If you thought the more zealous elements on the Left might be tempered by tonight’s results, think again. Votes are still being counted, but Katrina Vanden Heuvel already writes, over at The Nation, “The Democrats Lost Big Tonight. Why Obama Should Double Down.” Key sentence:
The Obama administration should act right away to use its executive powers to take steps to deal with long-ignored issues that need to be dealt with for the good of the nation.
I’m not a “vox populi, vox Dei” kind of guy, but “for the good of the nation” is the weaselly, feel-good phrase one uses to justify something wildly unpopular. That Vanden Heuvel can tout executive overreach in obvious defiance of midterm voters on the very night that those voters went to the polls is galling in the extreme. Are we past the days of even feigning humility?
Apparently so. The Will of the People when you like what they’re saying; “for the good of the nation” when you don’t. Expect much more of this in the coming days.