Gracious in Victory
Using this metaphor for politics, one can see that the GOP has no manager. They have no class acts. They have no one who will step forward and keep the troops in line. Mr. Bushs first press conference has set the tone for the next four years: arrogant, petulant, strutting. It was the equivalent of pointing at the other teams dugout during a home run trot or dancing on a fallen opponent after making a slam dunk.
For athletes, these sorts of gesturesrunning up the score, stealing bases when youre up by 10 runs, bunting on a gimpy pitcher, beaning the star playerare not easily forgotten. In fact, they are NEVER forgotten and eventually fuel the defeat of the team that engages in them. Why? Because baseball, basketball and football are team sports. The good teams back up their fallen players, and regroup to fight another day. One year after losing a heartbreaking series to the New York Yankees on a homerun in Game 7, the Boston Red Sox vanquished their bitter rivals and cruised through the World Series.
It should be this way in politics, too, at least in the current climate.
If Democrats need any motivation over the next two years (until the mid-term elections) and four years (until we take the White House), heres what should be emblazoned on the wall of every Democratic Town Committee, every union hall, every NAACP chapter, every public school wall, every senior center, and every home of anyone (including moderate Republicans) who opposes George W. Bush.
The following is a selection from a popular right-wing bloggers post-election wrap-up. I believe it sums up the attitude of the GOP. Let us, then, use it to sow the seeds of their defeat:
We won: to hell with the rest of them. Those who didnt support Bush can go and perform a certain anatomically impossible act. They lost, now they can sit in the back of the bus. Thank God Almighty.
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