...and I say to myself -"That's 10.""If Obama names Warren, the momentum in the campaign would shift powerfully and immediately, with a rejuvenated Democratic base excited and fighting trim, ready to roll, ready to fight, ready to erupt with support that the selection of Warren would inspire."
Since Obama was elected, I noticed a propensity for Democrats to enthusiastically embrace broad sweeping generalizations that strike me as - well - delusional. These episodes are characterized by an extended period of self-congratulatory, mutually-admiring, media/blog linkfests that bloom like a 1,000 flowers across the intertube gardens. Eventually the meme withers on the vine and is recognized to be - well - delusional, at which point it is never mentioned again. Except by Republican blogs who point and laugh.
So, I started accumulating a list. Adding Budowski's latest, I now have 10, and it is time to go to press. This list is by no means exhaustive. Please nominate any additional delusions I may have missed in the comments. If there is enough interest, I'll post a poll to rank them.
TOP TEN DEMOCRATIC PARTY DELUSIONS SINCE OBAMA WAS ELECTED
- Obama won a progressive mandate.
- America is a center-left country.
- Demographic realignment means a permanent Democratic majority is inevitable.
- The Republican Party is dead. [Ok. Even I believed this one, but that was before Obama was elected.]
- A Republican cannot win Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat.
- It does not really matter what is in the Stimulus Bill, Democrats just need to spend for the sake of spending and once it is passed, it will be popular.
- The legislative "sausage-making" process is ugly and unpopular, but after Health Care Reform is passed people will like it and Democrats can run on it.
- The Tea Party is irrelevant.
- Democrats will keep their congressional majority.
- If Obama names Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic base erupts like a volcano and votes in November.
- President Obama picking a fight with John Boehner is a big win for Democrats because - you know- everyone would rather have Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.
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