Baron discussed this below. Make sure you read it. I had this piece ready to go so some thoughts on the same herewith.
My apologies to Emmett Tyrell, but I had to borrow that title because there isn’t a better phrase to describe what is happening on the Left today. There cannot be found two more revealing examples of the crack up of the Left than today’s columns by Paul Begala and Maureen Dowd.
Begala, so distraught is he by the intransigence of an opposition that resists indoctrination, pines for the days of Reagan and Buckley and Novak (Zantac warning):
The inmates have taken over the asylum. The ever-sunny Reagan is dead. The congenial Buckley is dead. The old-school conservative Novak is dead as well. In their place is the party of Joe the Shouter and Joe the Plumber and Sarah the Death Panel Screecher.
They hate Pres. Obama – even though he has bent over backwards to accommodate Republicans. They hate tax increases – even though the Democrats have cut taxes for 95% of Americans. They hate health care reform – even though Ted Kennedy fought his whole life to get them the same health care millionaires like him already had.
Dowd, on the other hand, just comes right out with the race card:
The normally nonchalant Barack Obama looked nonplussed, as Nancy Pelosi glowered behind.
Surrounded by middle-aged white guys — a sepia snapshot of the days when such pols ran Washington like their own men’s club — Joe Wilson yelled “You lie!” at a president who didn’t.
But, fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy!
What a shock! Maureen Dowd swallows the elephant of decades of liberal Democrat racism (I’m talking to you Senator Byrd) yet chokes on the gnat of a Southern back bencher shouting the truth. It is moments like this that signal the imminent crack up of a political movement.
In the American South, particularly in horse country, there’s a saying called “spitting the bit“. It refers to a horse that, having accepted the bridle and bit, will sometimes still refuse commands. Instead, it spits the bit. Yesterday’s demonstration in Washington was a monumental example of the electorate spitting the bit.
Dowd and Begala are but another example in the long line of media elites that assume that their political opposition will simply take the bit and follow orders. When faced with an unruly electorate their first response is to apply the whip (charges of racism and hate). It’s not surprising how quickly Liberals, that have control of both Congress and the White House, have turned into epic whiners.