This is not your mother’s Demo­cratic Party

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The Demo­cratic Party’s at­ti­tude to­ward elec­tions is ad­mirable: Win. And re­cent his­tory has shown it will do any­thing to do so. When, if not now, will Repub­li­cans de­velop such a fight­ing spirit?

Democrats in­vest — with tax­payer money, mind you — in groups like ACORN that, among other sor­did tac­tics, seek out Skid Row bodies and wheel them to polling places. All the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee needs are vans and smelling salts. Pop cul­ture and the “ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem” have done the rest, mak­ing “D” the de­fault choice on Elec­tion Day.

Democrats brazenly take pol­icy po­si­tions — think gov­ern­ment ser­vices and even amnesty for il­le­gal im­mi­grants — not be­cause they are the right thing to do, but be­cause they are time-tested de­mo­graphic bribes. For­get cigarettes and beer, Democrats would dis­trib­ute nee­dles, methadone, med­i­cal mar­i­juana and bis­cotti in voter goodie bags if they could get away with it.

Democrats long ago jet­ti­soned Amer­ica’s melt­ing-pot ideal — E Pluribus Unum (“Out of Many, One”) — be­cause it im­per­ils their cam­paign for per­ma­nent rule. Split­ting the coun­try into sep­a­rate iden­tity groups and play­ing them against each other works a lot bet­ter. And any­one who dis­agrees is a racist. Win. Win. Win. One of the first things Pres­i­dent Obama at­tempted to do af­ter tak­ing of­fice was to take con­trol of the Cen­sus Bureau, an act that could re­draw con­gres­sional dis­tricts and en­sure Demo­cratic ma­jori­ties for years to come. The new pres­i­dent also etched out an en­e­mies list, fo­cus­ing on con­ser­va­tive talkra­dio hosts, in­clud­ing Rush Lim­baugh. He also ap­pears to have sin­gled out Fox News. Co­me­di­ans and main­stream jour­nal­ists who are usu­ally con­temp­tu­ous of gov­ern­ment bul­ly­ing and First Amend­ment threats also con­tinue to do the pres­i­dent’s bid­ding.

Th­ese overt po­lit­i­cal ges­tures were done amid eco­nomic chaos and main­stream me­dia delir­ium to en­sure per­ma­nent victory for a newly rad­i­cal­ized Demo­cratic Party. Moveon.org, Ge­orge Soros and the ghost of Saul Alin­sky are in charge now. It’s not just “tea party” pro­test­ers who think we’ve tilted far left. Self-avowed an­ar­chists and open so­cial­ists proudly bran­dished Obama plac­ards at well-at­tended May Day pa­rades.

When elected, the Democrats dole out bil­lion-dol­lar bonuses to their core sup­port­ers at tax­pay­ers’ ex­pense. Wit­ness the $787 bil­lion stim­u­lus pack­age, an orgy of spe­cial-in­ter­est pay­back for la­bor unions, lib­eral ac­tivist groups and multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tions. One would be hard pressed to name a Demo­cratic pol­icy that is mo­ti­vated more by prin­ci­ple than by winning.

Where is the me­dia to ex­pose this bla­tant cor­rup­tion when the me­dia are in the mid­dle of the pile? NBC News, whose par­ent com­pany Gen­eral Elec­tric is get­ting bil­lions in stim­u­lus cash to per­pet­u­ate Demo­crat-friendly “green” tech­nolo­gies and health care in­for­ma­tion sys­tems, is at the fore­front of a bizarre cam­paign to act as a check on the party that is out of power, not the party in power. NBC an­chor Brian Wil­liams bowed to the new pres­i­dent; MSNBC is a Fellini-es­que ex­er­cise in lib­eral tri­umphal­ism.

With Democrats hold­ing comfortable ma­jori­ties in the House and Se­nate, as well as con­trol­ling the ex­ec­u­tive branch, it’s only log­i­cal that the main­stream me­dia fo­cus their scru­tiny on Mr. Lim­baugh, ex-Rep. Tom De­Lay, for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush and Sarah Palin, the gov­er­nor of one of the least pop­u­lous states. Right?

NBC News and MSNBC are cer­tainly not along among the gov- ern­ment watch­dogs that have been tamed. The New York Times ex­pends its con­sid­er­able yet wan­ing clout to en­sure that our fu­ture is in a one-party state. Vo­cal, lib­eral Hol­ly­wood celebri­ties — on the same page as the Huff­in­g­ton Post and Keith Ol­ber­mann — spread the venom by mak­ing mem­ber­ship in the Grand Old Party seem like an anti-so­cial act for young vot­ers.

Such brazenly rep­re­hen­si­ble Demo­cratic law­mak­ers as Nancy Pelosi, John P. Murtha, Bar­ney Frank, Harry Reid and Christo­pher J. Dodd are not trot­ted be­fore the me­dia be­cause of their tele­genic ap­peal and or­a­tor­i­cal skills, but to act as sym­bols of what politi­cians can get away with it. It’s a big-league taunt — like gang mem­bers in prison sport­ing “tear” tat­toos un­der their eyes to brag about their kill count. Yeah [. . . ] What are you go­ing to do about it, Mr. Boehner and Mr. McCon­nell?

Yet Democrats at least wield a log­i­cal and work­able strat­egy to de­feat their en­emy. And “en­emy” is pre­cisely how they view the Repub­li­can Party.

Repub­li­cans, on the other hand, act like a snobby condo board and ap­pear to seek out po­ten­tial vot­ers for their sa­vori­ness. The party ex­pects pre-ex­ist­ing re­spectable or­ga­ni­za­tions, Protes­tant churches in par­tic­u­lar, to do the heavy lift­ing. In this day of dwin­dling Repub­li­can ap­peal, the party’s ace in the hole is heard at the end of the polling day: “Have they counted the over­seas mil­i­tary vote yet?” It’s amaz­ing Repub­li­cans ever win.

Most dis­turb­ing, Repub­li­cans seem to think Democrats can be their friends. Not only does the Repub­li­can Party not have a Ron­ald Rea­gan, the Demo­cratic Party has no Tip O’Neill. Wash­ing­ton doesn’t have end-of-the-day, cross-party so­cial ses­sions over sin­gle-malt scotches. There is no bi­par­ti­san­ship that doesn’t end in Repub­li­cans ac­qui­esc­ing in de­feat of their core prin­ci­ples. A co­or­di­nated Demo­cratic cam­paign against main­stream mid­dle-of-the-road Re­pub­li­can­ism is here to stay. And our strat­egy, as best as I can de­ci­pher it, is to be more liked than the last go around.

In the next elec­tion cy­cle, things need to be dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent. Democ­racy is not Au­gusta Na­tional Golf Club. It’s a messy free-for-all, and in a twoparty sys­tem, the GOP will not sur­vive if it doesn’t ac­cept the fact that the Democrats are its en­emy and that it must be­gin to play for keeps. That means find­ing an­other Lee At­wa­ter — only meaner — and not apol­o­giz­ing when we get him.

An­drew Bre­it­bart is the founder of the news Web site www.bre­it­bart.com and is co-au­thor of “Hol­ly­wood In­ter­rupted: In­san­ity Chic in Baby­lon — The Case Against Celebrity.”

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