The Democrats' victim complex strikes again
It's fun watching all the "what are they going to do?" parlor games as the Republicans start measuring the House leadership drapes. The Republicans are going to exact revenge on corporations, try to roll-back the health care bill, and take away the rights of unions. And they certainly aren't going to compromise on their agenda. Those evil bastards -- how can they do all this while only controlling half of the Hill and without the White House?!
They can't, obviously, but it's all part of the standard political narrative in this town. The Democrats walk around with their kick-me signs, stuck in gridlock with a mere 59 Senate seats. Meanwhile the Republicans wear their platform shoes, speak loudly and carry a modest stick.
Sure, when it suits them, Republicans veer into victim mode, laughably claiming they are victims of "ethnic retribution" and under assault from "the new elites." But those detours generally represent an inoculation, getting out front of the Democrats' permanent status as bullied victims.
Where Republicans really shine is claiming to have more power than they do, selling it to the media, and then turning that perception into reality. Congressional democrats are so convinced of the Machiavellian super-human strength of their adversaries, they just squandered two years constantly ducking, waiting for the next incoming salvo. The people speak today, and the lessons will be the same ones we all learned in middle school: nobody likes whiners and tattletales.
If John Boehner and his team can achieve the astonishing feat of simultaneously seeking revenge on Wal-Mart and the AFL-CIO, if they can balance the budget while massively cutting taxes on the rich, if they can undo the modest accomplishments of the last two years while controlling a small majority of one corner of the Hill, then they deserve the power they are about to claim. And if they can't, Congressional democrats might ask themselves why they are so scared and what they plan to do about it over the coming two years.
| November 2, 2010; 12:42 PM ET
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