Assigned Reading: Democrats Jarred by Drop in Fundraising
(FROM: The Washington Post)
With its analysis that big Democratic Party donors have been put off by the Obama administration’s rhetoric against big business and with the Democratic Party’s War on Success and Prosperity in general, I think that the Washington Post is right on. Diagnosing the malady affecting the masses as complacency, however, seems a little too optimistic to me.
Complacency in itself suggests that, upon being properly excited and motivated, the rank-and-file supporters of the Democratic Party will be there once again, checkbook in hand. I don’t think it’s that simple.
Some of them, I’m sure, were first-time political donors who dealt with their own race-related insecurities by getting excited for the first black president. Those are the folks who won’t necessarily vote Democrat in 2010 without Barack Obama at the top of the ticket, and perhaps may not vote that way in 2012 either, with the sheen taken off of The One’s presidency and the tarnish setting in. Most of those rank-and-file supporters, however, are folks who have voted Democrat for years because it was the party of John F. Kennedy, or because their parents told them to. Those folks didn’t sign up for nuclear disarmament. Those folks didn’t sign up for a justice-driven, detente-at-all-costs approach to foreign policy. Those folks didn’t want to own a car company. And, sure, they might have thought that the American health care system needed tweaking, but certainly didn’t sign up for government takeover, for rationing of care, and for debt that would burden their children and their children’s children.
The Democrats are a party in trouble. The inmates have taken over the asylum. And the more they push, the more they try to advance via force an agenda four decades in the making, the more the everyday, rank-and-file Americans who value freedom and fear totalitarianism will push back.
That, friends and neighbors, is what you’re seeing here. Not mere complacency. The Democrats pushed for “change” in 2008 — now, it seems, that’s all they’re going to get.