Different Perspectives


2000, Democrats: "We wuz robbed!"
2002, Democrats: "We wuz robbed again!"
2004, Democrats: "We wuz robbed yet again!"
2006, Republicans: "Bummer. Oh, well, we’ll do better next time."

Note that right-wing pundits and bloggers don’t seem to be fixating on voter fraud, despite documented evidence that the Democrats have been doing that kind of thing?  Note that Republican candidates who lost very narrowly gave in gracefully, without demanding recounts or resorting to the courts?  Why the difference?

I think it’s the basic Democrat culture of entitlement showing through.  Democrats were angry in 2000, 2002, and 2004 because they felt that they deserved to win.  Republicans don’t feel that anyone deserves anything.  They believe that all rewards have to be earned.

There’s another way of looking at this.  In 2000, 2002, and 2004, Democrats explained their defeat by looking to see what the Republicans had done to inflict defeat on the Democrats.  In 2006, the Republicans seem to be explaining their defeat by looking for all the ways they themselves loused up.  The Democrats are showing their investment in the cult of the victim.  They didn’t lose because of any fault or failure of their own; they lost because of the nefarious acts of villainous Republicans.

Posted by Anthony on 1 reply


01. Nov 14, 2006 at 03:57pm by Mike:

You’re 100% correct here.  I was thinking the same thing since the election that all of a sudden there’s absolutely no voter fraud anywhere in the country now that the Democrats finally won an election (I guess we in the vast right-wing conspiracy just finally decided to play fair, huh?).  Of course, I’d say the Republicans lost the election more than the Dems won it, but whatever.  Hopefully the GOP will learn the proper lesson from this spanking and rediscover their conservative soul.  I’m also wondering how long it’s going to be before the governing majority irritates me enough to get back on that ol’ political blogging horse.

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