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Karl Rove Is Not a Sith Lord …

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… and other keen observations from David Brooks in the New York Times shockingly enough.

[T]here is a deeper assumption, which has marred Democratic politics for years. Some Democrats have been unable to face the reality that people have been voting for Republicans because they agree with them.

So these Democrats have invented the comforting theory that they’ve been losing because they are too virtuous for the country. According to this theory, Republicans – or usually some omniscient, omnipotent and malevolent strategists, like Lee Atwater or Karl Rove – have been tricking the American people into voting against their true interests. This year, many Democrats decided, we’ll be vicious in return.

It may be too late for inveterate readers of the Times to come to terms with that reality. I’ve always been amused by the naive faith Democrats have in the ‘get out the vote’ effort. Don’t get me wrong – the low turnouts in recent years are a disgrace, but the idea that if only we get more people to the polls they’ll vote the right way (since those who are voting are clearly voting wrong) is fantasy. I doubt very much that a Kerry defeat will shock them out of this comfortable notion, not even if they read it on the pages of the ‘paper of record.’


Written by martinipundit

October 19, 2004 at 5:56 pm

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