During the health care “debate” — or suppression of debate — the White House asked people to send in anything that looked “fishy” from their opponents. Now they put out an even more ham-handed attempt to intimidate Americans: Attack Watch.
It is currently being laughed off the internet, which is a good sign. The Democrats look like the gang that can’t shoot straight.
One Democrat defender says this is just what Clinton did with his “Rapid Response,” and I think that is true. The Democrats still live with the legacy of the 1988 presidential race between Dukakis and Bush. The Republicans demolished Dukakis, who did not respond adequately to attacks. Since then the Democrats have been determined to fight back against all attacks — but they don’t fight the ideas, they delegitimize and intimidate the attackers.
The Democrats are prone to these tone deaf campaigns of intimidation because they are what their base wants. Nothing gets the left so motivated as asking them to attack right-wingers. This is how your raise money on the left. This is the idea behind Media Matters and George Soros’s other operations.
The Democrats don’t ask their base to defend ideas and principles. What ideas to they have? What principles, other than the pursuit of power, do they hold dear? But ask them to attack those evil right-wingers, and you get the juices flowing.
You might remember that during the early years of the Bush 43 presidency, the Democrat base was furious with their legislators because they were not attacking Bush the way the Republicans attacked Clinton. Never mind that Clinton was a walking scandal factory and Bush was by political standards fairly honest; the base wanted blood.
It goes back to morality. The Democrats are altruist-collectivist-statists. It is self-evident to them that they are moral people — and so their opponents must be immoral. The left is good, the right is evil. They would sooner question the law of gravity than this assumption.
Leftists believe that in any conflict with the right their primary task is not to refute ideas, but to reveal their opponents’ wickedness. Ideas actually get in the way because those cunning right-wingers use them to manipulate the minds of unsuspecting Americans. Opponents of ObamaCare were called nazis, KKK, mean-spirited, racists, a mob, and so on. And the substance of the bill? As Nancy Pelosi said, we’ll have to pass it to find out what’s in it. They did not bother with a serious debate of the issues; instead their energy went into demonizing and smearing the right.
Attack Watch is just one more sign that the left is out of ideas. They are an intellectual black hole and a spent force.