October 22, 2004

#167: Preparing for Defeat – Amazing Disgrace

P. Krugman

Paul Krugman's column Voting and Counting (10/22/04) would be better headlined Preparing for Defeat – Amazing Disgrace.

But what's of more interest is that the Democrats' party line with regard to the upcoming election is becoming clear. Last weekend, Eric Holder, the former Reno Justice Department deputy and currently head of the Democrat's "election task force", made a revealing comment to Chris Wallace on Fox News. He said, "If all those who want to vote are able to vote and if all of their votes are counted, John Kerry will be elected president." Today Paul Krugman said similarly, "If the election were held today and the votes were counted fairly, Senator John Kerry would probably win." In other words, if Kerry loses two weeks from now, it will be because the Republicans cheated somehow.

What does one say to this?

We think the Republicans need to get over their tendency to take the Democrats as worthy counterparties for a reasonable discussion of these issues. In fact, the Democrats are a bunch of jerks transitioning from permanent majority status to permanent minority status and are behaving badly. The return of civility will have to a wait a new generation of Democrats bred to be proper minorities. Remember the inanities of the Ev and Charlie Show (after Sen. Everett Dirksen and Rep. Charles Halleck) on which they would appear at weekly press briefings and joke about their political impotence as the Republican leadership in congress?

Can anyone imagine Daschle and Pelosi ever doing this? No way! The Democrats need new leadership that accurately reflects their new political role and status.

[The Truth Squad is a group of economists who have long marveled at the writings of Paul Krugman. The Squad Reports are synopses of their discussions. ]

Krugman is pushing the "disenfranchisement of minority voters" line hard. It's pure BS; poor and black districts always have a higher percentage of spoiled ballots, no matter what the voting system. It's just an excuse-in-advance to not accept the results of the election. Actually, they have already admitted defeat. Admitted it by having Kerry run as a duck-huntin' God-fearin' gun-totin' cheese-steak-eatin' flag-salutin' terrorist-smashin' church-goin' reg'lar American guy....

As Hugh Hewitt said: "How do you ask a goose to be the last goose to die for a campaign stunt?  How do you ask a goose to die for a photo op?" 

Posted by John Weidner at October 22, 2004 9:53 AM
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