When I first looked into the attempts to recall two Colorado state senators, I decided not to write about them. These were solidly Democratic districts, and it seemed unlikely that the disorganized effort would succeed.
Think about that, and consider the notion of self-fulfilling prophecies while you’re at it.
Trende is a well-known political prognosticator, but he didn’t even bother to write about the Colorado recall efforts. Why? Because they were doomed to fail. But why were they doomed, in his mind? Because he saw them as purely partisan in nature, and by his calculus, the Republican hobbits, bitter clingers, cousin humpers, and other such riff-raff were doomed to fail because they were outnumbered.
It never crossed his pea brain that perhaps there were still some Democrats out there who cared about liberty.
Now he gets to scrabble around and try to explain why the impossible – in his mind, at least – occurred. A more interesting question, though, is how often this happens elsewhere – some grassroots effort is underway, but our more intelligent prognosticators simply ignore it because, in their considered and nuanced view, the grassroots goal is impossible.
Guess what, chattering class dickwits: American is not only stranger and more surprising than you imagine, it is stranger and more surprising than you can imagine. Which is not really all that startling. Most of you aren’t the brightest bulbs on the tree in the first place.
Jim Geraghty asks the obvious question: What else haven’t they been telling us?