Democrats Face Electoral Headwinds For 2012
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  • Richard F. Miller

    This is a crisis of legitimacy, which operates on similar principles as those facing COIN warriors, (but mercifully, far paler than is the case in failed/failing states such as Afghanistan.)

    If this sounds odd–after all, our elections are frequent, full and fair–it is because voting is only one means of establishing governmental legitimacy. The other relates to perceptions of–and more important, remedies for–corruption.

    The Meltdown undermined federal legitimacy when it became clear that despite the noise, no one–repeat, no one–has been arrested, prosecuted, disbarred or stripped of any license to do business although trillions had been lost in schemes that were doubtful at the time, rated by those who knew better, aided and abetted by government policy and politicians, and involved tens of millions of dollars flowing between Wall Street and Washington.

    On the political side two of the most corrupt malefactors–Dodd and Frank–actually have their names conferred on “reform” legislation while of the three largest recipients of FNMA contributions, one chairs Senate Foreign Relations (Kerry) while the other is President of the United States.

    The trend is bipartisan. After 9/11, no heads rolled while Tenant continued at CIA, later given a medal by Bush. Not even the 9/11 Commission was exempt, as one of the architects (Gorelick) of the dimwitted U.S. defense was a commissioner.

    Electorates don’t always get it right, but they’ve got this one right. Their living standards diminish while Harry Reid is one of the few Americans whose personal net worth rose in the last ten years.

    Long, long ago, after Pearl Harbor was attacked and during a time when the U.S. was losing badly the Pacific War, Roosevelt still established a commission to investigate the disaster. It was formed in December ’41 and reported one month later. Heads rolled.

    When did the governing elites in this country become so complacent as to assume that legitimacy, like absolute monarchy, was somehow inherited?

  • Corlyss

    Selina Zito of the Pittsbugh newspaper just finished a tour of the parts of Pennsylvania that Democrats refer to as “Alabama.” She found that the electorate was in a high dudgeon with anyone in office. She reckons that this will be an election where anyone in office will be turffed out next year.

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