Watching the conventional wisdom establishment in Washington flail around in the dramatically changed world we are now living is funny as hell. The flapping and shrieking when a politician is actually honest and says what most people in America are thinking is amazing. David Broder, for example, has just completely lost his cookies over Harry Reid's honest and unflinching willingness to stand up to George Bush.
What the CW establishment doesn't get is this:
- Voters in the real world actually like honesty and bluntness, and are sickened into death with carefully crafted, thoroughly-focused grouped talking points
- Voters in the real world want Democrats to stand up to Bush's insanity and lies, and not back down
- Voters in the real world hate this damned Iraq war
So thank you, Harry Reid, for getting it. Congratulations. And don't let all the whiny purveyors of establishment "wisdom" who are freaking out because they have no clue about the new world they are living in, worry you. Their time is over.
Mike Lux is the president of American Family Voices, an issue advocacy
group sometimes described as the "free safety" of the progressive
movement, and consults for progressive organizations and donors through
his consulting firm, Progressive Strategies, L.L.C.