The Democratic Party is devoid of ideas, or at least ideas on which it is willing to run.
Those ideas the Democratic Party did have were annihilated in the mid-term elections. The era of Democrats is not over, but the era of Democratic Party ideology of big government as the solution to everything is over ... at least until the next crisis is not allowed to go to waste.
And the Democrats knew it long before November 2, which is why the Democrats had an explicit and deliberate strategy of basing their campaigns almost exclusively on opposition research to personally attack opponents. As I have pointed out before and the data on election ads reflect, Republicans mostly ran on ideas and policy and Democrats mostly ran on Aqua Buddha.
There is one aspect of Democratic Party ideology, however, which did survive the nuclear winter of the Democratic Party: The Race Card.
In fact, the race card is all Democratic Party supporters have left. Here is a sampling from the week that just was:
- On the eve of the election, Media Matters and its compatriots managed to get ABC to drop Andrew Breitbart from ABC's election coverage by accusing Breitbart of engaging in "race baiting" and claiming that having him on the coverage was "like rewarding a Klansman."
- On Election Day, Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post, signalled that the era of the race card would survive the day, even if the Democratic Party majority in the House did not, as he lashed out at Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee and the entire Tea Party movement as inherently racist: "Obama has made mistakes that rightly cost him political support. But I can't help believing that the tea party's rise was partly due to circumstances beyond his control -- that he's different from other presidents, and that the difference is his race."
- Eugene Kane, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wholeheartedly agreed with Robinson: "I'm sure Robinson and the Washington Post will take lots of flak for this Election Day column. BUT I can honestly say that I - and many black journalists who have followed the rise of the Tea Party movement - wholeheartedly agree with everything he's saying."
- New America Media, "the country's first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations," termed last Tuesday "the most racist election in decades."
- Tim Wise, who describes himself as "among the nation's most prominent anti-racist writers and educators" wrote at DailyKos "I know, you think you’ve taken “your country back” with this election -- and of course you have always thought it was yours for the taking, cuz that’s what we white folks are bred to believe, that it’s ours, and how dare anyone else say otherwise -- but you are wrong."
- A blogger a Balloon-Juice (the same blog which called Juan Williams a "lawn jockey") wrote that the entire election was just code for racism: "But of all the undercover code words to scream ‘Nigger, nigger, nigger’, the best is “Center Right Nation”. All that really mens when decoded is “White Nation” and that is what tonight’s Confederate Party gains were all about. It is a story about the white supremacy movement in America reasserting itself."
- Combining the race card with Palin Derangement Syndrome, a slew of mainstream media (including The Washington Post) concocted an absurd accusation that Sarah Palin had "favorited" a racist tweet (see HotAir for backround).
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