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November 11, 2008

The Plight of the Ordinary Democratic Voter

Filed under: View from the Bottom — Punchinello @ 6:17 pm
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We hear a lot of post-election analysis these days, with a focus on what the conservatives did wrong, what conservatives need to do, and how the Republican party has to rebuild itself. We hear the conservatives should be more centrist, moderate, and bipartisan and this would re-build the conservative party.


There isn’t now, nor has there yet been a Conservative party in America. There’s a grassroots foundation of people who are increasingly conservative. That’s not at all the same as a formal, organized political party. Likely because of the 2008 fiasco, such a party may begin to come together, but for now, it’s the Republican party that’s collapsed.

What we don’t hear a lot about is why so many people voted the Democrat ticket. We know for sure that not that many people want a socialist government. Most Americans, including typical democrats, just want a nice life and a path toward some sort of happiness. Most people are interested in their home, their family, their friends, and the local community.

“George Bush is the Devil!” That’s been drummed into people for 8 years, mostly by the mainstream media and many journalists, not to mention the intellectual elitists and academic professors. No matter what, it all has been the fault of the Republicans, and particularly George Bush.

All that’s gone wrong with the country, everything that’s failed, all the economic problems have been engineered by Bush and the Republicans. The Democrats have done nothing other than voice a “considered opinion,” trying to keep the country out of trouble. They’re the “good guys,” the Republicans are demons.

Given the stunning lack of education in the county, countless people in 2008 voted against George Bush. They did NOT vote “for” Barack Obama. They voted for a slogan, a brand, a media figure. They voted for a historic change, modernized race relations. They voted for “something…anything” other than George Bush.

Analysts tell us that many conservatives did not vote for John McCain. That may or may not be true. We’re told that voter turnout was about average, if not slightly less than average. Many people didn’t vote, which we’re told is why Obama was elected. That’s not true.

Mr. Obama was elected on the basis that people ran away from the Republican party. That’s a very different kettle of fish from people running toward Barack Obama. Yes, millions of people wet their pants in orgasmic fervor over the next Messiah, but that wasn’t nearly enough to swing the vote.

People on the Republican side, and particularly the conservative foundation, understand what’s coming. They understand the socialist agenda and the movement back toward liberalism represented by Obama. They understand Ms. Pelosi, Sen. Reid, Sen. Durbin, Sen. Murtha, and all the rest of the leadership.

But do the everyday Democratic voters?

The most common rationale for voting in favor of Obama has been to wait and see. Mr. Obama has “promised” change, and left everything open to feelings-based interpretation. Liberals and young people tend to uncover truth and reality on the basis of feelings, and they hope that interpretation is the same as clear communication and understanding.

“We’ll wait and see,” they all say. “At least it’s better the George Bush!”

Unfortunately, national elections in our times have tremendous and long-term consequences. Just the number of circuit court judges and Supreme Court judges pending appointment will totally redefine the social landscape. Debt, economic problems, war, trade; all these are coming to head and need principled management. No such thing has ever been referenced during the longest campaign in memory.

Voting against something isn’t at all the same as voting for something. Voting against a vague myth that Mr. Bush and the Republican party are responsible for everyone’s pain and anxiety isn’t the same as voting for Mr. Obama.

Indeed, reality will tell! The results of a liberal administration will be what they are. Many people can predict those results, but the common Democrat voter has no concept of such predictive analysis. To them, “wait and see” simply means “it can’t be worse than what we’ve had.”

But tragically, in order to assume “what we’ve had,” people have to have the education and understanding of exactly what it is we’ve had. It’d be nice if they also had a clue as to what “could be,” but that’s been too much to ask for in recent decades.

All that remains is the coming day of awakening when these voters discover that they’re not in high school anymore. There aren’t any “do-overs.” They can’t “re-take the test.” The class isn’t graded on a curve. Socialism is not the same as capitalism, and Mr. Bush is not the same as Mr. Obama. Neither does Barack Obama resemble in the slightest either Bill Clinton or John Kennedy no matter how often we’re told so.

But, as they say…we’ll see.



  1. Does the Republican party need to change? Yes. What needs to change? They need to separate themselves from the Evangelical Christian movement. Why? Because too much focus was placed on this movement and less on the actual political functionality of the party. When the economy went down the crapper and the McCain campaign decided to indulge itself by catering to this Evangelical base, it made his whole campaign look stupid. People wanted to hear about political fixes and economic plans. NOT how that Mr Obama is a Socialist, or a Left leaner, or as the effort was directed to make his conservative evangelical base reinforce their belief of being morally superior to the Democratic party based on none other than religious morality alone.

    If the Republican party continues to focus on these underlying themes, then they will lose. Get back to politics.

    Comment by bob — November 12, 2008 @ 10:52 am | Reply

  2. I think the Republican party has been making itself increasingly obsolete, just as the current liberalized Democratic party no longer really is conneced with mainstream America. We can agree that catering to an evangelical demographic isn’t enough for the RNC, but neither is focusing on special interest splinter groups enough for the DNC.

    This election was a watershed. It marks the end of 100 years of status quo, and begins the transition through whatever crisis it will be. Following that crisis, nothing will be “as it was,” and we’ll get back to reality, which will include rational politics. We can’t keep voting “against” things, over and over again forever. Somewhere along the line, we have to vote “for” things. And not vaguely defined “change” or “better stuff.” Specifics.

    Comment by Punchinello — November 12, 2008 @ 5:36 pm | Reply

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