Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Making bad comparisons

There's a lot of chatter about how this midterm election cycle is a lot like 1994. The Democrats are poised to take over the House, and possibly even the Senate. But I don't like the comparisons being made to the voter unhappiness that brought the GOP into control of the House in 1994, because that plays into a powerful GOP narrative: "If you think we're fuck-ups, just wait until Democrats take control!"

That's really the narrative they're pushing, when you consider that they still accuse Dems as being weak on terrorism. In contrast, almost everything that the GOP has done - especially the war in Iraq - has undermined our nation's security and prosperity. But the message they peddle will still get voters to make decisions from the gut.

By the way, liberal "elitists" don't think they're smarter than conservatives. They just think they're smarter than conservatives' uninformed, unintelligent beliefs derived from emotion instead of intellect.


erik said...

Hey Texas Hippie, saw your comments over at Austin Centrist (linked from Eschaton) and found myself agreeing with the majority of what you said.

Compromising just for the sake of compromising does not make you a centrist or independent! Taking into consideration that the republican party controls all 3 branches of govt right now and looking at their track record for the last 6 years, I find talk of how the "democrats are just as bad" or "hyper partistanship and finger pointing are the reason we are in the state we are in" to be ridiculous...

Texas Hippie said...

Agreed! I'd be interested to see why Atrios linked the Austin Centrist discussion, but I can't find the reference on his Eschaton blog. Do you have a link handy?