Yet, it seems there is a desire from within our own ranks to relax on the schadenfreude because ultimately, we gain nothing if our greatest successes are derived from being right about the existence of a bomb that just exploded. There's some logic to that argument. Certainly our goal should be to prevent disaster, not simply be correct that it was looming.
But when it comes to politics, unlike bomb disabling, there's the additional component of narrative. Narratives are what the press uses to paint the picture they've already concluded is accurate. It is what drives public opinion and what can make or break a candidate or policy. From time to time we find ourselves in the midst of unique leadership that is capable of transcending narratives and speaking directly to people in a way that defies the press, but that's certainly not something we can or should count on and that definitely wasn't Mitt Romney.
The thing that people who want us to stop gloating are missing, even as they acknowledge it happened, is the importance of Sarah Palin & John McCain giving these same warnings in 2008.
"After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama's reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence – the kind of response that would only encourage Russia's Putin to invade Ukraine next."
"I said before, watch Ukraine. Ukraine, right now, is in the sights of Vladimir Putin, those that want to reassemble the old Soviet Union."
As was the case with Romney, the press and the punditry pummeled them on their warmongering view of the world. Didn't they know we were still experiencing the glorious peace dividend that Bill Clinton so graciously bestowed upon us?
But beyond the snark about being right, consider this: what is it that between 2008 and 2012 made it possible for the Obama to push the same nonsense narrative that Russia was no threat even as Putin defied us with Iran, relations continued a downward slope and more and more rumblings of hardline KGP antics made their way out from behind the "former" Iron Curtain?
Well if you've been paying attention, it's media narratives. And media narratives only lose their power when media loses their credibility. So how does media lose their credibility? We do exactly what we've been doing. We force the press to cover themselves and we bring up the fact that we were right about this important issue as much as possible.
Democrats, even the charismatic ones, can only win so much of people's hearts and minds on their own. They need the media to push along their narratives. But as much as they love a guy like Obama, they have equal hatred for looking like a fool. Forcing them into that choice is just good politics.
Ben Howe is a Contributing Editor at RedState.com and the Founder and Creative Director of Mister Smith Media, a production company focusing on public policy issues and current events. He is also the director and executive producer of the film, BANKRUPT: How Cronyism & Corruption Brought Down Detroit.
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