Bob Herbert in the NY Times has an excellent essay which looks at the consequences of our voting behavior.Â Will we go down the wrong way again in 2008?
Voting has consequences.
I donâ€™t for a moment think that the Democratic Party has been free of egregious problems. But there are two things I find remarkable about the G.O.P., and especially its more conservative wing, which is now about all there is.
The first is how wrong conservative Republicans have been on so many profoundly important matters for so many years. The second is how the G.O.P. has nevertheless been able to persuade so many voters of modest means that its wrongheaded, favor-the-rich, country-be-damned approach was not only good for working Americans, but was the patriotic way to go.
I like this:
For the nitwits who vote for the man or woman theyâ€™d most like to have over for dinner, or hang out at a barbecue with, I suggest you take a look at how well your 401(k) is doing, or how easy it will be to meet the mortgage this month, or whether the college fund youâ€™ve been trying to build for your kids is as robust as youâ€™d like it to be.
What is it then, which drives people to act like “nitwits”, choosing a candidate at the last minute maybe, based on how they feel at the moment?Â Who are these undecideds?Â After 8 years of Republican complete control, they haven’t figured it out yet?
Who are these people in the South and Midwest who profess to be conservative but would stand to gain the most from Democratic Party policies?Â We on the left have been asking this question for awhile.Â Howard Dean was one of the first to do so openly.
Howard Dean, when he ran for Democratic Party nomination for President in 2003, talked about this strange perverse phenomena of Americans voting against their own interests, especially in the south.Â His ‘Faux News” interview was a good first attempt at pointing this out publically by a leading Democratic politician.
Thomas Frank took a stab at trying to understand in his book “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”.
I think that the current dismal state of this nation’s economy and the wreckage of its foreign policy may finally sharpen the electorate’s focus in 2008 on voting in their best interests.Â The nitwit undecideds won’t have a say this time.Â I’m hoping the nitwit conservatives who have voted against their best interest the last several elections, finally give Democrats a try.Â They might mature in their political acumen enough to stay with Democrats for a few decades.Â Who knows!