Liberal Gloat

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    The Liberal Gloat​




    By: Ross Douthat
    November 17, 2012



    WINNING an election doesn’t just offer the chance to govern the country. It offers a chance to feel morally and intellectually superior to the party you’ve just beaten. This is an inescapable aspect of democratic culture: no matter what reason tells us about the vagaries of politics, something in the American subconscious assumes that the voice of the people really is the voice of God, and that being part of a winning coalition must be a sign that you’re His chosen one as well.

    This means the losing coalition must be doomed to wander east of Eden, and liberals have been having a good time with this idea of late. “Those poor, benighted Republicans!” runs the subtext of their postelection commentary. “They can’t read polls! They can’t reach Hispanics! They don’t understand women! They don’t have a team of Silicon Valley sorcerers running their turnout operations!”

    Back in 2011, the Obama White House earned some mild mockery for its “win the future” slogan. But now that the president has been re-elected, the liberal conventional wisdom is that the Democrats have done just that — that Republicans are now Radio Shack to their Apple store, “The Waltons” to their “Modern Family,” a mediocre Norman Rockwell to their digital-age mosaic.

    Maybe it’s too soon to pierce this cloud of postelection smugness. But in the spirit of friendly correction — or, O.K., maybe curmudgeonly annoyance — let me point out some slightly more unpleasant truths about the future that liberalism seems to be winning.

    Liberals look at the Obama majority and see a coalition bound together by enlightened values — reason rather than superstition, tolerance rather than bigotry, equality rather than hierarchy. But it’s just as easy to see a coalition created by social disintegration and unified by economic fear.


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    Ross Douthat is a poopy head.
     
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    It's not "gloating".

    It's a reminder that the United States is a liberal nation and a Democratic Republic.

    Not the fascist neocon theocracy you folks want to turn it into.
     
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    We're morally and intellectually superior even if we lost.

    Hey... just a note to that fucking RETARD bigrebnc... I did remove all the excess stuff from this guy's post, to focus on one single thing.
     
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    Liberal optimism is unrealistic, you say?

    Yeah, I'd say that's probably true for the clueless faction of partisans of Obama.

    Their childish optimism is much like the right wing's carard about "American exceptionalism" in that respect.

    The author is right in telling us that we're not soon going back to the halcyon economic days of the late 60s, that's for damned sure.
     
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    The Democrats haven't been doing excessive gloating, more than one whacked-out side usually does.

    And holy crap, the hardcore righties in here were gloating about Romney's "win" for MONTHS before the election. As were some right wing partisan blabbers.

    .
     
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    ^^^^^^^^

    not living in the wackadoodle bubble
     
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    this thread enabler has a huge whiff of sock about him
     
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    that's a big steaming pile ^
     
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    the thing with liberals is they don't just gloat, they want to smash your face in it..

    hasn't been pretty

    they are ugly when they lose and even worse when they win
     

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