Today’s Mystery Pundit says that the “Democrats are in denial” and that their party is in “deep trouble.”
The presidency is extremely important, of course. But there are also thousands of critically important offices all the way down the ballot. And the vast majority — 70 percent of state legislatures, more than 60 percent of governors, 55 percent of attorneys general and secretaries of state — are in Republicans hands. And, of course, Republicans control both chambers of Congress. Indeed, even the House infighting reflects, in some ways, the health of the GOP coalition. Republicans are confident they won’t lose power in the House and are hungry for a vigorous argument about how best to use the power they have.
Not only have Republicans won most elections, but they have a perfectly reasonable plan for trying to recapture the White House. But Democrats have nothing at all in the works to redress their crippling weakness down the ballot. Democrats aren’t even talking about how to improve on their weak points, because by and large they don’t even admit that they exist.
Instead, the party is focused on a competition between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton over whether they should go a little bit to Obama’s left or a lot to his left, options that are unlikely to help Democrats down-ballot in the face of an unfriendly House map and a more conservative midterm electorate. The GOP might be in chaos, but Democrats are in a torpor.
Longtime Sharp VodkaPundit Readers™ know I would never bother linking this column if it had been written by someone at Town Hall or Red State, or even one of the major papers’ token conservatives writers.
Really Very Quite Sharp VodkaPundit Readers™ are already thinking, “I bet this is another Ron Fournier piece.”
Are you sitting down for the big reveal?
Seriously, you really ought to be sitting down for this one. So much so that I’m going to do the reveal in two parts, just to give you an extra chance to plant your rear end on a solid surface.
Ready or not, here’s the first part of the reveal:
Today’s Mystery Pundit writes for Vox.
Yes, that Vox — the place where dumb people who think they’re smart go to feel even smarter while actually becoming even dumber.
You’re sitting now, aren’t you?
That’s good, because here comes the second part of the reveal:
That’s right, Matthew Yglesias.
Which just goes to show you that even a stopped calendar is right once a year.
P.S. No link, because Vox. Other than this one reluctant pat on the head for Matty, I won’t support what they do with links of my own.