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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Two Americas (Updated)

If this isn't an argument for Republicans to abandon moderate candidates, I don't know what would be. Maureen Dowd makes some revealing comments while gloating over Romney's defeat.

She begins:
Team Romney has every reason to be shellshocked. Its candidate, after all, resoundingly won the election of the country he was wooing.

Mitt Romney is the president of white male America.

Maybe the group can retreat to a man cave in a Whiter House, with mahogany paneling, brown leather Chesterfields, a moose head over the fireplace, an elevator for the presidential limo, and one of those men’s club signs on the phone that reads: “Telephone Tips: ‘Just Left,’ 25 cents; ‘On His Way,’ 50 cents; ‘Not here,’ $1; ‘Who?’ $5.”

Most people thinking  about "man caves" would have immediately thought of a garage or unfinished basement, with perhaps an old TV and battered sofa or recliner. Dowd, however, immediately went to expensive and privileged clubs, showing that she is merely part of the spoiled 1%, deigning to shower her intellect and wit on the rest of us. How conceited of her.

She goes on:
In its delusional death spiral, the white male patriarchy was so hard core, so redolent of country clubs and Cadillacs, it made little effort not to alienate women. The election had the largest gender gap in the history of the Gallup poll, with Obama winning the vote of single women by 36 percentage points.
No mind that Romney won the married women vote by 7%. In Dowd's world, married women don't matter. All that matters is that Obama captured the slut vote--those women whose concept of "freedom" or "civil rights" is focused around their female parts, and liberally using those parts without consequences or shame.

Her "insanity" metaphors continue:
Romney and Tea Party loonies dismissed half the country as chattel and moochers who did not belong in their “traditional” America.
Then she apparently imagines a political race that I never saw:
But ... the more they tried to force chastity belts on women, ...
I didn't realize the lack of government provided infanticide and birth control was the equivalent of locking women in a chastity belt. Imagine how she characterizes the lack of government provided toilets?
The election about the economy also sounded the death knell for the Republican culture wars.  
Whoa. Back to the government subsidized infanticide and birth control again. I guess Dowd has a one track mind.

Anyway, I won't subject you to more. She merely blathers off into her hatred of "Leave It To Beaver." But the point from all of this is that there is no benefit to the Republicans attempting to moderate themselves into capturing the liberal vote. Dowd unwittingly makes a clear case that there are two Americas suffering from irreconcilable differences. 

Update: Instapundit linked to these insights from the Dissident Frog. The comments that are particularly appropo have to do with his observations of what happened in France when the "conservative party" tried to include the liberals:
Some of you believe that shifting demographics have now relegated the American Right to a permanent minority status, and that to regain the initiative, you must disown the "Right-wing nut jobs" and "move to the center". That notion would be stupid and self-defeating enough at face value, even if it wasn’t echoed by a slew of Left wing pundits, who smelled the blood and see your doubts as a unique opportunity to demolish you further.

For the results of such a ‘strategic’ move, one needs only to turn, once again, to France.

Look at the French Right. See it? Look harder, as it is now very difficult to distinguish from the Left. Back in 1981, when the French elected their first officially Socialist president in a long time, and the French Right went on a losing streak, collapsing at the polls under what was then dubbed la vague rose ("the pink wave". Rose in French meaning both the color pink and the rose flower, emblem of the French Socialists) they figured, quite cynically, that they had to give the voters whatever they demanded—and moved left. They are now only nominatively Right wing, yet are consistently chided and scorned by the French press as right-wingers, ultra conservative and free market fundamentalists.

In other words, the French "Right" is now always wrong, and only has herself to blame.

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