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It’s not backlash, you know…

posted at 10:23 pm on November 1, 2010 by

Kevin Drum writes:

But there’s also one other thing: the backlash against Obama probably isn’t all that strong to begin with. As I mentioned on Friday, basic structural factors suggest a Democratic loss of 45 seats in the House this year. If Democrats instead lose 55, that’s evidence of a backlash, but not actually a very big one. It means that we’re still fundamentally the 50-50 nation we all talked about so much after the 2000 election, and a small shift among a small number of voters makes a big difference. It’s true that voters are frustrated and tired, but I think it’s a mistake to allow TV shoutfests to exaggerate just how frustrated and tired they really are.

Some now are predicting as much as 70 House seats going to the Republicans. If that happens, it will be very interesting to see just what kind of explanation Kevin hauls out to prove that, despite it all, it still wasn’t a backlash against Obama.

Because, of course, it won’t be. A priori there can be no such thing, because as all good Progressives know, there’s an emerging permanent Progressive majority.

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Kevin pretty much defines The Black Knight from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, doesn’t he?

jon1979 on November 1, 2010 at 11:57 PM

It’s just a flesh wound! HAVE AT YOU!

/montypythonblackknight

gryphon202 on November 2, 2010 at 1:13 AM

Hey, Barry said it himself: his agenda is on the ballot.

Or is this tool saying The One doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about?

Cylor on November 2, 2010 at 1:26 AM

Mother Jones telling us the backlash is overrated is comical indeed.

WannabeAnglican on November 2, 2010 at 6:24 AM

They did not hear us for two years. They will hear us today. May they now understand what we are saying.

EliTheBean on November 2, 2010 at 8:29 AM

Bog standard rhetoric.

Whenever the Left wins office, by whatever margin (see also Bill Clinton) it’s a mandate. If you don’t take everything from the Dems, it’s like battling a tin pot dictator from the Middle East. They weren’t utterly destroyed, so somehow they win.

Asher on November 2, 2010 at 9:36 AM

It’s not a backlash against Obama because it is not about him personally. It is a backlash against the statist attempt to take over the country as personified by Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Frankin, Frank, Soros, … et al. If it weren’t Obama, it would be whoever they managed to put in place to front the “movement”.

sabbahillel on November 2, 2010 at 10:48 AM