05 November 2010

Return to the norm


For all the turmoil, the great Republican wave of 2010 is simply a return to the norm. The tide had gone out; the tide came back. A center-right country restores the normal congressional map: a sea of interior red, bordered by blue coasts, and dotted by blue islands of urban density.

The conventional wisdom is that these sweeps represent something novel - new media, faster news cycles, Internet frenzy, and a public with a short attention span and even less patience with government. Nonsense. Waves come. Waves go. The republic endures.

The president remains clueless. The “folks” were apparently just “frustrated” that “progress” is just too slow. Asked three times whether popular rejection of his policy agenda might have had something to do with the “shellacking” he took, he looked as if he’d been asked whether the sun had risen in the West. Why, no, he said.

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