LULU by John Linton Roberson (c) 2012.
I Didn't Write That!
03 November 2004
  Whipped Hard Whipped Hard

So it's official: Bush whupped our asses and whupped 'em hard. Every poll was off, yes, but not as we had thought. Apparently much of America is willing--indeed hungers--to keep him in office, one way or another, as the fabled youth vote did not come out as was expected, Eminem & P. Diddy notwithstanding.

And a word about that: if there's a military draft, I don't care about any of your whining. You just made your choice, kiddos. My generation coming out in force got Clinton into office. You can't be bothered, apparently.

But Bush has now legitimized his presidency. As far as we know, it was a clear and honest result, and the voting machines do not seem to be amiss at all. I hate to congratulate the RNC but it seems they won this fair and square.

On the other hand, we here elected Barack Obama to the Senate. Whoopie. One more in a minority of 44 among Democrats. And such a struggle it must have been to beat Alan Keyes. Watching the debates I noticed Obama often had this sort of baffled look, given that every single issue, for Keyes, had to be brushed aside for abortion. Obama had to fill the time somehow with the actual issues important to us in Illinois. And yet 22% or so of voters here actually bothered to go to the polls to vote for Keyes. But given that's about the same percentage of us who voted for Bush, I think we can assume the Bush voters simply voted for every Republican. Which is only fair; people like me voted for every Democrat.

Today I am very angry at the party, as I imagine a lot of people are. It's very disheartening to realize the only true leader the party's produced since LBJ has been Bill Clinton. And without him, they're completely ineffective and disunited. One wonders at times how its various factions even remain united, and now that women and Hispanic voters seem to be bleeding away to the GOP, the question of who the Democratic party really represents becomes more askable than ever before.

The DLC side are wrong to rely upon the yuppie voter and ignore the rural voter, once the Democrats' strength. The radical-left side are wrong to insist on shoving their agenda down people's throats--or at least to make it come off that way. The ones who bled off to Nader before that are also still in the party have never understood how to get their way through compromises and trade-offs, which they treat with an absolutist hatred and see as weakness, and so will not at least support the candidate closest to their interests in order to at least avoid the one actively against them. They treat the alienation of the other side as a further sign they're correct and, smug, they sit contentedly on their principles, glad that they haven't gotten them all dirty even for a moment.

By trying to be all things to all people the party manages to be nothing to anyone. No one is ever really convinced the Democrat is anything more than a weak version of the Republican--except Clinton. The party is weak, the party doesn't care; the party is, as a Nation editor wrote today, "broken beyond repair." The question one should ask is whether that party is still worth trying to drive or if something entirely new needs to be born. Should the country's oldest political party go the way of the Whigs?

I know that there is now no party that represents my interests and I'm feeling very sick of politics altogether. Don't be surprised if there's a lot more comics and a lot less of this blog from me for a while. Just thinking about last night makes me twitch a little.

But we lost. Period. No excuses this time. And there was a reason. Now we have to think about that.

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