One of the main themes coming from the punditocracy in the wake of yesterday’s election is that the Democrats are making a mistake if they think anyone likes them. This was strictly an anti-Bish result, apparently. If Demcrats start following those lunatic lefty impulses they’re prone too, they’ll quickly find the country rebelling against them. So much more important that they be bipartisan and centrist.
I would only add to their analyses that precisely the same advice was given ot George W. Bush in the wake of the contested 2000 election. With the nation so closely divided, the pundits intoned, Bush will be forced to govern from the center. Of course, Bush did exactly the opposite. He said a win is a win, whether it comes by getting more votes or by having an ideological Supreme Court on your side. Then he launched the most right-wing administration in the history of this country.
And the voters loved him for it. They’ve only turned on him now because there is actually tangible harm coming from Bush’s policies.
The Democrats should try governing with force and conviction, for a change. If the voters want to punish them two years from now, so be it.