I think my hopes that a defeat at the polls would prompt a self-reexamination on the part of the Left have already been dashed. The rapidly emerging consensus on the part of leftist media figures, pundits and political figures is that they lost due to “moral issues,” which many are interpreting to mean gay marriage and maybe abortion. The subtext here seems to be that they lost because too many Red Staters are bigots, not because people have lost faith in leftist solutions on economic and regulatory issues.
I swear, one can almost see the spinnerets, erupting from leftist asses pulsing with the liquid silk of rationalizations, just waiting for the barest of factoids on which to spin a comforting cocoon of leftist self-delusion.
The whole “moral issues” finding is a crock in the first place. The exit poll on which this is all apparently based asked voters which of the following seven issues was the most important.
Moral Values (22%)
Health Care (8%)
First, the pollsters selected the issues to choose from. Second, the phrase “moral values” could mean almost anything; if they had asked about “traditional values” they might have learned something. Third, “moral values” scored highest of the issues listed, but it still only got 22%, just between 1/5 and 1/4. 78% thought another issue was more important. If you combine Iraq and Terrorism into National Security you get an issue with 34%. If you combine Taxes with Economy/Jobs you get an issue with 25%. (And aren’t these separations indicative of how the Left views these issues in the first place? — i.e., Iraq is not a part of the War on Terror, taxes don’t have much to do with the Economy or Jobs.) Perhaps “Moral Issues” is just a broad clump of many issues which a statistical sample of people lump under “moral issues.”
The problem here for the Left is that if they all buy into this they won’t evolve. You can’t compromise on moral issues. If you believe in gay marriage or abortion on demand then how can you honestly or practically build a political platform based on opposing them? If they believe that they lost, and especially that they lost across the board, due to a small minority of bigots, they won’t ask basic questions. Most importantly, they won’t reexamine their fetishistic devotion to centralized-bureaucraticism, which is their Achilles heel.
I remain convinced that the Left loses because of the mechanism that they repeatedly choose to deliver services like education and health care. If they could just loosen up a bit, and even entertain the notion (what with this being the 21st century and all) that maybe, just maybe, a template laid down in the 1930s no longer offers the best solutions.
Apparently, I shouldn’t hold my breath.