The columnist and radio host, who appears on this site every week, has issued a salty rant over the conservative Democrats and pundits who are already blaming liberals for their party’s losses.
If you’re a progressive and find yourself frustrated by the election, be sure to read Sirota’s entire post for cathartic release. In the excerpt below, he explains what, in his view, really happened.
David Sirota via Open Left:
The facts are painfully apparent. Though hundreds - if not thousands - of people in D.C. are professionally paid to pretend these facts require debate and analysis and parsing and speculation and press releases and pithy Tweets and Sunday Show roundtables and C-SPAN symposia and to-camera cable-TV rants and lengthy thousand-page books, they don’t require any of that. They are simple. They are obvious. They are undeniable:
1. The Democratic Party shit on its base with its policies, as noted above.
2. This demoralized the Democratic base, which responded by not turning out to vote. As CBS News notes, “Hispanics, African Americans, union members and young people were among the many core Democratic groups that turned out in large numbers in the 2008 elections (but) turnout among these groups dropped off substantially, even below their previous midterm levels.”
3. In cause-and-effect style, the result of all this was, as the Washington Post reports, a freshman congressional class that is primarily made up of angry, white, lunatic-conservative assholes.
So yes, all of you who are wasting all of our time pretending this isn’t the basic point-A-to-point-B story of the election - and there are a lot of you out there - please, if not for me, then for everyone else: Go fuck yourself.