Final meltdown begins: “We’ve lost our minds,” says John Kerry of midterms

posted at 7:45 pm on October 29, 2010 by Allahpundit

In case you need another reason to be annoyed at the Stewart/Colbert rally this weekend, here’s one: It’s going to suck up all the media oxygen at a moment when insanely gratifying pieces about Democrats throwing tantrums could (and should) be getting written instead.

I’m counting on a big day from the press on Monday, at least. A big, teary, tantrum-y, schadenfreudean day.

It’s a slight variation on the Democrats’ theme this year – that the problem is with messaging. Kerry is astonished that the party in power – his party – is facing a backlash for policies that have turned out to be unpopular with weary taxpayers, as if this is somehow a new and strange phenomenon in American politics.

And while Republican obstructionism is to blame for, well, pretty much everything – including the failure of his own energy bill (which was shelved by his own majority leader, Harry Reid) – Democrats have nonetheless managed to lead the most productive Congress since the New Deal. Talk about having it both ways.

Nowhere in the speech did Kerry acknowledge the 21,000 jobs lost in Massachusetts just last month, or the widespread discontent that was marked by the election of the Bay State’s own Scott Brown last January. Heck, why talk about practical realities when you can point your finger at (sigh) Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh?

“It’s absurd. We’ve lost our minds,” Kerry said. “We’re in a period of know-nothingism in the country, where truth and science and facts don’t weigh in. It’s all short-order, lowest common denominator, cheap-seat politics.”

See, this is what makes Waffles a cut above the usual conservative whipping boy. Most Democrats, when pressed, fall back on either the “messaging” excuse or the “voters are morons” lament. Not Kerry; he covers all his bases. Compare and contrast to Slow Joe’s latest pearl of wisdom in Iowa today:

The vice president told Democrats at the rally to take Republicans’ ideas seriously, a variation on what he’s said at over 100 other fundraisers for Democratic candidates and incumbents this fall.

“Don’t take these stupid ideas lightly,” Biden said in Dubuque. “They mean it.”…

“Next time a Republican tells you anything about fiscal responsibility, laugh at them,” Biden said.

See? Not as satisfying. There’s a “voters are morons” message in there, to be sure, but it’s filtered through an attack on the party that voters are set to crown next week. Plus, no whining about messaging. Let’s see if Krugman can do better:

This is going to be terrible. In fact, future historians will probably look back at the 2010 election as a catastrophe for America, one that condemned the nation to years of political chaos and economic weakness…

In fact, if they get their way, we’ll get the worst of both worlds: They’ll refuse to do anything to boost the economy now, claiming to be worried about the deficit, while simultaneously increasing long-run deficits with irresponsible tax cuts — cuts they have already announced won’t have to be offset with spending cuts.

So if the elections go as expected next week, here’s my advice: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

That’s quality. Again, no “messaging” talking point, but there’s a vibrant “voters are morons” subtext plus an overt appeal to scare tactics of the sort that makes Democrats screech about fearmongering when the GOP does it. Which brings us to this:

ALAN GRAYSON (32:57): I think the right wing is trying to institute, consciously trying to institute, a national nervous breakdown. They have gotten their supporters so stoked up on hatred and fear that their supporters can’t contain themselves anymore. And they’re doing it cynically for an advantage in the election.

If you’re going to eschew “messaging” and “voters are morons” for a pure fearmongering talking point, then you’ve got to get creative with it. And Teacups, per his national nervous breakdown language, knows just what to do. Not as well-rounded as Kerry’s whining, but a fine effort nonetheless. Let’s call it … a solid B+.

Exit question: Is it time to start diagnosing people?


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At least Kerry has a problem with messaging and not with massaging like Gore.

“I think the right wing is trying to institute, consciously trying to institute, a national nervous breakdown”
That’s between us and our therapists.

exhelodrvr on October 29, 2010 at 11:56 PM

So when is Mr. Heinz’ senate seat up? Let’s go for a twofer there MA.

Mojave Mark on October 29, 2010 at 11:57 PM

But it’s clear that at least 10,000 people will coming from New York City, courtesy of the Huffington Post. Arianna Huffington, the site’s co-founder and editor-in-chief, made an off-the-cuff pledge during an appearance on the “Daily Show” to drive attendees to Washington. Now the Huffington Post has lined up 212 buses leaving from the Mets Citi Field at 6 a.m. Saturday
William Amos on October 29, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Could you imagine a worse Saturday – taking a 6 to 8 hour long bus ride with a bunch of whacked-out liberals to listen for several hours to another bunch of whacked-out liberals and then having to get back on the whacked-out liberal bus for the long ride back to NYC – wow!

PatMac on October 30, 2010 at 12:00 AM

We need to fire Senator Lurch as soon as possible.

MCGIRV on October 30, 2010 at 12:02 AM

My collie says:

Halp uz Jon Carry! We hav lost r minds n r stuk her in 1773. Pleeze send Jon Stewrt to restor r santy, k?

CyberCipher on October 30, 2010 at 12:04 AM

I’d hate to have been the one reporting that snoozer. I’d need half a bottle of No-Doz.

flataffect on October 30, 2010 at 12:13 AM

Who be “we”, who have lost our minds, Lurch?

Actually, I liked Lurch quite a bit. He had a sense of humor, if very dry.

You, Kerry, are nothing, never have been. Your best financial decision was to say “I do.” Now, I wouldn’t live with that harradan, so maybe that is why you are out windsurfing all the time. You can come back, claim fatigue and go to sleep, or at least not to have to couple with the woman, if she is one.

You lost your mind long ago, bub. The shame is it has taken a long time to catch up to you, and you can’t see it for what it is. You cannot learn, like dinosaurs. And you will get rolled over for it, still not understanding why.

Pitiful. If I cared.

Harry Schell on October 30, 2010 at 12:15 AM

Serial Gigolo John Thorne Heinz Kerry, The National Conscience.

warbaby on October 30, 2010 at 1:27 AM

Kerry is the master when it comes to knowing nothing! The only thing he does well is marry rich widows!

CrusaderPatriot.com

CrusaderPatriot on October 30, 2010 at 3:04 AM

In fact, if they get their way, we’ll get the worst of both worlds: They’ll refuse to do anything to boost the economy now, claiming to be worried about the deficit, while simultaneously increasing long-run deficits with irresponsible tax cuts — cuts they have already announced won’t have to be offset with spending cuts.

See. Krugman continues to be a lying, two-faced, steaming pile if sh*t. Rs (most especially Ryan) have put forward all sorts of cuts.

Krugman’s a douche-bag. I loathe the man.

nukemhill on October 30, 2010 at 11:25 AM

They’re so afraid the entire liberal sham is crumbling around them they’re just firing randomly in the dark. They don’t understand what America is. It’s past time we show them.

Pablo Snooze on October 30, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Final meltdown begins: “We’ve lost our minds homes,” says John Kerry of midterms
There ya go John FIFY!

sonnyspats1 on October 30, 2010 at 8:40 PM

“It’s all short-order, lowest common denominator, cheap-seat politics.”

ROFL! And this quote is from a sleaze-slinger of short-order, lowest common denominator, cheap-seat politics.

Translation: “I married a very wealthy widow so why don’t you poor slobs do the same thing?

shorebird on October 31, 2010 at 4:01 AM

Speak for yourself John.

MCGIRV on November 1, 2010 at 7:13 PM

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