A lot of the post-election commentary has been entertaining, if not
very enlightening. To any disinterested observer, the Republicans had
a good day on the whole last Tuesday. Not an unalloyed success, bearing
in mind the self-inflicted wound in New York, but looking at New Jersey
and Virginia, a pretty good day. So the question was how this good
result for the Republicans was going to be turned into a bad result, or
a result of no significance either way.
Eric Alterman explains "why Democrats are smiling". Sort of explains.
While the Democratic brand is obviously not what it was when so many of us were brought to tears a year ago by that beautiful scene in Grant Park, Republicans are on the verge of civil war. The sure-to be-a loser side appears to have all the soldiers and the reasonable-sounding side, and the one that can win, appears to have well, not much going on. The Republicans' suicide will be anything but painless if this keeps up--and it will, if only to continue to juice Fox's ratings.
Well, as you can see, the piece is not a model of clarity. I've read that second sentence four or five times and I'm still not sure what it means. (Didn't the reasonable-sounding side that can win, in fact, just do so? Can you win and still have "not much going on"? What else apart from winning do you really need to have going on?) But over the course of the article it does emerge that Alterman sincerely believes the Democrats have cause to celebrate Tuesday's results. Well done!