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The Dems’ Disastrous Model (Calling voters stupid is a losing strategy)
National Review ^ | 09/30/2010 | Victor Davis Hanson

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 wouldn’t 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 he’s still too smart for us. Carter, who turns 86 on Friday, is hitting the news shows to explain why he remains America’s “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 doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on.” Instead, it falls for “a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s 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 husband’s 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 it’s not surprising, then, that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t 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 Frank’s best-selling 2004 book What’s 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, it’s 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 today’s liberals, the fact that the president hasto deal with so many Neanderthal know-nothings explains why he can’t, as promised, close Guantanamo, end “Don’t Ask, Don’t 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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democrats; disastrous; elections; model

1 posted on 09/30/2010 7:20:01 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Demonrat failure.


2 posted on 09/30/2010 7:26:46 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SeekAndFind
Liberals are at their core elitists who believe that average Americans are too stupid to make the “right” decisions in their lives and big government run by elites must force them to do the right thing. Congressional fiats force Americans to buy the right cars, light bulbs and toilets. The nanny state tells us what is good for us to eat, how to raise our kids and even the President tells us what TV networks to watch. Well the elites have a surprise in store...come November the ignorant masses are going to throw them out of power all over the country.
3 posted on 09/30/2010 7:30:24 AM PDT by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Kerry laments that “we have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on.”

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 what’s 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?

4 posted on 09/30/2010 7:30:24 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Remember in November. Clean the house on Nov. 2. / Progressive is a PC word for liberal democrat.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


5 posted on 09/30/2010 7:32:28 AM PDT by Soothesayer (“None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license...")
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To: Soothesayer

It is interesting that they are confident enough to insult Americans running up to an election.


6 posted on 09/30/2010 7:34:25 AM PDT by Texas resident (Outlaw fisherman)
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To: SeekAndFind
(Calling voters stupid is a losing strategy)

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.

7 posted on 09/30/2010 7:34:39 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: SeekAndFind

And not a single damn one of them would have any idea how to fill out and file a 941 Form.


8 posted on 09/30/2010 7:35:12 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't skipper a boat, Can't drive, Can't ski, Can't fly. But they KNOW what's best!)
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To: Arrowhead1952
is it true that kerry served in Vietnam?

He visited there, having won an all-expenses-paid trip, but I don't know that I would call it "served".

9 posted on 09/30/2010 7:36:02 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: The Great RJ

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.


10 posted on 09/30/2010 7:38:38 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (HEY, NAZI PELOUSY, ON NOVEMBER 2, WE WILL DRAIN THE SWAMP!)
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To: SeekAndFind

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!!!


11 posted on 09/30/2010 7:41:56 AM PDT by ontap
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


12 posted on 09/30/2010 7:43:40 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Texas resident

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.


13 posted on 09/30/2010 7:47:33 AM PDT by Soothesayer (“None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license...")
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To: SeekAndFind

people who think they are better than everyone else really bug those of us who know we are


14 posted on 09/30/2010 7:54:17 AM PDT by screaming eagle2 (no matter what you call it,a pre-owned vehicle,IS STILL A USED CAR!)
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To: Izzy Dunne
He visited there, having won an all-expenses-paid trip, but I don't know that I would call it "served".

I believed he served as a videographer and Purple Heart application filler outer.

15 posted on 09/30/2010 7:58:27 AM PDT by Minn
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To: SeekAndFind

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


16 posted on 09/30/2010 7:59:14 AM PDT by justsaynomore (Please help us put Herman over 30K fans - www.facebook.com/THEHermanCain)
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To: SeekAndFind

Deomcrat slogan 2010: Vote for us Stuipid!


17 posted on 09/30/2010 8:00:30 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG
John F Kerry
18 posted on 09/30/2010 8:04:36 AM PDT by Fred911 (YOU GET WHAT YOU ACCEPT)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


19 posted on 09/30/2010 8:10:23 AM PDT by Savage Beast ("You can -- even must -- yell 'fire' in a crowded theater. It just has to be the truth." J. Goldberg)
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To: Izzy Dunne

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.


20 posted on 09/30/2010 8:18:30 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Remember in November. Clean the house on Nov. 2. / Progressive is a PC word for liberal democrat.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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?


21 posted on 09/30/2010 8:29:26 AM PDT by Wee-Weed Up
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To: SeekAndFind

Intellectual superiority = When your scam worked


22 posted on 09/30/2010 9:14:51 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


23 posted on 09/30/2010 9:22:12 AM PDT by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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