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Four years of a Democratically-controlled Congress, coupled with two years of the Obama administration, gave the American progressive movement more power than it had ever achieved before. Not Democrats, progressives. Democrats have had control of the White House and substantial majorities in both houses of Congress prior to 2008, but never with a party comprised of people tilted so far to the progressive side of the ledger. Thinking they had achieved what political strategist James Carville referred to as the beginning of a “40 year ascendancy,” they began implementing their agenda with little regard for public concern. On November 2nd, a concerned public thoroughly rejected them.
So what do far-left ideologues do when they have recently endured a clear-cut rejection of their ideology? Apparently a good number of them take to the airwaves and tell the American public–with smug certainty, no less–what motivates a madman. Facts, as demonstrated by progressives who have sought to tie the tragedy in Arizona to anything and everything conservative absent a shred of evidence, do not matter. Alleged shooter Jared Loughner has become the “vehicle du jour” for a progressive movement in utter denial of reality. It is a denial so profound that they would rather believe what happened on election day was a spasm of national insanity. One which would have been impossible without the likes of Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, et al., driving the public “over the edge.”
Yet it wasn’t a “racist” Tea Party movement which foisted a 2700-page health care bill and nearly a trillion dollars of “stimulus” spending on a public that wanted no part of either one. It wasn’t “hate-filled” talk radio who ran up record-setting deficits, nationalized banks, car companies and student loans, or apologized for America all over the world. It wasn’t a “trigger-happy” Sarah Palin who spoke of a “Recovery Summer,” 3.5 million jobs “created or saved” or the “green shoots” of economic recovery, even as progressives and their media enablers kept referring to disappointing employment reports month after month as “unexpected.” It isn’t “evil” conservatives who are trying enact regulations via the EPA, FCC or other government agencies, without Congressional input.
From 2006-2008, Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. From 2008-2010, Democrats were in complete control of the federal government, including substantial periods of time, due to Arlen Specter’s change of party affiliation, and Al Franken’s delayed victory in Minnesota, where they enjoyed a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate. As a result, despite all talk of Republican “obstructionism,” they did what they wanted. As such, it has became virtually impossible to characterize November’s 63-seat loss in the House and a 6-seat loss in the Senate, as anything other than the electorate’s repudiation of their efforts.
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