January is not even done yet and the Democrats are already in retreat!
This is what happens when you didn't learn the lessons of "Being in the Wilderness," after the shellacking of Election 1994. And by G-d, it's happening again. Which House member is playing Rep. Dan Rostonkowski?
First, there was the Massachusetts Election where Senator Scott Brown won a seat not held by Republicans since Senator Edward Brooke who ended his term in 1979.
Second, the Supreme Court adjusted the Campaign Finance laws where Corporations can compete against Unions.
And Third, Air America finally went belly up.
What does this mean for 2010 and 2012?
With Senator Scott Brown's win, the Lobbyists and financial backers of campaigns will be giving more credence to Republicans after they win their Primaries.
The Supreme Court ruling means that Corporations can play the game as individual financiers do. George Soros and ACORN will now have a fight on their hands. And the interesting thing, they all have to file with the FEC -- everything is out in the open.
And anyway, the Democrats have no leg to stand on Campaign Finance anyway. Why? Remember McCain-Feingold written in 2002? Changed the laws about raising funds for campaigns somewhat for the better (yes, that was sarcasm). The Democrats spent all of 2000 - 2001 complaining about the finance laws. Bam! Senator McCain got it done.
Does anybody remember the promises during the Primary of one Senator Obama? He said he would use public financing in the General. He reneged. Senator McCain stood by the financing laws and Senator Obama raised money hand over fist. If the Democrats lie about elections, what else have they lied about? Karma is sometimes a dangerous thing to play with.
And finally Air America. Well, if you folks on the Left actually listened to Rush or Hannity or Hewitt or Levin or any of the Right, you realize Talk radio is not just saying "The other guys suck," for 24/7. It is about engaging the audience, positing ideas and defending them.
The Left has not learned how to treat their opponents like Americans who differ, instead they say Conservatives or Republicans are "Stupid or Evil," Yeah, how's that helping your debate skills?
Here's the thing. The lesson the Party out of Power is supposed to learn is: Humble yourself before the voters and stick by your beliefs. When the Democrats came back into power in 2007, did they follow through with "Cleaning House?" If they did, they wouldn't be in trouble today.
We on the Right learned our lesson, and we are listening to the Tea Partiers. Our beliefs don't change with the wind, that's why there have been more Republican Presidents in my lifetime the Democrats (i.e. Wilsonianism in the Middle East. It was a belief of the Left in 1990-91 and abandoned when President George W. Bush took up the cause. Why? No reason.).
Queen Elizabeth II coined the term "Annus Horriblis," and by G-d the Democrats are living it today.
My question: What lessons should the Left learn? And what lessons should Right learn?