June 27, 2012

What's the matter with Kansas?

Jonathan V. Last, Sore losers:

...But not surprising. Democrats and Republicans respond very differently to defeat. When Republicans lose — either at the ballot box or in the courts — they tend to have one of two reactions. Sometimes they set their teeth and moan about how the stars are aligned against them as the world rockets toward ruin and they stand athwart history shouting, “Stop!”  

Other times, they just blame each other. Republicans will tell you that John McCain, Bob Dole and George H.W. Bush all would have won if they had just been more conservative. Or more moderate. Or stronger on abortion. Or not as tied to the evangelical nuts. You get the idea: Republicans are happy to pin their failures on other parts of their coalition.  

When Democrats lose, however, they tend to place the blame a little higher. The Supreme Court is rigged. The election was stolen by Diebold voting machines. After John Kerry lost in 2004, Democrats snickered about an electoral map showing the “real America” being composed of the West Coast and Northeast. The rest of the map — the red states Bush carried — was dubbed “Jesusland.” The inference being that the real problem was with the American people.

All of which is why, facing the prospect of losing the Obamacare case, the left’s first instinct hasn’t been to blame a bad law. Or bad lawyering. Or even just bad luck. No, to the liberal mind there are no bad outcomes; only broken systems. (In the Washington Post, Jonathan Turley claimed the very possibility Obamacare might be struck down suggested we should rethink the structure of the high court. He proposes we start by installing 10 more justices.)

And so, later this week liberal Democrats will condemn the high court as a body no longer fit to adjudicate our nation’s laws. It will have to be reformed and remade before any American, anywhere, can sleep soundly.

Unless, of course, the court gives them the verdict they want. In that case, as Gilda Radner’s classic “Saturday Night Live” character Emily Litella used to say, “Never mind.”...

We are already seeing the return of the Carter-days line, "Is America Ungovernable?"

Posted by John Weidner at June 27, 2012 1:33 PM

Did you ever read that little essay the Unteachable Ignorance of the Red States that Jane Smiley wrote back in 2004?

Posted by: David Hoffman at June 27, 2012 6:43 PM

Here's the essay David Hoffman mentioned: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2004/11/why_americans_hate_democratsa_dialogue_8.html
It is as bigoted (as in a strongly held idea based on ignorance), snobbish, and holier-than-thou as anything that ever came out of a "red state".
I don't think that conservatives engage in this sort of condemning of an entire people.
If the Scots-Irish can be a stand-in for rednecks & hillbillies, the Scots-Irish were favored by Cromwell, who used them to occupy the Ulster plantation, subdue the Irish Catholics, and fight his wars. They then fell under the disfavor of Catholic sympathizing James II, then came into the favor of the new US government who used them to occupy the American Frontier, subdue the Indians, and fight its wars. They are now under the disfavor of the current regime in the U.S. Is there any other group whose mannerisms, speech, and ideas can be openly mocked by the American elite?
I expect the Scots-Irish will be around long enough that the descendants of the Jane Smileys of the world will find a use for them and they will come back in favor.

Posted by: Terry at June 27, 2012 7:54 PM

I suspect the Jane Smileys of the world are breeding at well below replacement rate. There won't be many descendants.

"Is there any other group whose mannerisms, speech, and ideas can be openly mocked by the American elite?"

Mormons seem to be the new target.

Posted by: John Weidner at June 27, 2012 8:46 PM
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