Elections, polls, studies, show America is an old fashioned FDR lefty country. But the Beltway Bloviator Class don’t trust it and treat us like we’re really still 1980s Reaganites. Reagan himself revered FDR (or said he did), as opposed to his hard core Bircher and Goldwaterite followers that adopted Reagan and always detested FDR and the New Deal. Chameleon-like, Reagan blew with whatever wind would help his election and deification. He loved FDR because the country did. Then in the tumultuous 1960s Reagan took the Nixonian politics of resentment and elevated it to an art form, playing to the alienation of the older, whiter establishment population who were scared shitless by sex, drugs and rock & roll, not to mention the coloreds! In this way we can maybe understand the Beltway reluctance to believe we’re really as liberal as we say.
1. While they say in polls they’re more liberal, are they really?
The thinking is “aren’t the American people too easy to push, prod, move, especially in populist directions? And so they’re against guns this week and okay with gay marriage. But that’ll fade (the Connecticut effect) and something will rile them up again like a 9/11.” Clearly the GOP doesn’t buy that America has left them. But neither do many Dems or they’d be a little more full throated about subjects that polls show they should be cleaning up on.
Except for the real progressives, that D.C. pays no attention to (see lack of coverage for CPC budget), Dem leaders and spokesmen are afraid to get out front on real progressive issues.
The D.C. political class wonders to themselves won’t there be another Reagan any moment now who personifies and plays upon people’s fears, driving us back into the heart of darkness? Is it Rand Paul (LOL!)
2. Who actually votes?
The 2010 elections haunt politics, not just for all the RWNJs that got elected and pushed the House in obstructionist GOP hands. They’re not sure what to expect from us. 2008? Or 2010? Will Dems show up in 2014? Who knows? If there are enough angry, old, white, Obama hating nut jobs still alive to hold the signs and vote in 2014 they’ll be there.
Who’s more angry? Who’s more motivated? I keep hearing this in the gun debate too. “Sure people say they want gun control, but the gun nuts live and breathe this, can’t take a chance.” So senators from red states needed Reid to put the kibosh on an assault weapons ban. And guess what, if the GOP stands as one against the 92% approved universal background checks bill, and refuse those Dem senators cover, they may well vote against that too.