Despite Democrat assertions that GOP and Tea Party momentum has “peaked,” polls show that the closer we get to November 2, the more Democrat congressional seats are coming into play — even seats usually considered safe Democrat strongholds. Wall Street Journal covers this well; I like this quote:
Republican advances in traditionally Democratic states, including Connecticut, Oregon and Washington, may not translate into a wave of GOP victories. But they have rattled local campaigns and forced the Democrats to shift attention and money to races they didn’t expect to be defending.
Rising sentiment against the party in power has washed ashore even in coastal Oregon, where Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio won his 10th re-election two years ago with 82% of the vote.
“I am having the same problem that Democrats are having across the country, which is ennui,” he said, noting that his opponent’s yard signs “are thick” across much of the district. Mr. DeFazio said he is facing the fight of his political life.
It reminds me of what someone said a few months back, “How’s that hopey-changey thing workin’ out for ya?”
In Reason’s Hit & Run blog, Michael Moynihan eviscerates Richard Cohen’s bizarre column comparing the 1970 Kent State shootings with the Tea Party movement. It’s really delightful.
What caught my attention, though, was Moynihan’s taking on something that’s been bugging me, as well: the Left’s reflexive twitching about conservatives’ use of the phrase “taking back America.”
Cohen bemoans “all this talk about ‘taking back America’ (from whom?)” we hear from conservatives and Tea Party activists. But it’s an entirely appropriate sentiment, one that fails to exercise Richard Cohen, when Howard Dean writes a book called Winning Back America. Or when liberal radio host Thom Hartmann issued his 2004 call to arms, We the People: A Call to Take Back America. Give me a minute to find Cohen’s column lamenting The Nation editor Katrina Vanden Heuvel’s 2004 book Taking Back America: and Taking Down the Radical Right….Or maybe Cohen’s cable was on the fritz when, just this weekend, MSNBC blowhard Ed Schultz gathered on the mall to tell people that “This is a defining moment in America. Are you American? This is no time to back down. This is time to fight for America.” Why do we have to fight for America? Who is attacking America?
Indeed, who is attacking whom?
I’m reminded of what Churchill said in November 1942: “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Winning big on November 2d may not, actually, even be the end of the beginning — but at least it will no longer be the beginning of the beginning.
Congress has taken off for (what to many have become) the hinterlands — the Democrats fleeing D.C. after nearly being forced to vote for tax cuts! – and Obama is campaigning around the country and getting an earful from the same people who rapturously voted for him two years ago. But I sense people getting impatient and frustrated with how long it still is until November 2d.
That thought was confirmed to me in a magnificent post at RedState.com today, which bluntly talks about how long it’s truly going to take to turn this nation around. The writer from LaborUnionReport.com recalls a question one woman asked at the recent RedState Gathering in Texas: “When can we go back to living our lives again?” The truth, of course, is not for a very long time. The writer reminds us that nearly 15 years elapsed between the Boston Tea Party in 1773, and the ratification of the Constitution in 1789. He also noted:
I realized that this poor woman was speaking more from frustration than anything else. I also realized that she, like so many, had only recently come to know how long and how hard the fight will be to take back America from the Marxist stranglehold that is gripping it.
America will not be saved in one election cycle, nor two. In fact, it will likely take a generation or more.
There’s a lot more honest-but-tough-talk in this post. I highly recommend you read it all — it’s like splashing cold water in your face: shocking but refreshing. We need to emerge completely from the dream-world in which we’ve been living for so long.