Sometimes I wish politicians would just shut up during the days immediately after elections have been held. They should let the country digest the results and enjoy a few days of peace and quiet after the appalling orgy of political spending and political ads that makes the days just before the election a disgusting spectacle.
Unfortunately, politicians don’t take this advice. They can’t help themselves. They just have to issue a press release, send out an e-mail, or appear before the cameras to advance the “messaging” and “spin” that the party bosses have decided must be the post-election party line.
So it has been with this election. Yesterday and today I have heard a number of Democrats — including Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and outgoing Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, among others — voice the view that this election, in which the Democrats were pulverized in the House, the Senate, and statehouses across the country, was not a rejection of the policies of the Obama Administration and its allies. Instead, they say it was just the apparently random thrashings of an angry electorate that was frustrated because the change the President and Democrats have begun is not moving fast enough.
Do these politicians really think about the absurdity of this spin before they propound it? In this case, it is grossly insulting that they apparently believe such ludicrous spin could be swallowed by a gullible populace. At bottom, their theory is that voters impatient with the slow pace of President Obama’s agenda went to the voting booth — and then voted for Republican after Republican who not only did not promise to speed up the President’s agenda, but instead promised to resist and repeal it. Does that scenario seem remotely plausible to anyone other than the spinmeisters at national Democratic Party headquarters?
This kind of over-the-top “messaging” just reflects contempt for the intelligence of the American voter. I think it is one of the reasons why so many Americans voted to throw the bums out only two days ago.