America’s political history over the last century – and, if we stay on our current course, its political future – can be read in two symbols that were ever-present in the last election.
With voters now living with the reality of Obamacare, and with Obama’s latest approval ratings hovering just above the percentage of people who believe in Bigfoot, the GOP suddenly confronts the challenge facing the proverbial dog who has chased cars for years and has unexpectedly caught one: What do we do now?
There are few dilemmas as uncomfortable as what psychologists call a double approach-avoidance conflict, a situation in which there are two desirable goals, but achieving either one comes with a painful cost. Democrats running for U.S. House and Senate seats in 2014 are in the grip of one right now, and it is a lulu.
Though we may be tempted to laugh at the silliness of the Democrats’ recent accusation that the Republican Party is waging a “war on women,” mainstream Americans need to brace themselves: This is but a mild example of the kind of tactic we can expect from the Obama forces during the 2012 campaign, and the left uses tactics like that because they work.