Everybody around here — and in punditworld generally — is giving advice to the Republicans. But the electoral results suggest that the Dems are the ones who badly need guidance. I don’t read the numbers as a general rejection of the ruling class, and frankly I don’t believe that any serious Democrat can read them that way. The voters rejected THEM.
The best short take I heard on the radio last night (I do not watch TV very often, and the hour or so I saw last night was just awful; radio much better) had to do with the gubernatorial miracle in Maryland, but it applies to the whole night: The voters said to the government: STOP! You’re killing us!!’
Too much intrusion, too much government, too many taxes, the screwed-up health care scam, the IRS schemes, the NSA snooping on normal innocents. That’s gotta stop. Get out of our way, we’re smarter than you think we are. We can do it ourselves, we don’t need you as much as you want to impose yourselves on us. And we are sick and tired of being robbed blind by you guys, with very limited benefits, at least to those of us who want to work hard and claw our way up.
The other smart analysis, again via radio, pointed to the exit polls’ finding of widespread fear, including fear of Ebola, fear of terrorism, fear that their kids would be worse off than they, etc.
So you got a richly deserved thrashing.
National security was a big deal, which according to punditwisdom it isn’t supposed to be, even in presidential elections and certainly not in legislative off-year elections.
So I’ve got advice for the Democrats: repent and convert.
Repent of your failed view of the world. You’re still mouthing hundred-year-old slogans in pidgen Marxism, all that class-conflict garbage. It had some legitimacy in the 19th century, and in some Old World countries in the 20th, but it doesn’t explain much of anything any more. Start with the wisdom of an old Italian friend who once headed the Communist Party’s youth organization: “but there is no working class.”