There are certain events that reveal a lot about a person or groups of people. People are defined by how they react to given situations. And the most revealing situations are stressful. If the election tomorrow is any indication, a lot of Democrats are freaking out.
You know when they are desperate when they start calling conservatives crazy. It’s like they’re frightened peasants thinking some magic trinket is going to ward off the boogieman. The boogieman in this case is the will of the people.
Here’s how they’re spinning the NY-23 election tomorrow on Salon.
” Get ready for the Grand Old Tea Party takeover””, their headlines shout “The loony wing of the Republican Party prepares for a big day in Tuesday’s elections ”
Got that? Tea partiers are “insane.” And they’re trying to take over the GOP. Frank Rich of the NY Times put it even more bizarrely.
The battle for upstate New York confirms just how swiftly the right has devolved into a wacky, paranoid cult that is as eager to eat its own as it is to destroy Obama. The movement’s undisputed leaders, Palin and Beck, neither of whom has what Palin once called the “actual responsibilities” of public office, would gladly see the Republican Party die on the cross of right-wing ideological purity. Over the short term, at least, their wish could come true.
The more rightists who win G.O.P. primaries, the greater the Democrats’ prospects next year. But the electoral math is less interesting than the pathology of this movement. Its antecedent can be found in the early 1960s, when radical-right hysteria carried some of the same traits we’re seeing now: seething rage, fear of minorities, maniacal contempt for government, and a Freudian tendency to mimic the excesses of political foes. Writing in 1964 of that era’s equivalent to today’s tea party cells, the historian Richard Hofstadter observed that the John Birch Society’s “ruthless prosecution” of its own ideological war often mimicked the tactics of its Communist enemies.
The same could be said of Beck, Palin and their acolytes. Though they constantly liken the president to various totalitarian dictators, it is they who are re-enacting Stalinism in full purge mode. They drove out Arlen Specter, and now want to “melt Snowe” (as the blog Red State put it). The same Republicans who once deplored Democrats for refusing to let an anti-abortion dissident, Gov. Robert Casey of Pennsylvania, speak at the 1992 Clinton convention now routinely banish any dissenters in their own camp.
Hilarious. The tea party people in NY wanted a real conservative to run, not another RINO. So they supported Hoffman, not Dede Scozzafava who was indistinguishable from a Democrat. She was even endorsed by ACORN. The conservatives did not want another RINO in government at a time when every vote counts in the upcoming Obamacare and Cap and Trade bill fights.
The voters have a right to have a say in who represents them. Dede Scozzafava was put up by a handful of local politicians. NY is the basket case of the US, when it comes to the state legislature. They even make California look sane. The voters have spoken and rejected the bureaucrats’ pick. It’s as simple as that.
There’s nothing “Stalinist” about what happened. And to show they were right to reject Dede, she quit the race and started endorsing the Democrat, Bill Owens. Even doing robocalls for him. How much more proof do you need that Dede was not a real Republican?
The left wing press will try to spin the elections tomorrow. If the Republicans win New Jersey, Virginia and Hoffman wins NY-23, they will see it as a referendum on Obama. But many will call it a right wing resurgence and start the scare tactics, demonizing Republicans who have largely played it low key this year.
A “right wing resurgence” is definitely on the wind. Obama is tanking. His numbers are falling fast. That’s why they are so desperate to get their bills passed this year. Next year may be too late.