Lawrence O’Donnell is sure that the Republicans are too crazy to win an election, but one of them just took a seat in New York that has been Democratic for no less than 88 years. O’Donnell is baffled by that event. “How are voters sending a message of disappointment in Obama,” he asks, “by electing a weird and crazy Republican?”
When a baseball team is losing, it fires the manager. It may not actually be the manager’s fault, and it may be that the new manager will not be any better. The new manager may even be worse. What the team knows, however, is that the manager is what can be changed so that is what it changes, because something has to change.
When a business is failing, it fires the chief executive. It may not actually be the chief executive’s fault, and it may be that the new chief executive will not be any better. The new chief executive may even be worse. What the business knows, however, is the executive is what can be changed so that is what it changes, because something has to change.
When a nation is “on the wrong track,” as 72% of voters believe is currently the case for this nation, they throw out the party in charge because that is what the voters can change and because something has to change.
Democrats are trying to stay in charge with things like “it’s not our fault” and “you simply cannot elect Republicans because they are crazy.” Lawrence O’Donnell believes those things because he is a Democrat and he does not understand why anyone would not allow themselves to be swayed by those “obvious truths.”
Those are not “obvious truths” to Independents. That’s why they are called Independents. They know Republicans are crazy, but they think Democrats are crazy too. They don’t think either party is saying anything that makes any sense. If they vote against Democrats they are merely exchanging a form of crazy that is prattling about “tax cuts and balance the budget” and not working, for a form of crazy that is prattling about “tax cuts and balance the budget” and might or might not work. Some choice.
I’m not saying O’Donnell and the Democrats don’t have a good point with “it’s not our fault” and “you simply cannot elect Republicans because they are crazy.” I’m just saying it might very well not work.