You didn’t think the Republicans could go two whole days without starting a new line of attack on the Democrats did you? Apparently you are crazy. The new black in the punditry world is that “the Democrats stood for nothing and that’s why they lost.” Jesus, these fuckers can’t even be gracious in winning, can they.
Well, the utterly awesome Digby quotes The Poor Man and adds a bit himself:
They didn’t win the campaign because they have a coherent ideology and we didn’t. Rupert Murdock and Jerry Falwell are not pursuing the same goals. “Democracy” and Ilyiad Allawi do not belong in the same sentence. Radical tax cutting and running wars to the tune of a billion a day is not fiscal responsibility. Bigotry is not compassionate and destroying the safety net we’ve depended on for more than half a century is not conservative.
These people aren’t united by a common ideology or set of values. They are united by a common hatred of Democrats, fueled by a massive propaganda machine. They won this campaign by putting on a trash talking spectacle starring George W. Bush as Commander Codpiece. (Those who wanted to ban gay marriage got in two for the price of one.)
As is the case most of the time, I agree whole-heartedly with Digby. Democrats stood for, at the very least, democracy. Open government. A reputation of Abu Ghraib. An international coalition. Civil rights to all who just want to live peacefully.
Even in defeat, I stand proud that we are not the party of these pathetic excuses for human beings:
The throngs of Republicans were pumped after seeing the president and the action hero. But there was an angry edge to their elation. They shrieked at the dozen or so protesters standing on the concrete plaza outside the auditorium. “Kerry’s a terrorist!” yelled a stocky kid in baggy jeans and braces. “Communists for Kerry! Go back to Russia,” someone else screamed. Many of them took up the chant “Kerry sucks”; old women and teenage boys shouting with equal ferocity.
All emphasis is mine. I cannot fathom a world that would raise a child like the one quoted above. Literally, I am left speechless when I think about the values instilled in someone like that. Who his parents are. What they talk about at the dinner table. Who his friends are, and what they do after school. Speechless.
Those are the people who handed Bush his second term. That is the mentality that we must overcome if we are ever to walk the Nation’s halls as a majority again. We won’t kill them, though they profess to want to do it to us should they get the chance. We won’t sterilize them, though our blue state tax dollars will pay for their welfare and religious school vouchers. We won’t shout them down, but they will continue buying media companies until we are not heard at all. Many blogs are calling for peace with the red staters; that we will not win without them and that we need to conduct a war for the “hearts and minds” of the midwest and south. But as much as I think about it, I return to one word over and over again: how? How do you attempt to win the heart or mind of someone who will not even let you speak?
I suppose as soon as we do that we can get right on the hearts and minds of those Iraqis that hate our guts, too.
–whazz for humanity, not for bigotry