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Reading this longish, “breaking news from 2000″ piece in the Los Angeles Times — which essentially tells us that the Democrats own the West Coast and New England, the GOP owns the South and the mountain west, and the tossup states in between will decide the election — I was struck by this passage:

[Obama] tied Romney to the unpopular Republicans in Congress, citing Romney’s embrace of the House GOP’s budget proposal. Obama called that proposal “thinly veiled social Darwinism” that would gut spending on programs like education, government research and job training.

The unpopular Republicans in Congress. Now how in the world can it be that the GOP in Congress is unpopular? That would be the GOP of weepy House speaker John Boehner, who has a sizable governing majority in his chamber and can’t do much of anything with it, and the powerless Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell.

Let’s assume for the moment that it’s true that the GOP is unpopular. Whose fault is that? The Democrat-media complex, personified and directed from Chicago by none other than Jake Lingle himself, would have you believe that Republican obstructionism and the beastly Paul Ryan budget have soured the same electorate that sent the Tea Party candidates to Congress in huge numbers two years precisely to obstruct Obamaism and to get the nation’s finances in order — neither of which has happened.

There’s a simpler explanation, one that is not self-contradictory and that has the added advantage of being true: Nobody admires a weakling, a coward, or a crybaby. In other words, if the GOP congressional delegation is unpopular that’s its own fault — for letting Obama insult it, demean it, belittle it, and run roughshod over it without a peep out of the leadership. (“We’re only one-half of one-third of . . . blah, blah, blah.”)

The modern Left’s goal is bloodless victory whenever possible: to get its opponent to take himself out of the game before the game is even played. Its whingeing about “fairness” and “tolerance” constantly suckers the Stupid party into a kind of preemptive appeasement, so as not to be seen as the bad guys. And we all know how well that works out.

A good deal of the opposition to Mitt Romney was due to his aura as the “establishment candidate” — and a sizable segment of the base loathes the accommodationist “establishment” and would almost rather suffer four more years of Obama than four more years of Boehner & Co. Those of us who warned early on about the danger BHO II posed to the country as founded, as well as those who finally figured it out, have been waiting — begging — from some pushback for up to three years now.

We’re still waiting. 

Michael Walsh — Mr. Walsh is the author of the novels Hostile Intent and Early Warning and, writing as frequent NRO contributor David Kahane, Rules for Radical Conservatives.


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