Is It Just Stupid Or Something Else?
Big Tent Democrat at Talk Left points out teh stupid:
Elizabeth Drew writing in Politico confirms what we have been seeing for months - the House Dem leadership is populated by fools. Consider this unforgivable ignorance:
[T]he congressional Democratic leaders don’t draw the same conclusion from Pennsylvania and also earlier contests that many observers think they do: that Obama’s candidacy is fatally flawed because he has as yet been largely unable to win the votes of working class whites. They point out something that has been largely overlooked in all the talk – the Ohio and Pennsylvania primaries were closed primaries, and, one key congressional Democrat says, “Yes, he doesn’t do really well with a big part of the Democratic base, but she doesn’t do well with independents, who will be critical to success in November.”
Ohio was an Open Primary. Indeed, the exit polling indicated that 69% of the Ohio vote was Democrats, 16% was Independents and 9% was Republicans. Clinton and Obama split the Republican and Independent vote equally. Clinton won Democrats 56-42.
Or is it really teh stupid to blame?
Recall, if you will, the nineties, when the Democrats last controlled the White House. When Bill was elected, one of his top priorities was health care reform. Hillary chaired his HCR task force, but the reform effort failed miserably.
There is much misinformation regarding that failure, almost all of it wrongly placing blame on Hillary. Among the actual reasons for the defeat of "HillaryCare" was the failure of Congressional Democrats to support it.
The same is true of other Clinton initiatives, such as ending the ban on gays in the military. Throughout the nineties, the Congressional Democrats failed to actively support Bill Clinton, and sometimes actively opposed him.
I've often wondered at the overt contempt of the Village Idiots for the Clintons, including so-called "liberal" members of media. Could these things be connected?
Clinton Derangement Syndrome was always considered mostly an affliction of the right-wing and members of the media. This election is causing me to suspect that CDS is far more pervasive that previously believed.
I think it has always afflicted the Congressional Democrats as well, although they kept it publically hidden. That would explain their past and current behavior, as well as the media's. The bootlicking sycophants of the Beltway media knew they had nothing to fear among the Democratic party elites.
Thankfully, the rank and file party members are not infected. Apparently the epidemic is confined to the Beltway.