Ed Driscoll

It's Deja Dem All Over Again

“The media [is] ignoring the whiff of desperation emanating from Democrats,” Noah Rothman writes at Hot Air, noting various and sundry campaign meltdowns and scandals involving Democrats Mark Udall of Colorado, Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky, John Walsh of Montana and Mark Warner:

And in Texas, state Sen. Wendy Davis, the beneficiary of shortsighted hysteria on the left following her unsuccessful filibuster of a Texas law which would have restricted late-term abortions, fielded an ad which has been universally denounced by both liberal and conservative members of the pundit class. Rather than take her lumps and pull the atonal ad which criticizes her opponent, GOP gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott, for suing after he was permanently disabled, Grimes has doubled down. Today, as Allahpundit noted, Davis is defending the ad as part of a mortifying effort to save face in which she has surrounded herself with disabled supporters.

The press has largely failed to notice the Democrats’ worst week ever, but what is more egregious is that the political media has also failed to observe another fascinating phenomenon: Democrats are abandoning their own brand.

As The Weekly Standard’s Mark Hemmingway observed, the Democrats have essentially admitted that their party’s brand is toxic and their only hope for retaining the Senate lies in backing candidates who bear a dubious claim to independence.

In late 2003, Ann Coulter noted, “both parties run for office as conservatives. Once they have fooled the voters and are safely in office, Republicans sometimes double-cross the voters. Democrats always do.”

In 2006, Rahm Emanuel, then chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, enabled his party to take back the House and Senate by conceiving of a strategy of running the so-called “Blue Dog Democrat” candidates posing as moderate Republicans, who became, as Kevin McCullough of Townhall accurately dubbed them immediately after the midterms, “Nancy Pelosi’s Crash Test Dummies.” So much so, that they sacrificed their longevity in Congress by voting for Obamacare and then being blown out of office by angry voters in November of 2010, but not before several Democrat candidates ran campaign ads in which they posed as — you guessed it — moderate or conservative Republicans.

And now in 2014, Democrats are once again posing as Republicans — sometimes overtly so, in the sense of Democrat candidate Clay Aiken, who has been distributing lawn signs and other campaign paraphernalia labeled “RepublicAiken” in North Carolina to deliberately confuse voters:

Of course, Aiken seems pretty confused himself, referring to the American military as “G.I. Joe Soldiers.”

As for the rest of us, how many times will voters allow Lucy to pull the football at the last moment before they catch on to what is a bi-annual deception?