I want to make it *VERY* clear before we begin that Barak Hussein Obama is a *terrible* president, and what I’m about to say here is in no way an endorsement of him, nor of the Democratic party, either as a whole or in part. Rather, what I’m going to discuss represents, I think, a very serious problem within our party itself.
Here’s the problem as I see it:
1) We’re going to lose
2) We have no viable candidates
3) We’ve taken no steps to develop any viable candidates in the previous four years.
Now, losing is no surprise. I called it more than a year ago on another website, and I’ve seen nothing to change my mind since then. In fact, I’ll even refine my predictions: our party (Republicans) will lose by a margin of between 3% to 6% of the popular vote. It was also very clear in 2008 that we were going to lose, but in that case, it was for different reasons. Our loss this time out will be simply a case of bad leadership.
Remember back in 1984 when the Democrats ran against Reagan? They knew they had no chance of beating him, so they put up basically only a token candidacy. They used it as a high-profile PR thing to get them some notoriety. They nominated Geraldine Ferraro for VP, which solidified their hammerlock on the middle-to-left female vote. Don’t think for a moment that the Democrats expected to win, but since they figured they were going to lose, they figured “Why not?” They threw a chick on the ticket to offset Reagan’s fairly outspoken opposition to Abortion. It was a fairly shrewd move, politically speaking, as it cost them little but netted substantial long-term rewards.
It was a fairly shrewd move when we (Republicans) did it four years back. The higher ups in the party knew full well we were gonna’ lose, and by a substantial margin. It was a foregone conclusion. Bush II was much reviled by the middle-of-the-road voters, the economy was in the crapper, the wars had no end in sight, it was very, very clear that we weren’t going to win.
Now what do you do when you know you’re going to lose? You’ve *got* to run someone, but you generally only get one shot at the white house. If someone who’s really promising runs in a campaign where the opposition could run a slowly melting pile of string cheese and win, his (Or her, but realistically just his) career is blown. No White House for you. So rather than pick someone who had a bright future, you pick someone who’s career is winding down, if not already trashed. Thus McCain, just like Walter Mondale before him, was selected to fall on his sword for the good of the party as a whole. Thank you, Mr. McCain, I greatly appreciate your sacrifice.
That was then, though, and this time it’s different.
Remember the stupid campaign the Democrats ran in 2000 when they lost to Bush II? It was total entitlement, as though Gore were president already and the election were just a tedious formality. Granted, it was a close election, but let’s not forget: Gore ran a very ‘why bother’ campaign. (And if you’re curious as to why there was such an upset in Florida, it’s the fault of Ralph Nader (Green Party) and a little radio station called WMNF, which spearheaded a *massive* recruiting campaign for the greens. This siphoned off the most radical Democrats, and there you have it). Remember the pathetic campaign Kerry ran in 2004? Once again, it was a ‘Why bother to run’ campaign, as the Democrats - with their typical condescension and arrogance - knew, just *KNEW* they could run an one-armed compulsively masturbating orangutan, and they’d still win. (That’s not to say Kerry was a one-armed compulsively masturbating orangutan, of course. I presume there were none available at the time, so they went with the next best thing)
Both of those were ‘entitlement’ campaigns. Those are always dangerous. The Kerry campaign was particularly disastrous because it was an “Anyone but him” kinda’ thing. That, too, is dangerous, because no matter how bad the president is, you can’t gurantee a victory against him. Nixon’s unexpected comeback in 1968, and his re-election in 1972, despite being much hated, to pick one example. Obama is not a popular president, granted, but our party is proceeding under the “Anyone but him” assumption. In essence, we’re doing the same exact thing the