by Jonathan Singer, Tue May 08, 2007 at 07:41:55 AM EDT
Writing in the opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal (why I'm quoting The Journal's opinion page is almost beyond me), Michael Barone opines that, in effect, Democrats are in serious trouble because of the population shifts in this country away from liberal coastal metropolises and states to interior ones that are more conservative and Republican today. In case you can't stomach going over to OpinionJournal.com, below is a paragraph from Barone that I think is generally representative of his whole piece.
The bad news for [Democrats] is that the Coastal Megalopolises grew only 4% in 2000-06, while the nation grew 6%. Coastal Megalopolitan states--New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois--are projected to lose five House seats in the 2010 Census, while California, which has gained seats in every census since it was admitted to the Union in 1850, is projected to pick up none.
I've devoted some time in the past to debunking theories like this and would like to take a brief moment to recall some of the responses I put forward in the past when others predicted Democratic gloom.
by David Sirota, Fri Aug 11, 2006 at 08:37:19 AM EDT
Finally, oh thank God finally, the Washington media elite is making it easy. Usually, D.C.'s professional pundits, pontificators and partisan puppets very carefully package their language to hide their real motives and their real beliefs. But this week following the primary defeat of Sen. Joe Lieberman by first-time candidate Ned Lamont, America is witnessing a good-old-fashioned watershed moment: the perfume is off, the restraint is removed, and the ugly, rancid, sweaty-lockerroom stench of truth is there for all of us commoners to waft. Sniff up, contain your dry heaving, and you will finally understand that all the talk of the Establishment's disdain for ordinary citizens is not just talk or conspiracy theory - it's very real, and very powerful.
Take, for instance, New York Times columnist David Brooks's piece yesterday - it is arguably the most brazen admission of elite disdain for democracy that has ever been printed in a major American newspaper. Before you dismiss that as hyperbole, read the third line of Brooks' piece:
"Polarized primary voters shouldn't be allowed to define the choices in American politics."
Yes, you read that correctly: According to one of the most prominent columnists in America, "voters shouldn't be allowed to define the choices in American politics." Sure, he tries to couch his statement by targeting "polarized primary voters" (because, of course, in the world of David Brooks - a chickenhawk who avoided military service himself but aggressively pushed the Iraq War - the 60 percent of Americans who are now "polarized" in opposition to the war should have their voting rights immediately revoked). But his underlying message is, again, right there in black and white: "Voters shouldn't be allowed to define the choices in American politics." Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the first major American newspaper columnist to officially go on record publicly demanding that American democracy be substitued with dictatorship - and one undoubtedly run by a small, bodyguarded council, cloistered in a luxury Manhattan high-rise, made up of David Brooks, a few of his country-club golfing buddies and maybe - if Davey decides billionaire Tom Friedman is deserving enough - a few other select New York Times columnists.
But no, folks, that's not all - see the extended entry for how it gets even better...
by Cogitator, Thu Jun 15, 2006 at 10:12:55 AM EDT
If it weren't for straw men, straw issues and straw ideas how else could the oh-aren't-I-so-insightful insular-ites in DC meet their respective deadlines for finger-on-the-pulse of America columns?
Michael Barone is but the latest. His June 12, 2006 Democrats Are Winning...Except at the Polls (http://tinyurl.com/pd7wh) is chock full of undocumented 'facts' that are curiously convenient for his asinine projections. The link to Barone's article:
Here are some highlighted excerpts followed by my takes: