Hot Air writes about the Democratic Party trying to capture some of that Tea Party energy. It’s an interesting post but what I thought of was that this is, in fact, an excellent time for the Democratic Party to achieve its long term ambition of destroying American Exceptionalism. While their policies are massively unpopular they do have a short window of political domination and an amazing weak opposition that one might reasonably expect to throw away the opportunity.
I agree with Hot Air that there is no way the Democratic Party can pick up Tea Party voters but that it’s quite possible that the GOP won’t either because, as far as I can tell, the GOP leadership still doesn’t actually understand what the Tea Party people are upset about, or can’t bring themselves to embrace it. To a large extent our entire political class seems dysfunctional but the modern Democratic Party seeks to enshrine that dysfunctionality2 which gives them a home field advantage3.
2 Like spending $27M from Porkulus in non-existent zip codes. Of course, it wasn’t really spent there. What is actually happening is that after spending millions on building the Recovery Tracking website the government has failed to implement basic data integrity checks, something that would get any private sector contractor fired and blacklisted. Just as significantly there doesn’t seem to be any pressure or concern about fixing it. But maybe I am wrong and voters want more of that sort of thing.
3 I should drop this in as well — Representative Barney Franks’ “reform” of financial regulation
calls for more than a dozen agencies to create a position called “Director of Minority and Women Inclusion.” People in these new posts will be presidential appointees. I thought too-big-to-fail banks were the pressing issue. Turns out it’s diversity, and patronage.