I loved John’s post last night:
I’ve been having a ball this week with the Komen shit-show. Not just because it was such a hideous blunder and there was so much hourly incompetence to chronicle, but because GOD DAMNED IT FEELS GOOD TO BE ON THE OFFENSIVE.
But the truth is, we’re not really on the offensive here, we’re just counterpunching against the worst excesses of the right. It’s a weird situation right now, where the demographic advantages for the Democratic party are piling up, while the Republicans maintain a huge advantage in terms of institutional and message control. Drudge/Fox can get half the world and 100% of establishment media talking about James O’Keefe’s latest exploit whenever it wants to. There’s no counterpart on the left. There’s a similar imbalance with think tanks, both because the right-wing think tanks are more numerous and better-funded, and because they operate as political propaganda outfits, not as Kevin Drum/Matt Yglesias-style thumb-suckers and contrarians. And I expect Republicans’ SuperPACs to match the Obama fundraising juggernaut dollar-for-dollar.
But none of this will change the fact that the Republican party’s policy and message are increasingly alienating to everyone who’s not a white, straight, Tebow-fearing, older man. If anything, the Republicans’ ability to drive their message is only speeding the process up. Steve M:
This right-wing wealth machine is formidable. We won’t really have a democracy as long as such a thing can have the undue influence it has on our politics. I’m not sure our side can beat it — the best we can hope is that it beats itself. And, given the uglier nature of the GOP primaries, which really should be effectively over by now but aren’t, maybe that’s precisely what’s happening.
It doesn’t feel so good to admit that there is no chance to advance progressive policy at the national level for the foreseeable future (though as someone who thinks ACA is the most important progressive legislation of my lifetime, I don’t feel that bad about this). It would be great if Democrats could throw our country a life-line, but probably the best we can do right now is throw the Republicans an anvil.
Update. Not meant to be a downner here, by all means, let’s keep counterpunching and throwing anvils.