February 20, 2005


2000 changed everything (Michael Barone, February 21, 2005, Townhall)

We know now that, thanks to the news media consortium that recounted ballots in every Florida county, recounting under any method and any criterion they tested would not have overturned Bush's exceedingly thin plurality.

But the Gore campaign, Terry McAuliffe during his four years as Democratic National Chairman and John Kerry in his 2004 presidential campaign encouraged rank-and-file Democrats to believe that the election was stolen. They decided to delegitimize an American election for partisan gain. And in the process, they did much damage to George W. Bush and the Republicans, to the reputation of the American political process and, inadvertently but to a far greater extent, to their own Democratic Party.

The damage to Bush was obvious. A large minority of Americans has regarded him as an illegitimate president. That has weakened his ability to work across party lines and has helped to maintain the intense polarization of the electorate. It made it more difficult for him to win re-election in 2004.

The damage to the Democrats, I would argue, has been greater.

Not least because it's a scab they can't stop picking at.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 20, 2005 11:35 PM

Americans do not appreciate sore losers, even if that loser has some colorable justification for being sore. That is even more the case when there is a guaranteed rematch 4 years down the road.

You are expected to act like Marvelous Marvin Hagler did when asked whether he was concerned about who the judges were, after he was jobbed so badly in the first Antuofermo fight. He said 'I bring my own judges to the ring with me.(He lifted one gloved fist)this is 'K' (then he lifted the other) and this is 'O.' There was no crying, no griping, just a grim resolve to knock the other guy out.

Posted by: Bart at February 21, 2005 6:18 AM

Victim politics only works when you can appeal to the good nature of your enemy (Arafat vs Israel, Gandhi vs England).

Call someone a fascist enough times. Try to rip the heart out of the traditional family. Proudly flaunt your deviant behavior and brag about wrongdoings as a politician, etc...

All of this has finally made the enemy (average white Christian guy) less likely to be snookered. So, yes, it hurt the Republicans, but it may have also strengthened them for many years to come.

Posted by: Randall Voth at February 21, 2005 7:39 AM