Democrats across the country are starting to wonder aloud if they misjudged the electorate over the last year, with profound ramifications for the midterm elections this year and, potentially, for Mr. Obama’s presidency.
First off, it’s unclear what would be different if these people had accurately judged the electorate. After all, surely they know by now and yet they continue on despite seeing the waterfall.
But the truth is, they didn’t misjudge the electorate, they misjudged reality. Their policies simply do not work. I think President Obama in particular is working the levers but the machine is not responding as he expects. The result is a panic and flailing button pushing.
Part of it is that I don’t think the leadership of the Democratic Party could envision the underdog vs. corrupt out of touch officials could apply to them in the position of the latter. They can’t be The Man, they fight The Man on behalf of the little people who should darn well be grateful for it. The American Street may not see it that way.
As a final point, someone pointed out that this race demonstrates the end of the deference for female candidates. I am still so old I can remember when then Senatorial candidate Hillary Clinton won a debate because her male opponent was overly aggressive. Now, after the attacks on then Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin that’s all gone. Another example of how the Democratic Party will permanently burn a principle for tactical advantage. I suspect the current situation is in no small part because they’re starting to run out and live on that formerly forrested but now empty plain.