It’s Not Only the Economy, Stupid

If the polls are right, the voters are in a very bad mood.  They are unhappy with the direction the country is heading.  They blame President Obama and Democrats in Congress for spending trillions of dollars we don’t have.  They worry about their jobs and the future of their children.  They are frustrated – and, if the polls are right, the Democrats will learn just how frustrated in November.

Some of the most important and most elite pundits in what we (out of habit) call the “mainstream” media have been pondering this state of affairs.  And these deep thinkers have just now figured out what’s really going on.  The discontent, they have concluded, has almost nothing to do with Barack Obama, his policies, or his Democratic big-spending pals in Congress.  The problem, my friends, is US!

Let’s start with the brilliant analysis of Eugene Robinson, the Pulitzer Prize winner who writes a column for the Washington Post.  In a piece that runs under the charming headline “The Spoiled-Brat American Electorate”, Robinson writes that, “According to polls, Americans are in a mood to hold their breath until they turn blue. Voters appear to be so fed up with the Democrats that they’re ready to toss them out in favor of the Republicans — for whom, according to those same polls, the nation has even greater contempt. This isn’t an ‘electoral wave,’ it’s a temper tantrum.”

Who knew that Eugene Robinson wasn’t merely a brilliant journalist, but a brilliant psychoanalyst too.  The voters are reverting to their childhood.  They are scared and in desperate need of a security blanket, which they have sadly found in the Republican Party.   “In the punditry business,” Mr. Robinson writes, “it’s considered bad form to question the essential wisdom of the American people. But at this point, it’s impossible to ignore the obvious: The American people are acting like a bunch of spoiled brats.”

Funny how those very same American people weren’t spoiled brats at all when they voted for Eugene Robison’s candidate in the 2008 presidential election.  As long as the voters were slobbering over Barrack Obama, everything was just fine.  But once the swooning ended, once the voters came back down to Earth, well, that’s when they morphed into spoiled brats throwing a tantrum.

Eugene Robinson didn’t come up with this idea all by himself.  Peter Jennings made precisely the same point in 1994 after the Republicans won control of both Houses of Congress for the first time since the 1950s.  “Some thoughts on those angry voters,” Jennings said in a radio commentary.  “Ask parents of any two-year-old and they can tell you about those temper tantrums: the stomping feet, the rolling eyes, the screaming. It’s clear that the anger controls the child and not the other way around. It’s the job of the parent to teach the child to control the anger and channel it in a positive way. Imagine a nation full of uncontrolled two-year-old rage. The voters had a temper tantrum last week. …Parenting and governing don’t have to be dirty words: the nation can’t be run by an angry two-year-old.”

Ah, but Eugene Robinson and Peter Jennings are hardly alone.  There are other brilliant pundits who have been examining the sad little mind of the American voter.  In the New York Times, Maureen Dowd came to realize that what was ailing America was … Americans.  Obama, in this view, was the wise grownup stuck with the unenviable task of governing a nation filled with fearful, mental defects.  “The dispute over the Islamic center has tripped some deep national lunacy,” she wrote. “Obama is the head of the dysfunctional family of America, a rational man running a most irrational nation, a high-minded man in a low-minded age. The country is having some weird mass nervous breakdown.”

And in Newsweek, another liberal, columnist Jonathan Alter, concluded that the American people simply do not know what’s good for them.  They “aren’t rationally aligning belief and action; they’re tempted to lose their spleens in the polling place without fully grasping the consequences,” he wrote.

Still another liberal elite, Jacob Weisberg of Slate, the on-line magazine, wrote that “The biggest culprit in our current predicament,” he wrote, is the “childishness, ignorance, and growing incoherence of the public at large.”  He is referring to the tendency of some voters to want it both ways:  give us more stuff but cut our taxes; we want government to fix our problems at the same time we want government to shrink.  Let’s be fair:  there is something to his argument.

Still, the view is taking over among the liberal media elite that the voters – yes, that means you! — are acting out.  And yes, the voters – you again! — are throwing a tantrum.  You are children — and not too smart children at that.   Of course, there’s a pretty good chance that you would get well in the proverbial New York minute if only you went back into your trance and fell in love with Obama and the Democrats all over again.  And did you notice?  The pundits didn’t write columns about voter temper tantrums and the like when they sent the Republicans packing in 2006 and 2008.  I guess they’re only tantrums worth writing about when the voters turn on their fellow liberal Democrats.

But here’s what the geniuses in America’s elite newsrooms don’t quite understand.  No one likes to be called names, especially in the promiscuous manner of the liberal elite.  Sooner or later people fight back and tell their supposed “betters” to back off.  They find a way – like going to the polls — to say, “We’ve had enough of your disdain!”

How many supposedly “incoherent” Americans are sick of being called bigots just because they don’t want a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero?

How many so-called “ignorant” Americans are tired of being slandered as haters because they support Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law, which is nothing more, really, than a watered-down version of the federal law?

How many “dysfunctional” Americans have had it with being tarred as racists because we don’t share Barack Obama’s vision of a new America?

I’m guessing a lot.  But yes, the crummy state of the economy will be issue number one on the minds of voters this November.  But this time around, it won’t  only be the economy, stupid.

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    HAMI KARZAI WILL NEGOTIATE WITH OBAMA IF: 1) USA UNEMPLOYMENT

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  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    OBAMA ECONOMY IS SO BAD, WELL, HOW BAD IS IT ??

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    BP OIL LAYED OF 25 DEMOCRAT CONGRESSMAN
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  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    BERNIE, THE GREAT IMAM BHO WANTS TO APPOINT JOHN KERRY’S

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  • Craig A Cassen

    Excellent column—for years now, I have always thought that liberals are
    simply those folks who always seem to know what’s better for you than you
    do yourself.

    And I have also repeatedly stated that any true democrat was, in truth, at
    the very least, socialistic in his/her leanings. And that a liberal democrat
    was, in my own view, nothing more than a closet communist!

    One last thing: I must reply to Ellie Velinska’s submission—we wouldn’t
    treat our sweet, loving, devoted Duchess the way I think that democrats
    as an entity should be treated!

  • Anthony

    Dear Mr. Goldberg: In my humble view: The lamestream media hams are a pathetic little lot more like a prositution ring surrounded by whores, vermin and thieves using their positions to intimidate and hoodwink the citizenry. They are like actors in a play reading lines other people right so cleverly. What’s original thought? No comprende. Meanwhile the button pushers rant, wail and crawl on their bellies like reptiles selling their modicum of soul to the highest bidder. Why expound on the truth or facts when the legend sells more airtime and publications. Check your moral compass at the door. Sorry Alice, but the meek need not apply. That’s entertainment.

  • Andy Russell

    The Elite controlled the Press, Congress and the Presidency. They have been exposed for what they are. Children who believe in fairy tales. Some of them went wild with power and displayed a ruthless attitude towards the little people. The little people who happen to pay their salaries have watched the plunder and are about put the elites in the unemployment lines.

  • pat

    -24 today.

  • Tim Ned

    As a dysfunctional American I am embarking on the strategy “Drain the Swamp” for November. The LSM may think I am dysfunctional but come November I will be fully functional at the voting booth.

  • David in Texas

    Ahhhh … November in Texas! Hunting season opens…cooler weather….fall colors…and an over all house cleaning of all the tired, old, been there way too long, corrupt, Democrats and Republicans! How refreshing it will be to see them go! And, to watch them all scratch their head afterward asking “what the hell happened”!! We’ll answer…”it was just a temper tantrum…get over it”.

    • Bruce A.

      I completly agree with you on how nice it will be to see them go. My fear is that a complete change over will do nothing except change faces. Real change will require some sacrafices from everybody and I will be very happy to do with less government & less taxes.

  • J E Viosca

    Bernie- Aren’t you glad Eugene Robinson reads your column?! Thank you for hitting the nail on the head on O’Reilly tonight. You should also have reminded Bill, when he said Obama’s not behind the liberal insults, that our President has suggested there is ‘too much information’ out there, and people should just get their news from the Huffington Post.

  • Randy

    You’re right: It’s not just the economy. It’s also the leftists who finally felt confident enough to expose their real agenda, which scares any freedom-loving American to no end. The elites, grads of Harvard and Yale, the People Smarter Than Us, have been running things, and we’ve watched as the schools, economy, business, government, morals, et al go steadily down the tubes. Well, we’re not following our Betters over the cliff any more. They took prayer out of school and replaced it with gunfire. Sheesh, how much more do we need to see?

  • Mr. GJG

    Great column Bernie, except for where you give credence to Weisburg of Slate.
    Most of us don’t want it “both ways” from the government, just less government.
    I just want them to protect our borders and fix pot-holes.

  • Kathie Ampela

    What goes around comes around. How can a network afford to pay one of their anchors 15 million a year when nobody watches them? Just who pays their salaries, anyway, where does all that money come from? I loved Katie Couric’s recent lecture about our “values” with respect to the GZM..I didn’t know that was in the job description of a network news anchor! Here is a funny compilation of Katie Couric’s top 40 most biased quotes in 4 years as CBS anchor:
    http://www.mrc.org/static/profiles/KatieCouric/liberalspin.aspx.

  • Dean

    All those new voters that put out the “O” signs and “HOPE” signs are now, to the MSM, just children throwing tantrums. Hmmm, most of those new voters were on college campuses urging other students to “vote O”. So they voted “O” because it was the “in” thing to do. And now they are using their intellect to actually get involved and find out what is really going on. And who better to “throw tantrums” than a college grad who is deeply in debt, can’t find a job to pay for that debt, and is realizing that “O” doesn’t have the answers and maybe didn’t all along. Kind of exciting isn’t it? The emperor has no clothes!

  • KrisL

    I’m guessing that the TV stations that let their reporters bad-mouth viewers are going to lose ratings. I wouldn’t stick with a channel that kept saying mean things about people with my views, at least not if those mean things were false.

    The person who wrote that his Jewish friends are still pro-Obama, that puzzles me too. Are these friends also pro-Israel?

    I’m really tired of USA and Israel getting a bum rap when countries with real civil right violations get a free ride and a chance in the UN to criticize us.

  • EddieD_Boston

    You’d known better than me Bernie but my guess is most newsrooms are filled with rich kids that have had it pretty easy in life. That’s why they have so
    much contempt for the military. How many of Anderson Cooper’s childhood friends joined the Navy upon graduation? What about Olberman? He’s from Westchester right? Not exactly blue collar. How about diversity to include working class white people?

  • Terry Walbert

    Bernie,

    If anyone is having a tantrum here, it’s Robinson, Dowd, et al.

  • http://www.bigbureaucracy.com/ Ellie Velinska

    I think the MSM treats the voter like a dog.

  • JDO

    Somehow making an analogy between my three-year-old’s tantrum over not getting any gummi bears and discontented voters upset with the current “leaders” of our nation doesn’t quite work for me. Sorry, MSM, but Obama isn’t my dad, and never will be.

  • JDO

    They “aren’t rationally aligning belief and action; they’re tempted to lose their spleens in the polling place without fully grasping the consequences,” – This sounds familiar … oh, wait, Voters for Obama, November 2008.

  • http://orbis@bellsouth.net Jan

    Mr Goldberg,
    Your column was right, as usual!! Let’s just hope the center right country realizes what is happening now with the Democrats’ Liberal agenda and attempts to smear the Conservatives. Reid, Pelosi, Gibbs, MSM, and Holder are great mouth pieces, and the Left have all their talking points down, but we all need to hear what they are saying, so the real change can be made this November loud and clear!

  • Chief

    I work in one of the most educated cities in the world and the opinions expressed by the media elite go unquestioned here. When I confront my fellow workers about their opinions I find that they have not used their reasoning but rather simply adopted the media’s byline. I just wish more people used their critical thinking to evaluate their political stance. The economy is in serious trouble and Obama’s plan to send back penny’s on taxed dollars to fix potholes is pathetic.

  • Jan

    Bernard,
    You are right again!! Not surprising, of course, as I follow your columns weekly. Don’t forget nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, as well as Eric Holder personally, and their endless Liberal agenda that the President always backs wholeheartedly. The President and Pelosi can’t get enough cheek kissing in, as a matter of fact. Hope the voters are taking notice of all, as this is a right country and they are all way out of the main stream.
    Thanks again,
    Jan

  • Harold

    Bernie, all my Jewish friends voted for Obama. They still feel the same way. Explain.

  • Phil Kaiser

    Bernie, I do disagree with one thing you asserted: we DO NOT want government to fix our problems at the same time we want government to shrink. I don’t know where you got that idea, but you need to be disabused of it immediately!

    Thank you,

    Phil Kaiser
    Searsport, Maine

  • Bruce A.

    Bernie, you got it! Now why can’t our government get it?

  • Pete Simon

    As always, a great column Bernie. You are spot on. I have been a life long dimocrat and finally have had a belly full of the liberals and their spin meister bs. I voted Republican in the primaries with my eyes wise open no longer blinded by the cloud of lies the liberals put out. Keep telling the message of the truth, Bernie.

  • Buz Chertok

    Robinson, Dowd, Alter et al are preaching to an ever shrinking choir. Absolutely nobody you mentioned who opposses Obama’s policies, the Mosque or any area championed by those bigotted fools can read their drivel without being insulted with the result that they will avoid reading them in the future and that includes over 70% of New York City residents who buy stuff advertised in the N.Y.Times. The newspapers and magazines that feature them will find that it is already too late to moderate in the highly unlikely event that would even want to because their animosity and disdain for the “great unwashed” is indelibly planted in peoples minds. I think that the coming wave against the dems in the next election will take our “betters” in the media out as well and it will certainly be good riddance.

  • James Miller

    Fantastic job again Bernie. Though Eugene Robinson and Maureen Dowd are a guilty pleasure of mine, their recent articles are indeed loads of elitism garbage. The American people aren’t throwing a temper tantrum, its the liberal media that is. Honestly, how many times must Keynesian economic policy fail in this country for people to realize it’s b/s? Bring back the gold standard and charge Bernanke and Greenspan with theft.

  • B

    Way to go, indeed, sir!! Assassination of character is all the DIMS have to offer this Nov. I hope the voters are not lulled into a false sense of security and let ACORN steal the election.

  • Bruce R

    Great reporting and a story that needs to be told, however, I do hope that Americans realize this is not new, as Mr Goldberg points out. Do we remember “the angry white man” in the years we were trying to trust republicans in this country? It is odd that when we elect persons from the democratic side of the isle, we are then refered to as “Soccer moms”

  • http://www.lillian-davis.blogspot.com Lily

    Sounds like a strong case of projection to me!!!

    Actually the facts are these, legacy media lives in an ivory tower, held in place by a paper messiah and they don’t want to break faith with their chosen one.

  • EddieD_Boston

    These quotes are amazing. These elites have so much contempt for us it’s sickening. Let’s get them back and get a good laugh about it in November.

  • Karen

    It is time we show them a real tantrum and stop giving them any credibility!

  • Chuck Dreier

    Simply stated – a great column Bernie.