Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Validated by the Wall Street Journal


A few days ago, in this post, I wrote:
The real problem with Democrats is that they think they're still supposed to be in the White House and in charge of Congress....

[I]t seems that Democrats are suffering from a bizarre form of near-term memory loss. They remember 1933-1969, when they held the White House for all but Ike's two terms. (And what kind of Republican was Ike, anyway?) They mistakenly thought their White House hegemony had been restored with Clinton's ascendancy, but Clinton was really an accidental president. Democrats vividly remember having controlled both houses of Congress for most of the 62 years from 1933 to 1995, and they keep deluding themselves that they will retake Congress in the "next" election....
Today's OpinionJournal carries an article by Brendan Miniter, "D Is for Descendancy," with the subhead, "The Democrats are no longer the majority party. Is this the year they'll finally admit it?" As Miniter puts it:
Democrats still seem to believe they can win back the White House without making any significant modification to their party's policies -- that they are the natural majority party just waiting to be given back control.
They're wrong, but they don't want to admit it. That's why -- as I said in my earlier post -- they cry " 'nasty' and 'unfair' whenever they lose to Republicans. It's childish behavior. Get over it!"