Deriding the middle

If there is one thing that we can count on from the immediate aftermath of an election, it is the annoying and unceasing bleating from the left about the intelligence of the electorate.

The electorate they are referring to is not actually America as a whole; rather, it is the 35 percent of voters who consider themselves moderates. It is these moderates who act as the arbitrators of this nation, determining which party will win a given election. In return, they receive the praise or derision of the left, depending on which choice they make.

From 2000-2005, the moderates were cast as a bunch of crazy, inbred warmongers too stupid to know which party was actually looking out for them. 2006-2009, by contrast, was a time of rational enlightenment full of swamp-draining, Hope and Change.

The days following the elections of 2010 have brought a predictable chorus from the left. The moderates are now “insane, hormonal teenagers” and fools who are dooming America to financial insolvency because they do not want yet another stimulus or ObamaCare.

Talk about bipolar. Let us think about it for a minute. For seven out of the past 11 years, the left has derided the voters most responsible for deciding the party in power. For all their complaints about the “evil” conservatives and Tea Partiers dumbing down America, promoting irrational choices and behavior and lowering the public discourse, they are the ones slinging the most mud at a group of people who tend to represent the epitome of the sensible middle class. How does such wild swing of praise and criticism help the public discourse?

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