It is more than sore loser-itis in anticipation of a loss they fear will be impossible to spin. It is evidence of a party and a liberal movement out of gas, barren of ideas and desperate to scare its own base with race-baiting and gender victimization. Even the New York Times sounded shocked: “The images and words they are using are striking for how overtly they play on fears of intimidation and repression.” Welcome to what is left of “hope and change.”
It seems fitting that embattled Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) finishes the race accusing her fellow citizens of racism. (“I’ll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”) Who wouldn’t want to vote for a pol who thinks them so despicable, huh?
This is reminiscent of the 2012 GOP angst in which conservatives bemoaned that so many Americans were slothful and dependent on government that a GOP message could not resonate. The last refuge of a loser is to blame the voters.
Republicans are on the cusp of an audition, not an Academy Award. The voters’ disgust and contempt for them — whether it is decrying them as anti-science for wanting to make an Ebola quarantine mandatory or fanning the flames of racial hatred — does not mean Republicans have a lock on new voters. Simply because millennials are abandoning the Democratic Party doesn’t mean they will flock to the GOP.