DeLay, fresh off having the Justice Department drop a federal investigation against him, said GOP wins in the midterm elections aren’t “a given” due to the strength of the grassroots infrastructure Democrats built in 2006 and 2008.
“Over the last ten years, the Democrats, particularly the Democrats in the House, have put together one of the most powerful grassroots coalitions that I’ve ever seen,” DeLay said during an appearance on Fox News. “So it’s not a given that the Republicans are going to win all these seats this year, because the Democrats have had a grassroots organization to help stave off a lot of their losses.”
Look, I’ve been on record dozens of times over the past eighteen months saying that 2010 has the potential of being 1994 all over again. I still stick by that assertion. However, I get what Tom DeLay is saying here, and I respect his experience and expertise.
What it’s going to come down to in November is turnout. And turnout will come down to passion, to the mindset that we’re only going to lay down for so long, and that we’re going to exert our own power in the most readily available way possible — at the polls. Over at Ace of Spades HQ, there was a great assessment of why turnout is necessary.
Now, one of the reasons I don’t link to Ace often is because of the language. While I can throw around the expletives with the best of them–and do so, depending on mood–I don’t think it always has a place in intelligent political discussion. It busts credibility if used incorrectly. I’m by no means offended by any of it, but I hesitate to send folks from AR to places which might rub some the wrong way. Nevertheless, I loved the assessment at AoSHQ, and laughed out loud at the description of Rep. Henry Waxman. So read on if you want to.
Here’s a bit of material on the importance of wicked turnout in the fall, from Ace of Spades:
There is injury, and then there is the insult upon it.
There is wound, and then there is the salt rubbed into it.
There is catastrophe, and then there is the rioting and looting afterwards that almost eclipses the original disaster.
That’s what we’re aiming for. We need to SHOCK them.
We need to riot and loot and run wild over them.
For forty years liberals operated under a rule: “Don’t scare the bear.” The bear was the American electorate, skeptical of liberalism and hostile to socialism. So every liberal had to be afraid of the bear, approach it gingerly, be well-behaved, make small movements only.
For ten years, since 2000, liberal actiivsts have been agitating for full-throated, unapologetic liberalism. In 2008, they got their wish — they elected the most socialist president in history and their Congress then became the most socialist congress ever.
Now: They think there is no more rule “don’t scare the bear.” They have done everything possible to wake and rouse and agitate the bear.
The bear has two responses now:
1. It goes back to sleep.
2. It tears their fucking faces off and leaves them maimed for life.
If it does 1, they will continue with their shrill socialist takeover.
If the bear does 2, they will never dream of doing this again… or at least for thirty years, which is about how long it took them to forget the lessons of Carter and McGovern.
Either way, liberals will be taught a lesson this year.
But they can learn one of two lessons:
1, America doesn’t mind a little socialism and the electoral condquences for pushing it are minor and livable, or
2, My God What Have We Done.
We need the lesson to be 2.
If it’s 1, we lose something forever.
We don’t need to just beat them at the polls. As every general says: It’s not just about beating your opponent on the battlefield, but beating him in his mind, defeating him in his own mind so that the knows he’s been defeated and that mental state — defeat — is with him forever.
You can win a battle but if you don’t defeat the enemy’s spirit he will be back.
You have to do more than win a battle; you have to crush his will to fight.
Two Points and a Video: First of all, Henry Waxman is already enjoying that Democrats are going to lose — he says they’re going to lose the “difficult” Democrats anyway, so in effect the party will be usefully purged and the progressive caucus stronger and more pure.
He’s already finding a silver lining in their losses.
That won’t do: We need these losses to be unacceptable and brutal, even to this bat-faced mutant asshole.
Second, someone said I was writing like Kos in ’08. That is correct.
And what did Kos say? He said he wanted to crush our spirits and leave us heartbroken.
And you know what? They did.
Think back to your mental state in November ’08 to say February ’09, before the Tea Party, before we got up off our backs and decided we were so angry we were going to fight.
I remember a lot of people being heartbroken. A lot of people just stopped reading about politics– they couldn’t bear it.
Glenn Beck’s “We Are Not Alone” campaign became popular because people really needed and craved the reassurance they weren’t alone, because they feared they were.
We at AoSHQ started organizing local meet-ups and cheer-ups for people to get out of the house and have an uplifting drink with fellow conservatives. And people kept writing to me how much they loved those things, and how they needed them.
Why? Because we were heartbroken, we were crushed in spirit.
They won. They did: The broke us.
But we came back.
Personally, I think turnout in November is going to take care of itself. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I don’t expect an ebb in the passion we’ve seen boiling over during the past year-and-a-half. In fact, I will be in Washington, D.C. for the September 12 march–I’m being flown up and put up by the folks at FreedomWorks, and urging them to do the same for Johnny–and I look forward to seeing the throngs of patriotic Americans, poised and ready to take their country back one election at a time.
Nevertheless, it’s the Kitty Genovese problem, and we need to be sure that we don’t fall victim to it as well. While I have no doubt that the Democrats will see tremendous losses in the mid-terms, like Tom DeLay I worry from time to time about the inevitability of it all. We’ll just have to see what the next two months bring.