Verbatim John Hinderaker, from a Power Line post titled "Why Is This Election Close?":
I am afraid the problem in this year's race is economic self-interest: we are perilously close to the point where 50% of our population cares more about the money it gets (or expects to get) from government than about the well-being of the nation as a whole. Throw in a few confused students, pro-abortion fanatics, etc., and you have a Democratic majority.Shorter Hinderaker:
Hey, American people, we think you're a bunch of leeches, bomb-throwers, and morons. Vote for us!The mask is really off here: If you look forward to getting Social Security and Medicare benefits, or unemployment benefits if you lose your job, or Pell grants if you want to go to college, you're contemptible. You're not American. Sink-or-swim is the American way.
This is exactly what liberalism has been accused of being since the days of Nixon: overreliant on big theories, condescending toward ordinary Americans who are skeptical of those theories. We can debate how much liberals ever really lived up to that stereotype, but the right sure sems to be living up to it now, and really might embrace it wholeheartedly if Romney loses.