A friend, deeply frustrated after talking to clueless Republicans, wonders why Democrats can’t get their message out. She says:
What’s so darn hard about spreading the word, and repeating it and repeating it and repeating it, like Republicans do?
Indeed, it should be the easiest thing in the world. And yet it’s not, for all the reasons we already know: the media is not liberal, the left doesn’t have the “talking-point-factories-disguised-as-think-tanks” infrastructure, Democrats by nature are not authoritarian and aren’t in the habit of falling in line, etc. etc.
As a result we get narratives like this:
Post-SCOTUS ACA decision I got thinking that if the shoe were on the other foot and the healthcare law were ruled unconstitutional, there’d be a deafening roar of “GET OVER IT YOU LOST MOVE ON” from the right. Bush v Gore, Scott Walker recall, Prop. 8 vote, every close electoral race where the Republican emerged triumphant amid cloudy circumstances, that’s what they do: TIME TO MOVE ON discussion is over, it’s been decided, next issue, please! For some bizarre reason the media obeys this directive, maybe because the right is shouting it so loud.
We don’t hear that when Democrats win, though. We’re not hearing that now, even though Chuck Schumer tried that line and even though a Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that the majority of Americans feel like the issue has been decided and it’s time to move on and drop the obstruction. And no wonder: people get worn down by the endless debates over this stuff. They want it to be over. No one has the stomach for a round three or four of this fight.
I think I’d like to hear every Democrat on every panel discussion and Sunday Bobblehead show just repeat, ad nauseum: “It’s over. The bill was passed by Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court. It’s done, over, finished. Move on.”
The bill was passed by Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court. It’s done, over, finished. Move on. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Next issue, please?