Top 10 Liberal Excuses for Election Debacle

To most of America, the midterm election was a clear repudiation of President Obama’s policies: big government, out-of-control spending, and the intrusive healthcare law. But rather than face that hard truth, liberals too easily embrace excuses to try to explain away their election debacle:

1. Stimulus was too small: If only trillions more in taxpayer money had been spent in the stimulus package, the economy would be humming by now. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote, “The real story of this election, then, is that of an economic policy that failed to deliver.… America needed a much stronger program than what it actually got … the inadequacy of the stimulus was obvious from the beginning.”

2. Voters were scared: Even before the election, President Obama tried to divert blame from himself to the American voter, saying, “Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument do[ ] not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared.”

3. Republicans were better at communicating: It wasn’t Obama’s policies that cost the Democrats; it was how Republicans portrayed the President. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote, “Republicans out-communicated a silver-tongued President who was supposed to be Ronald Reagan’s heir in the communications department. They were able to persuade a lot of Americans that the couple in the White House was not American enough, not quite ‘normal,’ too Communist, too radical, too Great Society.”

4. It was Bush’s fault: By liberal logic, if the Democrats lost the election because of the economy, and Bush was responsible for the bad economy, then Bush made them lose. Peter Beinart wrote in The Daily Beast, “Maybe the greatest blame lies with America’s pre-recession policies. For years, green-eyeshade types had been warning that America needed an economic surplus to prepare for the huge entitlement costs imposed by the baby boom retirement. Instead, George W. Bush … spent the surplus on war, tax cuts and expanding entitlements, leaving Americans anxious about debt even before the economic meltdown.”

5. Campaign money: It became the Democratic mantra that donations from corporate interests swayed voters, ignoring how unions outspent everyone. Jeanne Cummings wrote in Politico, “A cadre of big-money Republican outside groups worked together to spend millions to take down the Democratic House majority, carefully coordinating their ad buys and political messages through a series of regular meetings and phone calls aimed at picking off selected Democrats.”

6. Pelosi demonized: Dan Rather has largely disappeared after his dishonest reporting on President Bush’s National Guard record. But he surfaced long enough to give us this gem on why the Democrats lost: “The Republicans have been very smart. You do need a villain and Nancy Pelosi … is from San Francisco. She is a woman. A bastion of the liberal left. Ideal villain and they made a villain of her and they have demonized her from day one.”

7. Fox News did it: When in doubt, blame Fox News. That’s what Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank did, writing “At Rupert Murdoch’s cable network, the entity that birthed and nurtured the Tea Party movement, Election Day was the culmination of two years of hard work to bring down Barack Obama.”

8. Too focused on getting things done: President Obama says he was so busy working to solve problems that he forgot to tell the voters how much he accomplished: “I think that, over the course of two years we were so busy and so focused on getting a bunch of stuff done that, we stopped paying attention to the fact that leadership isn’t just legislation.”

9. The voters are like hormonal teenagers: The voters had a hissy-fit, according to Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, who wrote, “A distinguished colleague of mine likens the wiggy mood of the nation to that of a hormonal teenager. What do you call an electorate that seems prone to acting out irrationally, is full of inchoate rage, and is constantly throwing fits and tantrums?”

10. Denial: MSNBC commentators kept repeating that Republicans should have done much better considering the state of the economy. “This is not historic,” intoned Keith Olbermann of the GOP blowout.