The "Audacity of Dope" becomes the force that drives the GOP turnaround
Boxed In: For Obama, the Congress under GOP control = intensified gridlock.
After George W. Bush completed his first term in his court-appointed job as President of the United States, the London Daily Times attached a flamboyant headline to a front page story about what it apparently viewed as a logic-defying 2004 re-election victory by Bush over his more cerebral opponent, John Kerry. It read something along the lines of: How Can 59 Million People be so Dumb ? Well, upon analyzing the outcome of our mid-term elections, perhaps this time the headline will read: Oops, she did it again!
For sure, the logic behind re-electing Bush in 2004 had all the scholarly value of a Britney Spears tune. But in reality, that outcome shouldn't have been shocking to the Brits then, nor should the results of these mid-terms be of much surprise to them today. If anything, both outcomes combine for a coarse doubling down of the maxim that in America, it's almost impossible for rationality, reasoning, or just plain old common sense to win a political battle against raw emotion. It is a decadent, win-at-all-cost, anything goes blood sport that masquerades as politics here in this country. In such an intensively piquant arena, rarely in the eyes of the American electorate, is erudition viewed as a weapon of any consequence.
Hence, what was again demonstrated -- through the voters' foolhardy embrace of the proponents of an, in some cases, neo-medievalist political agenda that essentially runs counter to the interests of those same voters -- is that the GOP's awareness that emotion dominates intellect can work miracles if properly channeled. It is this awareness which accounts for the strident promotion of regressive anti-intellectualism that's such a key part of the GOP political handbook. And the latest miracle it produced, of course, would be the Party's political resurrection during these mid-terms.