In Times of Woe, Dems Can Turn to Demographics, Dog Videos

Searching for solace after a political sea change

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President Obama had a distinctly emo tone in his press conference after his electoral “shellacking,” Wonkette’s Jack Stuef noticed. Obama’s “tone and face were dire,” and he didn’t seem too convinced “this whole ‘bipartisanship’ thing” would work out. Obama is “probably just going to lay on the couch in his sweatpants eating arugula chips for the next couple years,” Steuf wrote. “Cheer up, young president. Economies improve eventually. It Gets Better.”

Stuef wasn’t the only one encouraging the president and Democrats to cheer up. Liberals are turning to demographics, heroic dogs, and the fact that pundits are always wrong to lift their spirits.

  • Pundits Are Always Wrong, Jonathan Chait reminds depressed readers. “People are myopic, and political pundits are no exception. They tend to project the most recent trend as a straight line, and fail to anticipate future changes. All the talk today is about Democratic over-reach and the center-right electorate. But there are plenty of reasons Democrats can snap back.” Exhibit A: A column by Stu Rothenberg just a year and a half ago, which prognosticated that “the chance of Republicans winning control of either chamber in the 2010 midterm elections is zero. Not ‘close to zero.’ Not ‘slight’ or ‘small.’ Zero.”
  • Demographics Are on Democrats’ Side, Chait continues. First, they’ve got the youth vote--young people are overwhelmingly liberal. They vote sporadically now, but time is on Democrats’ side. Second, Dems have the Latino vote--”The Republican Party may have a collective long-term interest in courting Hispanics. But the individual short-term interest of Republican politicians is demonizing them.” The old white folks scared of immigrants will deliver big victories for the GOP, until they all eventually die.
  • Plus, There Are Heroic Dog Videos, Alex Balk writes at The Awl. "Whether you are depressed, confused or resigned by the new America we made on Tuesday, let's not forget to take time to celebrate the beautiful quotidian oddities of life. I'm talking about the things that speak to that secret place in all of us, like when a news crew captures footage of a dog snaring a salmon from an overflowing river. Chin up, everybody. It could always be worse. I mean, it almost certainly will, so enjoy this for now."

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