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Contempt for the people

Posted by Richard on September 29, 2010

Item: Senator Kerry blamed the waning fortunes of Socialist Democrats on clueless, ignorant voters who don't know what's best for them.

Item: Vice President Biden told his supporters to quit whining, suck it up, and work harder. 

Item: President Obama accused Socialist Democrat voters of being lethargic, irresponsible, and not serious. 

And that's just in the last few days.

I'll give the Socialist Democrat leadership this: Their arrogance and disdain for the common people is even-handed, showing no favoritism. They're just as contemptuous of the rabble who support them as they are of the rabble who oppose them.

The Wall Street Journal said these outbursts were from "the Chris Farley school of political motivation."

As their support ebbs and the adulation fades into history, our Socialist Democrat overlords seem less and less capable of hiding their contempt for the citizens subjects they consider themselves ordained to govern rule. Unfortunately for them, they need the support of these ingrates who don't sufficiently appreciate venerate them.

Fortunately for us lovers of liberty and for the country, their increasing arrogance, peevishness, and condescension seem more and more likely to translate into a great big electoral comeuppance. While calling your opponents names can sometimes pay off if it fires up your base, calling your base names seems to me to have no upside.

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2 Responses to “Contempt for the people”

  1. David Bryant said

    James Taranto’s take on this phenomenon is entitled How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. He makes some good points. Even the pundits are getting in on the act — try reading this article by Stanley Crouch for some truly sickening equal opportunity voter bashing.

  2. rgcombs said

    Yeah, I saw that some time after I posted, and I thought about adding an update, but never got around to it. Anyway, I’d already linked to Taranto’s previous take (for my first item), and he really doesn’t need all that extra traffic. πŸ˜‰

    The Crouch column was pretty typical of his angry drivel. The oddest thing in it, I thought, was this: “Of course, Republican commercials will accuse Obama (above) of being …” Above? Somebody really thought it necessary to identify the picture above the column as being Obama? How weird.

    Did you check out the poll accompanying Crouch’s column? The question is “Did hype around President Obama’s election outshine what he could realistically accomplish?” When I took it the results were:

    There was no way he could live up to the expectations: 9%

    Obama has failed to live up to any expectations: 91%

    Unfortunately, they don’t say how many votes were cast. But the column’s been up since Monday, and 611 people have recommended it. The vast majority of those are in the 9%, I would assume. πŸ™‚

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