trying to do for them. He is furious that an unsophisticated electorate might not return congressional Democratic majorities in 2010. Kerry laments that we have an electorate that doesnt always pay that much attention to whats going on. Instead, it falls for a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or whats happening.
In 2006, Kerry warned students that if they did poorly in school, they could get stuck in Iraq. He apparently had forgotten that soldiers volunteer for military service and are overwhelmingly high-school graduates.
In the 2008 campaign, Michelle Obama at one point said of her husbands burden, Barack is one of the smartest people you will ever encounter who will deign to enter this messy thing called politics.
That sense of intellectual superiority was channeled by Barack Obama himself when he later tried to explain why his message was not resonating with less astute rural Pennsylvanians: And its not surprising, then, that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who arent like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
During the recent Ground Zero mosque controversy, Obama returned to that Carter-Kerry sort of condescension. When asked about the overwhelming opposition to the mosque, the president felt again that the unthinking hoi polloi had given into their unfounded fears: I think that at a time when the country is anxious generally and going through a tough time, then fears can surface, suspicions, divisions can surface in a society.
The president often clears his throat with Let me be perfectly clear and Make no mistake about it as if we, his schoolchildren, have to be warned to pay attention to the all-knowing teacher at the front of the class.
Disappointed progressive pundits also feel this angst over having to deal with childlike Americans. Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson recently psychoanalyzed the falling support for the president by claiming that the American people are acting like a bunch of spoiled brats.
Thomas Franks best-selling 2004 book Whats the Matter With Kansas? lamented that uninformed voters were easily tricked into voting against their real economic interests.
When America votes for a liberal candidate, it is praised by the Left as intelligent and derided as dense when it does not. We were told not to worry that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner did not pay all his income taxes, since we were lucky to have someone so well educated and experienced in high finance.
Note that few Democratic candidates are running on the health-care bill they passed, promising at the time that it would be appreciated by a suspicious American public. More federal borrowing and amnesty are still pushed under the euphemisms stimulus and comprehensive immigration reform. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that the Tea Party was merely a synthetic, Astroturf movement. Professors and preachers may like such sermonizing. But for politicians, its a lousy way to get elected. Again, compare the relative fates of the patronizing Adlai Stevenson and the plain-speaking Harry Truman.
For many of todays liberals, the fact that the president hasto deal with so many Neanderthal know-nothings explains why he cant, as promised, close Guantanamo, end Dont Ask, Dont Tell, or do away with Bush-era renditions, tribunals, and wiretaps, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
But current polls suggest that these clueless and unappreciative Americans apparently believe that an elite education does not ensure their officials can balance a budget, pay their own taxes, or speak candidly.
What an outrageous How-dare-they! thought.
Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the author, most recently, of The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern.
On the contrary, juan kerry, we ARE paying attention what is going on, and we don't like what we see.
Instead, it falls for a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or whats happening.
Yeah juan kerry, those simple slogans really worked out for obozo and his "Hope and change" and "Yes we can". BTW, is it true that kerry served in Vietnam?
If they get away with the election fraud then they will be right after all. Only a stupid public would let it stand.
Everybody prepare for the worst.
It is interesting that they are confident enough to insult Americans running up to an election.
I like it on the rare occasions that the Dems are honest. They believe that all voters are stupid, including their own supporters (and they're right about their supporters). Let's not jump to conclusions about the outcome of this election until the Dems have given this tactic a serious effort. Maybe they just haven't called us stupid enough times for their methods to pay off.
And not a single damn one of them would have any idea how to fill out and file a 941 Form.
He visited there, having won an all-expenses-paid trip, but I don't know that I would call it "served".
If the dims want to continue to self-destruct, we can help grease the skids for their defeat. Novemeber 2nd will hopefully be the bloodbath we’ve been waiting on. Get rid of as many Rats and Rinos as possible.
Well....I myself being one of the great unwashed knows how he’s going to vote and it ain’t for these all knowing geniuses!!!
This is exactly right. Obama can blame Bush and the Republican boogiemen all he wants. The bottom line is that it’s the American people who don’t want what they’re selling.
I really don’t think they would do this unless they have ALREADY eliminated free elections.
These are professional con men we are dealing with here. The best of the worst.
people who think they are better than everyone else really bug those of us who know we are
I believed he served as a videographer and Purple Heart application filler outer.
No kidding... what about governor candidate Boy (King) Barnes who, in one of his commercials, called the entire state of Georgia a laughingstock of the nation.
I’m sure that earned him a lot of votes/s
Deomcrat slogan 2010: Vote for us Stuipid!
Gee...I don’t know, Vic. There must be a lot of Neanderthal know-nothings out there. Somebody voted for Adlai Stevenson, Jimmy Carter, John Kerry, et al.
LOL. He did get some rice grains embedded in his rear end too. I still get a kick out of his “Don’t you know who I am?” moments.
It used to be that Democrats would only attack their GOP opponents, and both sides ran on the side of the people. Now they are attacking the citizens who disagree with them. Looks like the beginning stages of Communism. Is this the hope and change we were expecting?
Intellectual superiority = When your scam worked
It is this kind of thinking that makes them such big fans of Sanger and eugenics, as well. That is something none of us should ever forget.