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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.

By Kevin Huffman  | November 2, 2010; 12:42 PM ET
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They're afraid because, if Boehner does what he says he will do, he'll be putting forward bills that are very simple up or down votes and he'll know they are popular ideas. If the democrats keep voting them down they'll be held accountable in 2 years. Then, they'll bring bills that have things the dems don't want, but they'll be tucked in mandatory bills, so do the dems want to go on record opposing those bills- like shutting down the government? In the end, the Republicans will be triangulating the Dems in Congress against Obama. With Obama's record of throwing Dems under the bus, will Congress defend him, or throw him under the bus going into the 2012 elections? Should be interesting.

Posted by: termiteavenger | November 2, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Bravo, Democrats need to use the new health programs to have spines installed. Many of us will even help pay for their deductables. They have to stop feeling like loosers and start beating the stuffing out of the Republicons. I want Democrats screaming No, NO Hell NO in December at everything the Republicons propose. I want a President in perpetual campaign mode, once a month big rallys around the country with thousands of participants with the focus on the dangers of the Republicons. Democrats should be organizing and developing lists of not only prospective voters but of companies and groups providing millions to the Republicons, let's call them out and make them aware that most of the country does not agree with them, we need to use our Constitutional right to assemble infront of their offices and places of business. Democrats need to learn how to fight, the Republicons brought this ugly method of campaigning and governing to the country. Democrats should embrace it and enhance it. We need to take the country back from Wall Street, big corporations and the Supreme Republicon Court.

Posted by: deminfl | November 2, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

but..but...Huffman, you said the Democracts had a 59-41 advantage in the Senate...actually 60-40 for a full year. So why did you and your Red buddies run all over the place blaming Republicans for blocking your bills. Sort of like Chicken Little yelling the "sky is falling" right? Gradually the truth dawns that the Tales of Huffman were indeed fiction.

Posted by: wjc1va | November 2, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse


Hey Democrats,

Well before polling stations closed, leading Democratic figures started baying for blood of the most prominent members of President Barack Obama’s inner circle.




Posted by: kstobbe1 | November 2, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

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