Destroying ThemselvesReading the weblogs of some of my liberal friends is, on the one hand, an exercise in humor, and on the other it is rather sad, really. It would seem that the realization is beginning to hit them that they are going to lose the November election yet again, and they are just plain angry. Of course they blame Governor Sarah Palin for this, and are still trying scurrilously to do anything they can to discredit her.
As has already been the case, these tactics will backfire on them and benefit the Republican ticket, something that is already happening. Further, Republicans are more fired up than they've been all year, and are even leading the generic Congressional ballot. One would think that Democrats would know this and would be smart enough to quit doing the things that are causing them to slide so rapidly-but to be honest, I'm not sure they know how to win a national campaign any longer.
I understand what they are going through because I became involved with my first campaign when I was 16 and it was a loss. Even though 1994 was a great national triumph, I was involved in another losing campaign that year. The 1996 presidential election and 1998 Congressional elections were humiliating defeats in my youthful mind at the time. I began to wonder if we'd ever see the light of day and for a long while after '96, I became angry and frustrated, just as some of our friends on the other side are at this time. The problem is that people in the party opposite know why they are sliding...
The Republican reaction to a poll slide is to begin to focus on real issues where the percieved opponent(s) may be weak and drive them home to the American public like a hammer drives a nail. We didn't do this in the above-mentioned campaigns, but instead we spent our time discussing how bad our opponent is and whining like deprived children when it became evident that we were going to lose. Instead of changing gears and attempting to turn things around, we somehow thought that getting into a pissing match with the other party was going to make it all good, and all it got us was licked in November.
The Democratic reaction to a poll slide is to...whine like babies whose candy is being taken away and attempt to get into a pissing match with Republicans. This sounds very familiar, and I can tell people from experience that it will not work and will likely have a kind of impact that is the complete opposite of what the whiners intended.
That's alright, though. Since Democrats seem intent to destroy themselves, I want to encourage all of my friends in the party opposite to please continue your present behavior and current line of attack. I'll even be happy to try an arrange for a few of you to come to a Republican victory party somewhere, since those are going to be the only real victory parties on November 4th if you keep it up-after all, it will have been you that helped make it happen.