It is November of 2010. Democrats are reeling. The House of Representatives had been lost. The super-majority in the Senate was lost.
A loosely-tied group of organizers had out-organized the Organizer-In-Chief. Democrats were not going to take this sitting down.
Newton’s third law of motion states: “When one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction to that of the first body.”
So Democrats got started using the tools available to them. We know now that a number of prominent Democrats like Carl Levin had already begun pressuring government agencies to investigate those nefarious tea party groups. A meme was already in place that equated tea party groups to militias hell bent on overthrowing the government. Nothing could be further from the truth. But the truth is irrelevant when the President’s agenda is in danger. We now know that for a 27 month period, no tea-party-affilliated groups were granted tax-exempt status. To an extent their strategy worked and is still working. They took just enough wind out of the tea party’s sails to preserve the Democrat’s majority in the Senate and the President’s second term. Job well done.
They went back to the task of promoting their agenda. After the 2012 elections, the right was dispirited. We believed that we had the momentum and we couldn’t understand why we were not successful. The right began pointing fingers and infighting as we are prone to do in these situations. What we didn’t know at the time was we had an anchor tied to us and had still managed to weather a pretty big storm. This is not to say that we made all the right decisions during the 2012 election cycle. Far from it. I know from first-hand accounts that there were a lot of idiots in Mitt Romney’s campaign office. But we preserved our majority in the House. Right now, that could not be more important.
We are an instant gratification society. We want to fix problems immediately. Unfortunately Washington doesn’t work that way. You have to dig up information from agencies that don’t want to give it. You have to question people like Lois Lerner who don’t want to talk. Republicans, by and large, work within the rules to get to the truth, something Democrats and their willing accomplices frequently fail to do. This approach will bear fruit. Unfortunately how much, what size, and the time of delivery is unpredictable. So what should we do? Build up our backlog. Let’s look at the current news cycle:
- Fear of a government shutdown
- rodeo clowns
- Trayvon Martin – (not any more)
- Paula Deen – (quickly fading out of view)
- Jessie Jackson Jr. sentencing
- IRS scandals
- Fast and Furious (comes and goes, but will not go away)
This is just a sample. There is stuff like this going on at all times. It is merely our responsibility to identify and promote it. We don’t need to make stuff up. We also don’t need to promote stories that are insignificant. But we must bring significant stories to the attention of the national media. Here’s an example. The first story from Breitbart.com about the original Anthony Weiner scandal was posted late on Saturday, May 28, 2011. No one in any major media outlet touched the story until the following Tuesday when Sean Hannity ran a segment on his TV show about it. Later that week, Weiner had his infamous capitol steps interview with CNN where he berated their reporter. Only then did the national media smell blood in the water. It wasn’t until June 7th that we got an actual admission out of Weiner and a full two weeks after that when he finally resigned. If Weiner had not fumbled that contentious interview with CNN he very well may still be a congressman.
We need to maintain this momentum, or we’ll be swamped with “binders full of women” and “dogs on the roof of the car” stories. Despite how stupid those things sound now, they worked because we didn’t have enough stories of our own to swat them away.