Saturday, September 4, 2010

Spoiled Brats

Eugene Robinson in the Washington Post:

According to polls, Americans are in a mood to hold their breath until they turn blue. Voters appear to be so fed up with the Democrats that they’re ready to toss them out in favor of the Republicans — for whom, according to those same polls, the nation has even greater contempt. This isn’t an “electoral wave,” it’s a temper tantrum.

It’s bad enough that the Democratic Party’s “favorable” rating has fallen to an abysmal 33 percent, according to a recent NBC-Wall Street Journal poll. It’s worse that the Republican Party’s favorability has plunged to just 24 percent. But incredibly, according to Gallup, registered voters say they intend to vote for Republicans over Democrats by an astounding 10-point margin. Respected analysts reckon that the GOP has a chance of gaining 45 to 60 seats in the House, which would bring Minority Leader John Boehner into the speaker’s office.

My guess is that with a decided advantage in campaign funds, along with the other advantages of incumbency, Democrats will be able to mitigate these prospective losses — perhaps even relieving Nancy Pelosi of the hassles of moving. But there’s no mistaking the public mood, and the truth is that it makes no sense.

In the punditry business, it’s considered bad form to question the essential wisdom of the American people. But at this point, it’s impossible to ignore the obvious: The American people are acting like a bunch of spoiled brats.

I was going to say that Mr. Robinson’s rant doesn’t apply to all Americans, but then when you think about it, the ones who are not angry about how life has mistreated them in some fashion or another — the grown-ups — are not doing the country any favors by keeping quiet. We’re getting to the point where we are letting the wingnuts frame the debate, and it’s time to stand up and call them out on their blatant ignorance masquerading as “common sense.”

Mel Brooks put it another way:

You’ve got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know… morons.