Are the Dems doomed?
Really, really, really good read over at Hot Air. Lots of historical political and economic perspective…. and some discussion about whether the left or the right has the upper hand in the coming age of austere governance.
I think the Dems are toast primarily for Jonah Goldberg’s observation:
[T]here’s a key difference between the parties. The Democrats tend to be more traditionally coalitional: If everyone sticks together, everyone gets paid. In the age of austerity, however, zero-sum politics become more of the norm. When one constituency’s victory is another’s loss, the payoff for solidarity diminishes.
…and I think it goes a tad bit further than political payoffs. The left is simply too insulated from robust discussion and is eating itself alive. Each time a member of its coalition dares question the group, under the bus they go. Ask Cory Booker and company.
An ideology that reaches consensus only by subtraction is doomed to implode.
Bonus Edit: Another sign Dems are writing off Obama.