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They still don't get it
NY Post ^ | November 3, 2010 | George F. Will

Posted on 11/04/2010 2:31:31 AM PDT by Scanian

Unwilling to delay until tomorrow mistakes that could be made immediately, Democrats used 2010 to begin losing 2012. Trying to pre-emptively drain the election of its dangerous (to Democrats) meaning, all autumn Democrats described the electorate as suffering a brain cramp, an apoplexy of fear, rage, paranoia, cupidity -- something. Any explanation would suffice as long as it cast what voters were about to say as perhaps contemptible and too trivial to be taken seriously by the serious.

It is amazing the ingenuity Democrats invest in concocting explanations of voter behavior that erase what voters always care about, and this year more than ever -- ideas. This election was a nationwide recoil against Barack Obama's idea of unlimited government.

The more he denounced Republicans as the party of "no," the better Republicans did. His denunciations enabled people to support Republicans without embracing them as anything other than impediments to him.

He had defined himself as a world-class whiner even before Rahm Emanuel, a world-class flatterer, declared that Obama had dealt masterfully with "the toughest times any president has ever faced" -- quite a claim, considering that before the first president from Illinois was even inaugurated, seven of the then-34 states had seceded. Today's president from Illinois, a chronic campaigner and incontinent complainer who is uninhibited by considerations of presidential dignity, has blamed his difficulties on:

George W. Bush, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, the Supreme Court, a Cincinnati congressman (John Boehner), Karl Rove, Americans for Prosperity and other "groups with harmless-sounding names" (Hillary Clinton's "vast right-wing conspiracy" redux), "shadowy third-party groups" (they are as shadowy as steam calliopes), the US Chamber of Commerce and, finally, the American people. They have deeply disappointed him by being impervious to "facts and science and argument."

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blamegame; democrats; excuses; voters

1 posted on 11/04/2010 2:31:33 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

You cut off the article right where it really started to get good.
George Will abruptly morphs into Glenn Beck.


2 posted on 11/04/2010 2:43:14 AM PDT by counterpunch (“Some election nights are more fun than others” — Baraq Hussein 0bama)
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To: counterpunch

It is called the 300-word excerpt rule.


3 posted on 11/04/2010 2:47:41 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian
Actually, as the distilled essence of progressivism, he should feel ratified by Tuesday's repudiation. The point of progressivism is that the people must progress up from their backwardness. They cannot do so unless they are pulled toward the light by a government composed of the enlightened -- experts coolly devoted to facts and science.

This, and the following paragraph go even further to explain progressive thought than anything I've heard Beck present.

4 posted on 11/04/2010 2:48:41 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Scanian
The more he denounced Republicans as the party of "no," the better Republicans did.

That was my thought. It's too bad we didn't have another month. We probably would have won the Senate.

5 posted on 11/04/2010 2:54:16 AM PDT by HarleyD
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To: Scanian

I’m just sayin’.
Just when you thought you couldn’t hate Hussein any more...
Everyone needs to read the full article.


6 posted on 11/04/2010 2:54:31 AM PDT by counterpunch (“Some election nights are more fun than others” — Baraq Hussein 0bama)
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To: Scanian
Today's president from Illinois, a chronic campaigner and incontinent complainer who is uninhibited by considerations of presidential dignity...

Brilliant!

7 posted on 11/04/2010 2:57:51 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Scanian
"THEY STILL DON'T GET IT!"

And they never will, and that is a good thing.

8 posted on 11/04/2010 2:58:30 AM PDT by DeaconRed (I sold all my Gold and bought lead. . . Lots of lead. . . .)
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To: counterpunch

At least obama has transformed the Democrat Party to the Communist Party. Now we can isolate them and attack.


9 posted on 11/04/2010 2:59:19 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (the way to win this game is not to play)
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To: Scanian

somehow, the extremely intelligent (according to them) liberals cant figure out why they got crushed.
they think they just didnt get their message out clearly enough for the stupid voters to understand. hahaha, they cant comprehend the idea that their message was clearly understood, and rejected.

oh well, sucks to be them. I just hope they spend the next 2 years “clarifying” their message. so much for Carville’s 40 year democrat reich.


10 posted on 11/04/2010 3:14:20 AM PDT by tm61 (somewhere in chicago, a ward is missing it's crook)
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To: screaminsunshine

0bama didn’t transform theDemocrat party into the Communist party.
He and his party merely began to believe that his election signified that Democrats no longer needed to hide their true intentions.


11 posted on 11/04/2010 3:18:38 AM PDT by counterpunch (“Some election nights are more fun than others” — Baraq Hussein 0bama)
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To: Scanian
"These ideas," Boudreaux says, "are almost exclusively about how other people should live their lives. These are ideas about how one group of people (the politically successful) should engineer everyone else's contracts, social relations, diets, habits, and even moral sentiments." Liberalism's ideas are "about replacing an unimaginably large multitude of diverse and competing ideas . . . with a relatively paltry set of 'Big Ideas' that are politically selected, centrally imposed, and enforced by government, not by the natural give, take and compromise of the everyday interactions of millions of people."

Liberals/Progressives are forever whining about how the "religious right" wants to "impose" it's views on everyone.

Here is my view: "There are none so blind as they that will not see."

Everything in the "progressive agenda" is about imposing views, behavior, habits, lifestyles, commodes, light bulbs, automobiles, houses, banks, menus, EVERYTHING, on others.

They don't want to inspire, they want to dominate, and control ... and at the base of their psychology is the belief that their intellectual superiority makes them singularly capable of divining and defining and directing the behavior of everyone through a leviathan central government.

The reaction of the electorate in this election was not about a lack of understanding of the lofty goals of progressives ... exactly the opposite. We understand them all to well.

12 posted on 11/04/2010 3:22:39 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: spodefly
Liberals/Progressives are forever whining about how the "religious right" wants to "impose" it's views on everyone.

As a rule, if liberals/regressives are complaining about it, it's because they are already doing it themselves. If they complain about greed, it is because they are already salivating over taking more of your paycheck. If they complain about foreign money funding political campaigns, it's because they are already taking in foreign money by the boatload. If they complain about corporate influence in government, it's because they are already allowing Citibank and Goldman Sachs call the shots. And as they now complain about the American people being stupid, uninformed, and not understanding what a wonderful job the Democrats have done over the last two years, it's because they were counting on the American people to really be ignorant and not understanding exactly how badly they were being screwed.

13 posted on 11/04/2010 3:35:26 AM PDT by Hoodat ( .For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.d)
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To: Scanian

George Will will get dyspepic in Amampour’s Sunday morning panel having to listen to the liberals whine about stupid voters not appreciating the genius that is Barrack Obama.


14 posted on 11/04/2010 3:38:28 AM PDT by AU72
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To: tm61

Well, I think a lot of them ARE possessed of inordinately high intelligence.

Take Alan Grayson, for instance. Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Harvard in 3 years. But has there ever been a more unbalanced congressman?

The trouble, I think, is the “know it all” attitude that often comes with being thought of as the “smartest guy in the room” wherever you go.

They certainly think they know better than the voters who put them where they are.


15 posted on 11/04/2010 3:41:57 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: HarleyD

Failure to win more Senate seats was disappointing but it occurs to me that the 2 new Democrat senators elected did so by almost running away from 0bama. Manchin tried disassociating himself from the far left policies. In my state Blumenthal had rallies with 0bama but his TV ads and debate performances never mentioned him. In fact he seemed to run against “Washington.” Whatever that means. But he surely did not embrace the current administration or congressional leadership. Even if he had, he would have won anyway as too many people in this state cast their knee jerk votes for Dems no matter what.

It was no surprise that Demo states would reelect Mikulski, Boxer, Wyden, Schumer, and probably Murray. Colorado is a huge disappointment though.


16 posted on 11/04/2010 3:42:56 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: Scanian

It’s the difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is a wonderful thing, but if you don’t know how to use it appropriately, it’s worthless.

CC


17 posted on 11/04/2010 4:19:30 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Video, toto! infundibulus nimbus est!)
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To: spodefly
Liberals/Progressives are forever whining about how the "religious right" wants to "impose" it's views on everyone.
And that right there says it all: I'm almost 60 years old and in my life I have never had the religious anything impose its views on me. Leftie scumbags, on the other hand, have imposed on me since I was old enough to realize it.


18 posted on 11/04/2010 4:20:06 AM PDT by Peet (Leftists think personal liberty is so important it must be carefully rationed.)
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To: Scanian
The trouble, I think, is the “know it all” attitude that often comes with being thought of as the “smartest guy in the room” wherever you go.

It is easier to be the smartest guy in the room when your mind is not restrained by conscience, dignity, and generosity of spirit.

I have known a lot of guys similar to Grayson. His intellect is narrow and his personal desires are at the center of it.

He is not so much "alpha dog" as he is "rogue elephant."

19 posted on 11/04/2010 4:26:12 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (Obama to Dems: 'Those GD American voters stole the election!')
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To: tm61
The silly notion that Democrats failed because they did not get their message right is given the lie by Will's article. As progressive leaders they did what they needed to do. They presented as a fait accompli a radical takeover of the private sector. No amount of messaging can convince freedom loving Americans that this is desirable.

Inadequate messaging is the cover story. The truth is that they were unprepared to sufficiently corrupt the election process to get their desired results. Only in a few critical instances did this succeed, notable AR, IL and CA. Even there their success was not complete. They have a lot more work to do.

Since most of the Progressive's efforts now must be surreptitious they are in a perfect position to bring their base, the unions, into a national effort to undermine the 2012 elections without undue scrutiny. They have the entire branch of the executive federal government fully engaged on their behalf. Look for it and you will find the tendrils of corruption growing like a fungal root system into every nook and cranny of the electorate process.

Democrats are not mortally wounded. They are not even substantially injured. They are merely out of public view for a long enough season to accomplish their next task.

20 posted on 11/04/2010 4:38:21 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (The American Revolution is just as unpopular with statists today as it was at our founding.)
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To: Scanian
It is amazing the ingenuity Democrats invest in concocting explanations of voter behavior that erase what voters always care about, and this year more than ever -- ideas.

These are the laws of the left which no one dare break. Explains everything they do and say (lie about).

I Thou shalt create an illusion of invulnerability shared by most members to foster excessive optimism and encourage extreme risks taking

II Thou shall not allow any member to question the group’s inherent morality, instead members shall be encouraged to ignore the ethical or moral consequences of their decisions

III Thou shalt promote collective efforts to rationalize in order to discount warnings, or other information that might lead members to reconsider their assumptions before they recommit themselves to their assumptions

IV Thou shalt reinforce stereotyped views of enemy leaders as too evil to warrant genuine attempts to negotiate, or as too weak and stupid to counter whatever risky attempts are made to defeat their purpose

V Thou shalt self-censor any deviation from the apparent group consensus, inclining each member to minimize the importance of their doubts and counterarguments

VI Thou shalt create and maintain a shared illusion of unanimity concerning judgement conforming to the majority view

VII Thou shalt apply direct pressure on any member who expresses strong arguments against any of the group’s stereotypes, illusions, or commitments, making clear that this type of dissent is contrary to what is expected of all loyal members

VIII Thou shalt appoint mindguards to protect the group from adverse information that might shatter their shared complacency about the effectiveness and morality of their decisions

-Eddie01

21 posted on 11/04/2010 4:39:38 AM PDT by Eddie01
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To: Scanian

Yo, DNC: Sand!

Sam Kinison World Hunger (oldie—some language)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0q4o58pKwA&feature=related


22 posted on 11/04/2010 5:03:24 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Voter#537

Better stock up on popcorn, because the next 2 years you will begin to see them eat their own. The republicans controlling the House will put legislation forward to be voted on that will force democrats in the House and Senate to make a stand either with their constituents or with Obama and the radicals. Obama has little room to wiggle as he was propped up by the left to force through a strong progressive agenda, he is doomed to be a one-termer. The counter-revolution is on!


23 posted on 11/04/2010 5:49:14 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: Eddie01
Thank you for a most impressive list of progressive commandments. Their myopia is further enhanced by the ridiculous notion that Republicans will now be forced to cooperate with the progressive takeover of society.

“They can no longer be the party of NO” says Reid. Of course, the notion that the electorate wholeheartedly rejected the entirety of the progressive agenda is clear to them but they dare not validate such troglodyte sentiments. This bunch of mad tyrants must be torn out root and branch and heaped upon the bonfire of history's evil empires.
On a side note, we owe a debt of deepest gratitude to James H. Fowler, professor of both medical genetics and political science at the University of California, San Diego for ferreting out the liberal gene.
Just as fragile X syndrome results in mental retardation, Fowler has demonstrated that a genetic fault line is coherent with liberalism, resulting in moral weakness as evidenced by those with this genetic defect engaging in promiscuity at an early stage in sexual development. Fowler expresses this as a high level of social activity in early adolescence. It is worth noting that progressives, who are notoriously incapable of acknowledging moral absolutes, are adamant that their subjectively derived morals must be enforced upon society at large. They do this to prevent conservative morals from influencing society.

24 posted on 11/04/2010 6:02:31 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (The American Revolution is just as unpopular with statists today as it was at our founding.)
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To: Scanian

bttt


25 posted on 11/04/2010 7:08:50 AM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: Rummyfan
Today's president from Illinois, a chronic campaigner and incontinent complainer who is uninhibited by considerations of presidential dignity...

Brilliant!

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I second that -- Brilliant!

26 posted on 11/04/2010 7:27:23 AM PDT by twyn1
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