So it isn’t just me turning into (God help me) Ayn Rand over here…
Here’s Dan Calabrese (do read the whole thing):
Keep the number to your therapist handy. Prepare for tale after woebegone tale of struggling Americans, worried and apprehensive about the future and desperately seeking a big, benevolent hand to keep them from falling into the abyss.
It’s about kitchen tables, where families pore over bills and despair that all is lost. It’s about the “global economy”, which we are warned darkly that America will “lose” (Democrats always think economics is a zero-sum game) unless every single American is prosperous, which of course is not going to happen, which means we are going to lose.
It’s about how we just can’t produce enough oil to meet our needs, so we have to stop using it. It’s about life in America, which in the Democrats’ view is forever beset with despair and injustice.
All this may “connect” with people who are struggling or worried, but that comes with a price. Elections are won in the middle – by convincing moderates and independents to elect you. Is this the vision of America that will win over moderates and independents? Does anyone really want to put these Johnny Rainclouds and Debbie Downers in charge?