‘Obama Derangement Syndrome’?
Last week, my roundup of reaction to Obama’s inauguration speech prompted one commenter to accuse me of coming down with “Obama Derangement Syndrome,” to which I replied sarcastically. Now, over at Pajamas Media, I’ve written a whole article about ODS:
Where are the right-wingers mounting anything remotely like the mass demonstrations organized by International ANSWER? Where is the right-wing equivalent of the Code Pink women who disrupted congressional hearings and State of the Union speeches?
No such analogs exist. For better or worse, Republicans don’t much go for the politics of protest. Why? The GOP and the Democrats are different parties representing different coalitions with different traditions. Beginning with George McGovern’s doomed 1972 campaign, the Democrats absorbed the self-righteous political passions of the campus left. It was so easy for “progressives” to believe that Dick Cheney was a sinister schemer, that Bush was a corrupt stooge for Big Oil, that the entirety of the past eight years was one vast war crime perpetrated to serve the interests of “corporate America,” because such narratives are deeply embedded in the Left’s tradition. The same tradition dictates that when the “fascists” are ascendant, the revolutionary vanguard must lead the masses into the streets — aux barricades!
Please read the whole thing.
(Cross-posted at The Other McCain.)
Robert Stacy McCain