Since the Obamacare ruling may be out by Monday morning this post might just get shoved aside rather quickly. But onward we go: Bill Maher has doubled down of late with the GOP name calling. Friday he said the GOP was “mental”. Recently he said they were a “party of apes.” This is Maher’s game and it’s not all that shocking. I’ve said worse about both parties. What interests me here is the frothing demonization that’s erupting in the Pro-Obama crowd.
Maher is not a serious person and should not be seen as one. That said, he’s an interesting launching pad. The attacks on the Tea Party of 2 years ago have morphed into attacks on the GOP as a whole. Again, this is normal and expected. The “teams” in our system fight ugly. Here’s the consistent anomaly since 2010: These Democratic attacks are not based in policy…or particulalry on point or helpful to their cause. Calling the entire Republican party insane is frantic and useless politically. Actually, it’s counter productive.
I remain surprised that so little effort on Left is expended on attacking conservative policy. Still. In 2010, Democrats seemed to think yelling “The Tea Party is a bunch of racists!” was a powerful counterpoint. Obviously, it wasn’t. It didn’t work because it largely wasn’t true. Meanwhile, the party big wigs insulted a vast swatch of voters. On the other hand, a straightforward argument against the Tea Party’s platform would have mitigated Democratic losses. For ten months they never bothered to make a legitimate argument. The GOP picked up 60 plus House seats. Interestingly, as soon as the TP took power its poll numbers declined. We came to know them after they won. If the Democrats were smart they would have made that happen before the election.
Democrats are again falling into the same trap. Does Maher believe telegraphing a meme to the Facebook masses that the GOP is mentally ill will work in 2012? Maher is a joker without a sense of humor. But where is the policy based Democratic counterpoint to the Tea Party’s ascendency? Other than one talk by Elizabeth Warren that went viral can anyone name one Democrat who has responded to the Tea Party cogently? Obama makes occasional half-baked appeals to class identity. Harry Truman he’s not. Everyone else from the CBC to Biden to Pelosi retreat to exhausted dog whistle phrases within a sentence or two. Racistwaronwomenunstablebigots. The result being that anyone disagrees in the slightest with Democrats or Obama is tagged as a racist, sexist, unstable, bigot.
So I ask, where is the economic argument against the GOP?
Do these people think name calling helps their cause? Or are they so mentally constricted they can’t conceive of another reality? To question them is to be a bigot. And a mentally ill one at that.
One of the tragedies of the Obama era in the Democratic Party is just how backward looking it has become. It’s a party trapped in 1984. Identity politics has killed off creative thought. I’d very much like to hear a thoughtful counterpoint to Paul Ryan from a leader on the Left. One that did not disintegrate into constipated, dated wailing. I fear that until Obama, Pelosi and company are expunged no forward movement is possible from the Democrats.
If any of these types ever read this post I’m sure they’d insist I’m a mentally ill Klansman before getting to this sentence.