Fear and Loathing in D.C.
I’m not sure if you guys noticed it in recent weeks. I mean, if you read along here on the site, you’ve picked up on it, but I don’t think it’s fully dawned on a lot of folks yet. About half the time, we get the feeling of general ignorance or indifference from Washington D.C. toward the people that elect them. But now it’s really become abundantly clear that they just downright don’t like us.
They are a class all their own, with very little time to deal with the common folk. Though polling shows clearly where the Republican base wants to go, the Republicans in power scoff or even yell at us, calling us anything from disingenuous to traitors. They are saying that to their own voters, their own people. I can only imagine what they are saying about Dem-… Okay, no. Couldn’t keep a straight face there. We know good and well they are skipping down the road to Congress every morning, hand in hand.
You know the old Looney Tunes bit where the sheep dog and the wolf are friendly right up until they clock in to work and then they are enemies until the end of the day? That’s Washington D.C. And we are the sheep. We’re the ones mindlessly standing around while they fight out in front of us and think nothing of what goes on when the day is over. Sure, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell reportedly don’t like each other at all, but were it not for the pressures of the voting base, the two would probably be working similar angles on legislation (a lot more openly).
The problem with D.C., and it’s a problem both Democrats and Republicans have, is that they don’t fear the voters anymore. They don’t respect them. The Republicans feel a sense of entitlement solely because re-election rates are so rampantly high. They see their re-election as something they are entitled to, not something to be earned. Democrats? Well, we know they like to sew the seeds of government benefits and do little more than reap the votes they’ve grown. They see voters as little more than a way to retain power and push for a liberal utopia that can never actually exist.
As Daniel, Erick and the others have and will continue to point out, the 2014 primary season is a big moment. This is the most active primary season certainly in my lifetime (I’m merely one-quarter century old), and the divide between D.C. and the voters could very well be narrowed if the right men are elected. Now, it’s not enough to simply have one active primary season. It’s not enough to win here. They will still loathe us. But it’s a start. It’s a chance to show that 2010 wasn’t a fluke, that we’re capable of fighting back.
Boehner doesn’t fear the repercussions from voters. McConnell doesn’t either. The rest of their brood thinks of us as little more than naughty kids in need of a spanking. Send them home election after election and make them rethink that.