Democrats have this very weird habit. They blame their failures on everything else – except their ideas. When their ideas are overwhelmingly rejected by the people, they say that: The President did not push hard enough for it. He should have given more speeches. The president gave too many speeches, people got tired of hearing him. The Republicans were too obstructionist; they kept if from happening. The Republicans were lying, blah blah blah.
Remember that great scene from the Oscar-robbed classic The Blues Brothers? Jake and Elwood (John Belushi and Dan Akroyd) are finally cornered by Jake’s former fiancée (Carrie Fisher). Jake left her at the altar with 300 guests and the best Romanian caterers in the state waiting.
“You betrayed me!” she exclaims.
“No I didn’t. Honest,” Jake explains. “I ran out of gas. I, I had a flat tire. I didn’t have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn’t come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Locusts! IT WASN’T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!”
This is pretty much how Democrats sound these days. None of their problems are their fault.
…But even this explanation amounts to dodging blame. It’s still code for “you stupid Americans, why can’t you understand I’m right and you’re wrong?”
That’s certainly how Joe Klein, Obama’s de facto press flack at Time magazine, sees things. In a piece titled “Too Dumb to Thrive,” Klein argues that Americans are too stupid to understand how totally awesome the stimulus was. (Time’s Peter Beinart makes a similar argument in a debate with me for Bloggingheads.tv.) What’s funny about this is that if nearly two-thirds of Americans are idiots, that means roughly half of Obama’s voters were idiots, too. His election was once the epitome of American wisdom. Now it seems he was elected despite the stupidity of his supporters.
Of course, the Obamaphiles switched to this argument only after months of pounding their spoons on their high chairs about the unfairness of Republican “obstructionism” in the Senate. The filibuster was once a bulwark against tyranny, according to Democrats trying to block George W. Bush’s agenda. Now, it’s proof that the American political system “sucks,” according to Obama confidante and liberal super-wonk John Podesta, and evidence that America’s system is arguably “worse” than totalitarian China’s, according to New York Times columnist Tom Friedman.