Back in October of last year, Steven Den Beste predicted that the upcoming election would be a solid defeat for the Democrats, and he’s proving prophetic.
So 2004 will be the nadir for the Democrats. Barring extraordinary events, in 2004 the Democrats will crash and burn, and then many in the Democratic party will finally start asking whether the “Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party” is actually a liability rather than an asset, something to be isolated and frozen out instead of pandered to. Given that they, like the religious right, have nowhere else to go, it’s not even clear that the Democrats actually need to pander to them. If that happens, the Democrats may again become viable in the US.
At that time I wrote a response piece where I disagreed with Steven on just that one point:
Yes, indeed, the Religious-Right were marginalized by the Republicans – and they had nowhere to go. They certainly weren’t going to vote Libertarian, and Ross Perot’s Reform Party was stillborn, though the miscarriage did cost Bush 41 re-election. But the (to be less charitable) “Barking Moonbat Wing” of the Democratic Party does have the Greens to move to. And the moonbat wing is, apparently, not insigificant given their representation in the current “Deep Space Nine” array of presidential hopefuls. The best the Religious-Right ever managed was Pat “Idiotarian” Robertson. According to this recent Gallup poll on media bias:
(A)bout 4 in 10 Americans today identify themselves as conservatives and about the same number identify as moderates, while less than 20% identify as liberals.
And that “less than 20%” is apparently in control of the Democratic Party, something I don’t think you can really say about the Religious Right. They were pandered to, but never had their hands on the reins. The Moonbats apparently do, and most aren’t going to be “marginalized,” I think. They’ll leave first, and remain fervently active.
I’ll be the first to admit I may be wrong, but the thing that has changed as far as I can see is the militance of the far-left. They don’t care about being “ideologically pure losers.” They just condemn the conservatives and the moderates for being “ignorant sheep” and soldier on in their efforts to save us from ourselves like good socialists should. Evidence for this militance? Increasing eco-terrorism for one thing. Earth First!ers setting fire to SUV dealerships and luxury homes under construction, PETA activists raiding labs and fur farms, protesters actively advocating soldiers killing their officers – and forums praising such action.
The Information Age has allowed everybody to politically organize, and nowhere is this more apparent than at the fringes, and yes, I realize that I represent one of those fringes. They no longer feel alone and helpless. Gun control activist are acting in our own self-interest (I believe preserving the Constitution is self-preservation, anyway). The liberals are crusaders out to save us from ourselves, and they will never rest
until they do. (Scratched that last out because there’s always one more crusade for the true believer.) For the Religious Right, being politically marginalized just made them resigned to wait for the Second Coming. For the Moonbat Left being marginalized will just make them more fervent. Crusading is their religion.
So, I don’t think the Democrats will quite reach their nadir in 2004. I think it will occur after the more moderate forces of the Democratic Party attempt to marginalize the moonbat wing – and the moonbat wing, in large part, leaves. When that happens, the Greens will gain strength – and may actually manage to elect a representative or two, especially in areas such as San Francisco where they have a strong following. The Green Party will certainly further harm the Democratic Party – until the Democrats complete the second step and sell themselves to the electorate to the point where they can draw more from that 40% of the population that identifies itself as moderate. That will be a few years after 2004, I think, and it’s going to be a definite two-step process.
Well, the militant moonbats are out in force in NYC right now. Their bretheren around the country are frothing at the mouth.
Rodger Schultz points out an example of the “Party of Hate” here. James Lileks talks of “Sudden Bush Hatred Fatigue Syndrome”. Instapundit points to a NY Daily News piece on the implosion of the Kerry campaign. Power Line shows moonbat spokesman Al Franken coming (further) unhinged in the presence of his enemies. And then there’s the über-moonbats at DemocraticUnderground.com, like, oh, say “Tyler Durden:”
I want no Republican “friends”….associates, aquaintances or relatives.
I don’t want to discuss politics with some Republican asshole. I don’t want to have drinks with one, share an office with one, have sex with one, or even stop on the side of a road in the rain to help one change a tire.
Fuck them. Fuck them all. I hate them for destroying the nation where I was born. I hate them for making me feel unwelcome in the community where my home is. I hate them for their selfishness which has made a mockery of the democratic process, And I hate them for the death that they deal to the helpless in the name of money.
I repeat; Fuck them all. At this point, I would not cross the street to pick one of them up out of a body of water where they were drowning: GOOD. One less of them to vote for the scum that they support and the filth that they do to the rest of us.
The camel’s back is broken, folks. Don’t think it’s going to heal soon.
(The link is http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=104&topic_id=2293502&mesg_id=2293502 and is intentionally left cold. Cut and paste if you want to read it from the original source. Please do, and read the – as of the time of this writing – 69 responses as well.) Or read this one, by “Hobo:”
All right I finally reached my breaking point. I vowed to myself I will not watch any of the Repuke hate fest. So Last night I listened to some world music on the CD player, checking in here from time to time to see some reports. Then I saw the thread about the Purple Hearts on the Band Aids.
I need to know how the fuck can any person who served in the military or the family of military personnel even consider supporting a Repuke for any elected position in this country?
To me this little “gag” is offensive, it is like spitting on the cross. Vietnam Vets, they are laughing at your service to your country. Widows, they are laughing at the sacrifice your loved ones made. Mothers they are laughing at the death of your child.
Finally, They are laughing at my mom, whose son made the ultimate sacrifice. The flag from the coffin and the medals of my long lost brother still hang in my parents home. I detest all of those scum who last night decided it would be funny to wear those “gags” You, you fucking holier than thou, smug, religion hijacking, assholes can, and I know you will, rot in a special place in hell.
Plus, all you Free Republic George W Bush ass licker fuck wads out reading this, I say to you, You want a piece of me? You had better come with more than just one or two of you. Come and get me! I have been very tolerant of any repubes in my office, or general discussions I have had, not any more the gloves are off.
To all the chicken hawks out there, you know who you are, can go, in the words of the lead chicken hawk, fuck yourselves.
The link for that one is http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=104×2289224 and it has 18 replies. There’s more, but those are representative of the sentiment.
IndyMedia is reporting on the actions of the protesters in NYC. Here’s a taste of what they consider “freedom of speech:”
(S)everal hundred people gathered outside of Fox News at 47th st. and 6th ave. to hold a Fox “shut-up-a-thon,” where they berated the news agency for its crimes against the television-watchers of the world.
And, just so we understand they’re socialists, there’s this:
The “Men in Black Bloc” also caused a ruckus uptown at Sotheby’s where Johnny Cash memorabilia was being auctioned off to Republicans. Their demand was “No Cash for the Rich!”
How cute. There’s more reports available on IndyMedia too.
The Command Post reported on March 8 that Kerry is ready to “pre-challenge” the election results. The original Yahoo! story is no longer available, but I believe it was this piece that’s been archived at GOPUSA.com. (That’s an interesting illustration of the motivation behind Hugh Hewitt’s latest book, If It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat.)
So, here’s my prediction: When Bush wins the election with enough margin to prevent cheating on the part of the Dems, there are going to be riots. There will also be domestic terrorism by the moonbats.
The “Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party” has no place to go? They’ve been stirred up past the point of no return. They’re going to go completely nuts.